More money, more matches, more opportunity: VFL changes for 2022

Salary cap increase and an extra two games -- hopes for a return to normal next year ??

Some key points:

  • Increases to $220,000 for VFL standalones and $110,000 for AFL and aligned clubs.
  • Concessions of $10,000 outside the cap allowed for development coaches and $5000 for indigenous coaches.
  • AFL and aligned clubs have 30 listed players (15 primary, 15 development including maximum of 13 Category A: NAB League or Northern Academy players who are still engaged in the talent pathway program, aged under 22).
  • All clubs to field 23 players per match - AFL and aligned: A minimum of seven under-22 players, including a 23rd man who must be an active 18-19yo player from the club’s development list, an aligned NAB League club or Northern Academy. Under-18 players must be approved by the AFL
  • The new fixture will start on the weekend of March 26-27 and feature 22 rounds, with the 21 clubs receiving four byes each.
  • Matches dates and starting times will again align with the AFL schedule wherever possible.
  • Each club will receive nine home matches as they welcome their loyal members and supporters back to the footy.