Improvements have been made ahead of the 2019 Barossa, Light and Gawler Female Football competition to support the fast-growing sport.
Late last month The Co-op BLGW committee met and agreed to a number of changes including the addition of an Under 11 grade for females aged nine to 11
“The extra grade means females aged from nine through to senior ranks will have the opportunity to play in our competition,” former female football director Natalie Seaman said.
However, the committee shared the U11s won’t likely be referred to as a competition.
“We just want to see how many girls we get and structure the games to suit,” she said.
“It will probably be more of a scratch match or come and play type format, but we will make a decision in early next year.”
This means BLGW age groups for 2019 will involve U11s, U14s, U17s and Senior Womens.
“Looking to the future, the only age group we don’t currently have covered is the Auskick program for girls aged under nine,” Ms Seaman said.
Yet the Auskick program is already in the committee’s sights.
In addition, committee members agreed to U17s and Senior Womens moving to 16 a side, full field competition.
“This is something that the players have wanted since the first season and we are confident that the competition is now at a stage where this is possible,” Ms Seaman explained.
The U11s will play on one third of a field and the U14s on two thirds of a field.
Next year South Gawler and Nuriootpa will help grow the competition by fielding teams in all age groups.
Meanwhile, the 2019 season will again run for nine weeks with matches played on Sunday mornings which will begin in April.
“This time we are aiming to follow the men’s BLG season for the first half of their season as far as the fixture goes,” Ms Seaman said.
For example, this would mean when Tanunda play Nuriootpa at Tanunda on the Saturday, then all the Tanunda female teams would play all the Nuriootpa female teams at Tanunda the following morning.
“Of course this will depend on a few logistical things, but that is our aim.”
Ms Seaman, who stepped down from her role as Female Football director will see Joanne Glazbrook from Gawler Central Football Club take up the position.
The Co-op and Barossa Herald will once again sponsor the event.
To view the BLGW grand final action from this year click here.