2024 Hostplus SANFLW Season Eight Launch

The SANFL has launched season eight of the Hostplus SANFL Women’s League which is set to be the most significant yet for female football in South Australia.

The competition has been expanded to a bumper 14 home-and-away fixture in 2024, with a highlight to be the historic inaugural Women’s State game between SANFL and WAFL, to be played in Perth on the weekend of Saturday May 4.

Season 2024 also marks the extension of the State League naming rights partnership between SANFL and Hostplus, one of Australia’s largest industry superannuation funds and named 2024 Money Magazine Superannuation Fund of the Year.

SANFL’s relationship with Hostplus, which merged with former SANFL naming rights partner Statewide Super in 2022, dates back to the inaugural SANFLW competition in 2017.

SANFL Chief Executive Officer Darren Chandler said the League was delighted to have such a respected national brand as Hostplus continue its support for football in this State.

“Our partnership with Hostplus started in 2022 and already they have made a remarkable contribution to our elite-level competitions and community football in SA,” Mr Chandler said.

“This is a tremendous boost for SANFL football and great recognition of our State League competitions as the best in the nation – it certainly stands football in SA in great stead for the future.

North Adelaide claimed the $1000 prize courtesy of AAMI for the Race to the Cup. Picture – David Mariuz

“Our valued partnership with Hostplus has helped both our SANFL and SANFLW leagues to grow over the past two years and significantly increase audience reach and fan engagement,” he said.

“We now look forward to building on this strong and successful partnership for the benefit of football at all levels.”

Officially launching the season today, Mr Chandler said there was a great air of excitement around the start of 2024 Hostplus SANFLW League.

“On the back of SA’s back-to-back U18s AFL Girls National Championship wins over the past two years, and the growing depth of youth talent in this State, there is an exciting crop of emerging stars, combined with mature age talent across all eight SANFL Clubs,” Mr Chandler said.

“In addition, there are a number of AFLW-listed players from Port Adelaide and Adelaide poised to make appearances throughout the season, an indication of the League’s reputation as the premier State League competition.”

In 2023, more than 8,600 women and girls played competitive football at SA clubs, compared to approximately 4000 in 2017, while a record 2,870 girls participated in AFL Auskick in South Australia in 2023.

The SANFLW season kicks off with two games under lights at Thebarton Oval and The Parade on Friday night, followed by games on Saturday afternoon and evening.

A $10 entry fee for adults, $5 concession, has been introduced for standalone Hostplus SANFL Women’s League matches this year, under-18s are still free entry.

All matches will be streamed live and on-demand on SANFL Now. For more details and to subscribe visit sanflnow.com.au

The 2024 Hostplus SANFL Women’s League Grand Final will be played on Saturday, July 6 and will be broadcast by the Seven Network.

Round 1 Hostplus SANFLW League Fixture

Friday, March 1

West Adelaide v South Adelaide | Thebarton Oval | 7:40pm

Norwood v Central District | Coopers Stadium | 7:40pm


Saturday, March 2

Woodville-West Torrens v Sturt | Eastern Parade Reserve (Ottoway) | 1:00pm

North Adelaide v Glenelg | Thebarton Oval | 6:30pm