There remains a huge amount of work to be done to explore and understand athlete and team performance in women’s sport. This is true for sports that have had professional or elite women’s competitions for some time. It’s especially pertinent in sports like Australian football, in which the top-tier women’s competition was only established in 2017.
Here’s a snapshot of the available knowledge about AFLW matchplay:
- I conducted Google and Google Scholar searches for ‘aflw’ and ‘women australian football’.
- I combed through links on the first few pages of results, identifying pieces of work that focused specifically on aspects of AFLW matchplay.
- I could only find 3 papers that feature data from AFLW players and matches (there are a handful more if you include women’s state leagues and academies)
- Fortington et al., 2016, ‘Priorities for injury prevention in women’s Australian football: a compilation of national data from different sources’
- Clarke et al., 2018, ‘Physical demands and technical performance in Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) competition match-play’
- Clarke et al., 2018, ‘Comparison of the match running demands of elite and sub-elite women’s Australian Football’, Sci Med Football
- Black et al., 2018, ‘A skill profile of the national women’s Australian football league (AFLW)’ pdf via ResearchGate
- Max Laughton for Fox Sports, 2017, ‘The true differences between AFL and AFLW as measured in Champion Data’s 2018 AFLW Prospectus’
- Jade Haycraft for The Conversation, 2018, ‘Mark! Kick! Tackle! The reality of fast-tracking women into elite AFL’