SANFL to oversee country football

COMMUNITY football across South Australia will be under a different structure next year with the SANFL taking over from SA Community Football League.

The SANFL announced on September 15 that as of the 2017 season, community football would be affiliated directly with the league, with the South Australian Community Football League to be disbanded.

The Community Football League was licensed to the SANFL to conduct the business of all football beneath the elite competition.

This included the 24 regional leagues, such as the Port Lincoln and Great Flinders football leagues.

SA football commissioner David Shipway said the integration of community football would help grow a stronger, more prosperous foundation for the future of community football leagues.

“This will bring all of footy in South Australia together, enabling us to streamline resources to where they are most needed, combine the strength of football to maximise commercial outcomes and achieve cost efficiencies,” he said.

Mr Shipway said the move would help safeguard the future of regional football with the SANFL taking responsibility for raising funds to maintain support for community football through its operations team.

Under the new set-up a Regional Community Football Council will be established to replace the current board with membership to remain the same with both independent and zone representatives.

This will bring all of footy in South Australia together, enabling us to streamline resources to where they are most needed, combine the strength of football to maximise commercial outcomes and achieve cost efficiencies. - Football commissioner David Shipway

Far West Football League president Ron Redford said if the change would help strengthen football in regional areas, then the league was behind it.

“Anything that's beneficial to the organisation of country football then the Far West Football League is in favour of it,” Mr Redford said.

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