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    If there was relegation?

    Let?s say 17th & 18th get relegated hypothetically.
    The best two state league teams in the country get elevated into those spots.


    What current club/s would be good enough to never hit say the bottom two spots to be relegated?
    Which club/s would get relegated and yo-yo in and out?
    Which club/s would drop out of the AFEL and never be seen again?
    Which state league club/s could force their way into the AFEL and stay in the best 18 clubs in the country?
    Would state leagues be prepared to accept strong teams going out, to get former AFEL teams coming in?

    (By the by, I?d think tanking and completely bottoming out wouldn?t be an issue any more. List management would get a whole lot more serious too)
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    Let?s say 17th & 18th get relegated hypothetically.
    The best two state league teams in the country get elevated into those spots.


    What current club/s would be good enough to never hit say the bottom two spots to be relegated?
    Which club/s would get relegated and yo-yo in and out?
    Which club/s would drop out of the AFEL and never be seen again?
    Which state league club/s could force their way into the AFEL and stay in the best 18 clubs in the country?
    Would state leagues be prepared to accept strong teams going out, to get former AFEL teams coming in?

    (By the by, I?d think tanking and completely bottoming out wouldn?t be an issue any more. List management would get a whole lot more serious too)
    Ummm - speaking as someone with a 'high' level of involvement with a state league club currently in 1st place, we are in no position to participate in AFL footy.

    The only similarity between a state league club and an AFL club is that both play games of footy every weekend...state league footy is not professional sport. It is SEMI-professional...with a big emphasis on the SEMI.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    You could almost mount a case for this back in the 80's when it was the VFL and you would have a certain few SANFL and WAFL clubs come over and play in our Lightening Cup, Ansett Cup Night series etc, clubs like Norwood, Swan Districts, Sturt, Subiaco would do ok against some of the VFL sides, we could get to see the likes of Michael Aish, Gary MacIntosh etc etc.

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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjp View Post
    Ummm - speaking as someone with a 'high' level of involvement with a state league club currently in 1st place, we are in no position to participate in AFL footy.

    The only similarity between a state league club and an AFL club is that both play games of footy every weekend...state league footy is not professional sport. It is SEMI-professional...with a big emphasis on the SEMI.
    So no one could make the jump if a couple of teams in each state got stronger?

    Say, take Port Melbourne, if missed decent draft kids and ex-players wanting back in focussed into them and not spread across the VFL (same for say an aspiring senior coach), and then had some sort of transition assistance for free agents and took the top draft spots, they couldn’t make the jump?

    Would they be worse than say North the last few years?
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by bulldogtragic View Post
    So no one could make the jump if a couple of teams in each state got stronger?

    Say, take Port Melbourne, if missed decent draft kids and ex-players wanting back in focussed into them and not spread across the VFL (same for say an aspiring senior coach), and then had some sort of transition assistance for free agents and took the top draft spots, they couldn’t make the jump?

    Would they be worse than say North the last few years?
    Well, our best young players come out of a group that DID NOT GET DRAFTED.

    So...

    I mean, we would be 'competent' but North over the past couple of years would be the BEST case scenario...we do have a core group of experienced senior players many of who wouldn't look out of place on an AFL LIST. But being on a list and being a 30 possessions per game mid/rebounding half back who needs to be accounted for/goal kicking force up forward etc is a BIG jump.

    Now, if the kids were kept at their clubs (as in the 'old VFL' vs 'old WAFL/SANFL' etc example above) well, now you're talking about something different. But given the AFL dismantled the club system in Victoria and put the talent league structure in place, you would have to UNDO all of that first and go back to club-based metro zones...or the rugby league system where every young player is a free agent.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    With the likelihood of Twenty teams would the AFL go down the path of a split comp of group 1 and group 2.
    10 teams each that play each other twice then some sort of playoff between the two groups to see who makes finals.
    I don't like the idea but would it be fairer and splitting the groups would be interesting in who plays who.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by mjp View Post
    Well, our best young players come out of a group that DID NOT GET DRAFTED.

    So...

    I mean, we would be 'competent' but North over the past couple of years would be the BEST case scenario...we do have a core group of experienced senior players many of who wouldn't look out of place on an AFL LIST. But being on a list and being a 30 possessions per game mid/rebounding half back who needs to be accounted for/goal kicking force up forward etc is a BIG jump.

    Now, if the kids were kept at their clubs (as in the 'old VFL' vs 'old WAFL/SANFL' etc example above) well, now you're talking about something different. But given the AFL dismantled the club system in Victoria and put the talent league structure in place, you would have to UNDO all of that first and go back to club-based metro zones...or the rugby league system where every young player is a free agent.
    What is say, North and another team, say WCE from last year. Their players become free agents (say contracts allow for moving to AFEL clubs if their club is relegated). If you could raid a handful or two AFEL listed players to top up your list (AFEL cash handout for it). Would that make your club or a Port Melbourne a chance to succeed?

    Or is it just a recipe to yo-yo from competition to competition?

    On the flip side, I wouldn’t see North with lost players dominating the VFL as I don’t see Arden St as a massive home ground advantage. I wonder if a club was given an opportunity (as a metaphorical skinny kid) could blossom into a real AFEL club. With an actual history, local players and an actual supporter base could work beyond the GCS/GWS model of following tv money. Even if it was the 20th licence.

    I don’t know much about the EPL relegation model, but it seems hard to get promotion and turn into a genuine contender. But if the threat existed, I wonder if North would’ve done things differently the passed few years.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    I doubt relegation and promotion would work these days as the gap between the worst AFL team and the best WAFL, SANFL and VFL is huge.

    The time for this was when the VFL was formed in 1897.

    If we had a soccer like set up from the early days, teams like St Kilda, North Melbourne and Hawthorn would have been most at risk of relegation to the VFA, while powerhouse VFA clubs like Williamstown and Port Melbourne would have been mostly likely promoted to the VFL. Other VFA clubs like Coburg, Preston, Prahran, Dandenong, Box Hill and Sandringham could have merged with VFL teams, or had short stints in the VFL.

    Port Adelaide from the SANFL and East Fremantle from the WAFL would have been most likely to have established themselves as VFL / AFL teams. That means that the Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide Power, West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers would never have existed. Clubs like Norwood, Glenelg and Sturt from the SANFL, and Claremont and Subiaco from the WAFL would have yoyo'd between competitions.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    To do relegation you'd have to fundamentally tear down the way the entire structure is set up.

    I'd be interested in what it does for player development, I'd suspect it would not be good.

    Instead of clubs 10-18 pumping games into kids to accelerate their next phase, they would be extra cautious of not losing and this would incentivise them to keep and play more limited guys like Rhys Mathieson or Liam Shiels as they can rely on them to be role players instead of getting gametime into the next gen.

    As a result it would be harder than ever for young guys to get those crucial first 40 games and the second tier is such a substantial drop off that their development would almost definitely be stunted.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    The amount of resources at a VFL vs AFL club is not even worth comparing.

    There are divvie 1 suburban teams that aren't too far off what the standalone VFL clubs have. I've had a couple of ad hoc gigs at VFL clubs over the years, and I highly doubt AFL teams are having beer & pizza nights the night of a gameday either.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mofra View Post
    ...I highly doubt AFL teams are having beer & pizza nights the night of a gameday either.
    Beer and Pizza AFTER a game?

    Well, if you're gonna have it, probs the best time.

    Bit of high fat food post activity is good for recovery...the beer is never good but they are 100% having a beer after the game.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

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    Re: If there was relegation?

    The logistics would be a nightmare, i get the idea but where do you start?

    Let's say as of right now, Glenelg, East Perth and Footscray top the State league ladders, can't have Footscray being promoted as there is already a club rep in the AFL so for a start it would have to be a stand alone State League side highest ranked which would be Werribee right now in the VFL, so, 2 spots 3 sides, do they play a round robin and the two highest ranked with wins and % get promoted? that would actually be an awesome watch however........

    Glenelg and East Perth congrats on entering the AFL and tough luck to Richmond and North but you're being dropped to the VFL, so Larkey, Bolton, Rioli, Sheezel etc etc etc are not going to want to play VFL when there are no guarantees that Richmond or North climb their way back for years, they'll have to work as hard as Port Melbourne or Frankston, Southport or Sandy to get a gig, do they simply lose their rights to the AFL drafts and trade periods and the two new clubs lick their lips?

    What happens if the Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn or Melbourne drop out, do they simply become Footscray, Box Hill and Casey?

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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Beer after a footy game is maybe the best feeling thing in the entire world, if not slightly behind beer after knocking off a 10+ hour hospo shift or beer after moving house. I would want mid 7 figures a year to play footy if I was giving that up.
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    Re: If there was relegation?

    Quote Originally Posted by mighty_west View Post
    The logistics would be a nightmare, i get the idea but where do you start?

    Let's say as of right now, Glenelg, East Perth and Footscray top the State league ladders, can't have Footscray being promoted as there is already a club rep in the AFL so for a start it would have to be a stand alone State League side highest ranked which would be Werribee right now in the VFL, so, 2 spots 3 sides, do they play a round robin and the two highest ranked with wins and % get promoted? that would actually be an awesome watch however........

    Glenelg and East Perth congrats on entering the AFL and tough luck to Richmond and North but you're being dropped to the VFL, so Larkey, Bolton, Rioli, Sheezel etc etc etc are not going to want to play VFL when there are no guarantees that Richmond or North climb their way back for years, they'll have to work as hard as Port Melbourne or Frankston, Southport or Sandy to get a gig, do they simply lose their rights to the AFL drafts and trade periods and the two new clubs lick their lips?

    What happens if the Western Bulldogs, Hawthorn or Melbourne drop out, do they simply become Footscray, Box Hill and Casey?
    Everything would need to be restructured. The OP was more a hypothetical about clubs if relegation existed. But to one of your points, watching the two strongest stand alone state teams fighting for promotion should be one hell of a game. Until the umpires make a shit call and cost a club a multimillion dollar pay day by costing them promotion.
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