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, including the Far West and Mid West 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 setup 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.

Anything that's beneficial to to the organisation of country football then the Far West Football League is in favour of it and we will work closely with the SANFL to ensure football continues to grow in the Far West Football League. - Ron Redford

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

“Anything that's beneficial to to the organisation of country football then the Far West Football League is in favour of it and we will work closely with the SANFL to ensure football continues to grow in the Far West Football League,” he said.

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