|Sport||Australian rules football|
|Founded||21 March 2016|
|No. of teams||12|
|Most titles||Darebin (2 premierships)|
|TV partner(s)||Seven Network|
(grand final only)
Victorian Football League
VFL Women's (VFLW) is the major state-level women's Australian rules football league in Victoria. The league initially comprised the six Premier Division clubs and the top four Division 1 clubs from the now-defunct Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL), and has since evolved into what is also the second primary competition for AFL Women's (AFLW) clubs in Victoria. The league runs from May to September, running concurrently with the Victorian Football League (VFL).
Following the 2017 season, the competition was reconfigured to affiliate teams more closely with AFL clubs. From 2020, all ten Victorian AFL clubs will either field their own women's teams or have an affiliation of sorts with an existing club in the VFLW, with these teams making up ten of the twelve existing teams (the others being Williamstown, which is affiliated with the VFL club and Adelaide's AFLW team, and independent club Darebin). The reigning premiers are Collingwood.
AFL Victoria launched the VFL Women's competition on 21 March 2016, with its inaugural season featuring twelve doubleheaders with the Victorian Football League (VFL). The league initially comprised the six Premier Division clubs (Darebin, Diamond Creek, Eastern Devils, Melbourne University, St Kilda Sharks and Western Spurs) and 2015's top four Division 1 clubs (Cranbourne, Geelong Magpies, Knox and Seaford) from the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL). Melbourne University already had an existing partnership with Australian Football League (AFL) club North Melbourne. Following the 2016 season, the Geelong Magpies were replaced with the AFL-aligned Geelong Cats, and Knox's license was purchased by Box Hill (renamed Hawthorn in 2018 to align with the AFL club).
Following the inaugural AFL Women's (AFLW) season in 2017, the league made further changes to the competition to affiliate clubs more directly with AFL clubs and the AFL Women's competition. Five other foundation clubs departed, leaving Darebin, Melbourne University and Western Spurs (renamed the Western Bulldogs in 2018 to align with the AFL club) as the only remaining foundation clubs. The departing clubs were replaced by the AFL-aligned Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Richmond and Southern Saints, the VFL-aligned Casey and Williamstown, and the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL)-aligned Northern Territory; Northern Territory aligned with Adelaide's AFLW team, giving Crows players an opportunity to play in the Victorian competition.
In 2019, Greater Western Sydney's AFLW team played five invitational matches in Victoria against teams having a bye. Following the 2019 season, AFL Northern Territory ended Northern Territory's involvement in the NEAFL and VFLW competitions, and Williamstown aligned with Adelaide in Northern Territory's place. Melbourne University's license was also taken over by North Melbourne, ending the clubs' ten-year partnership and allowing North Melbourne to field its own standalone team.
|Club||Colours||Moniker||Home venue||Main affiliate||Secondary affiliate||Est.||Seasons||Premierships|
|Carlton||Blues||Princes Park||Carlton (AFL)||—||1864||2018||2||0||—|
|Casey||Demons||Casey Fields||Casey (VFL)||Melbourne (AFL)||1902||2018||2||0||—|
|Collingwood||Magpies||Victoria Park||Collingwood (AFL)||—||1892||2018||2||1||2019|
|Darebin||Falcons||Bill Lawry Oval||Independent women's club||1990||2016||4||2||2017|
|Essendon||Bombers||Windy Hill||Essendon (AFL)||—||1871||2018||2||0||—|
|Geelong Cats||Cats||Kardinia Park||Geelong (AFL)||—||1859||2017||3||0||—|
|Hawthorn||Hawks||Box Hill City Oval||Hawthorn (AFL)||—||1902||2017||3||1||2018|
|North Melbourne||Kangaroos||Arden Street Oval||North Melbourne (AFL)||—||1869||2020||0||0||—|
|Richmond||Tigers||Punt Road Oval||Richmond (AFL)||—||1885||2018||2||0||—|
|Southern Saints||Saints||Trevor Barker Oval||St Kilda (AFL)||Frankston (VFL)||1873||2018||2||0||—|
|Western Bulldogs||Bulldogs||Whitten Oval||Western Bulldogs (AFL)||—||1877||2016||4||0||—|
|Williamstown||Seagulls||Williamstown Cricket Ground||Williamstown (VFL)||Adelaide (AFLW)||1864||2018||2||0||—|
- Cranbourne (2016–2017)
- Diamond Creek (2016–2017)
- Eastern Devils (2016–2017)
- Geelong Magpies (2016)
- Knox (2016)
- Melbourne University (2016–2019)
- Northern Territory (2018–2019)
- Seaford (2016–2017)
- St Kilda Sharks (2016–2017)
- "VFL Women's fixture release". AFL Victoria. 21 March 2016.
- Pierik, Jon (11 October 2017). "Victorian stadium upgrade plan likely by end of year, says state government". The Age. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
- "Three clubs depart in revamped VFLW comp". afl.com.au. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
- "Thunder rolls into VFL Women's in 2018". AFL Northern Territory. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
- Black, Sarah (20 December 2018). "Giants to play five VFLW games in 2019". womens.afl. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
- McGowan, Marc (12 September 2019). "Thunder no more: AFLNT confirms no NEAFL and VFLW teams". afl.com.au. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
- Black, Sarah (27 September 2019). "Crows align with VFLW club Williamstown". womens.afl. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
- "Kangaroos hop into VFLW 2020". vfl.com.au. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.