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AFLW ready for longer season: Vescio

Carlton AFLW star Darcy Vescio.

Carlton AFLW star Darcy Vescio.Credit:Justin McManus

Carlton AFLW star Darcy Vescio says players are ready for the league to extend the season, arguing it would increase standards and reduce the pressure on women to treat each week as high stakes.

The AFL was heavily criticised for refusing to lengthen the campaign this year when two new teams, Geelong and North Melbourne, entered the competition.

A collective bargaining agreement, that proposes an 11-week season in 2020 and 12 weeks for 2021 and 2022, is currently being weighed up by AFLW players. Women’s football sources have previously told The Age that portions of the playing ranks are keen for a longer season.

Vescio, the code’s top goal kicker, said the shorter season added enormous pressure on players who had to think about the win-loss ratio from week one and treat each match like a final.

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