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Goyder backs all AFL clubs and AFLW to survive

AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder has promised all 18 AFL clubs and 14 AFLW teams will survive the coronavirus crisis.

In a letter to all club supporters, Goyder re-iterated that the game was facing its greatest-ever challenge, but renewed his commitment to all 18 clubs, and also that the league was behind the return of the 14 AFLW teams and the state leagues.

AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder.

AFL commission chairman Richard Goyder.Credit:Getty Images

“I want to assure you the AFL Commission and Executive, led by myself and Gillon McLachlan, will protect our game at all levels. From the 18 AFL clubs, to the 14 AFLW teams, to State leagues and the community game, footy will be back when it is the right time to be back,” Goyder said.

“For the time being, we have needed to reduce costs at AFL level, at our AFL clubs and across the states and territories dramatically, without regular revenue coming into the game, and this has been extremely difficult for everyone involved but we are conscious that this is not an easy time for anyone in the community.”

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