AFL Tasmania has revealed its plans for women's football in the aftermath of the TSLW.
Established in 2017, the top-flight statewide competition looks increasingly likely to disband after a four-year stint that saw Launceston (twice), Glenorchy and Clarence win premierships.
Those teams were the only three willing to play in 2021 following North Launceston's withdrawal and cellar dweller Kingborough's hesitancy to play in a four-team competition.
The trio now appear set to return to their regional competitions - the NTFAW and SFLW - as AFL Tasmania looks to revamp the female football landscape.
Opportunities to play at a higher level could come through representative matches - which would likely see the three leagues play each other once a year - and a statewide finals series where the regional premiers play off for a state title.
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Players starring at regional level may also get the chance to play VFLW matches with North Melbourne, while Tasmania's top under-18s will be fostered through the Devils program.
Head of AFL Tasmania Damian Gill said the combination of rep and state matches would provide talent identification opportunities for the state's top players.
"Our primary focus is on providing viable and vibrant competitions that support growth and provide opportunities for aspirational senior talent," Gill said.
"We are working on a new model for female football in Tasmania that will provide opportunity and a multifaceted approach in showcasing talent.
"This new model will reflect consultation with a number of leagues and clubs across Tasmania."
AFL Tasmania is also set to establish a female football advisory board to help direct the sport moving forward, with a Tasmanian VFLW team and the return of the TSLW potential agenda items.
Gill stressed that a lack of funding from AFL Tasmania was not the cause of the TSLW's demise, indicating clubs had been set to receive increased financial backing among other benefits such as match broadcasts in 2021.
"The current number of committed clubs to the TSLW for the 2021 season does not allow a strong level of competition for players," he said.
"We have explored every alternative available for the competition and we believe the new model we are working on will cater for all participants and ensure the evolution and growth of female football in Tasmania."
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Launceston, who won the 2020 premiership, is still weighing up its options.
The Blues have been in discussions with the NTFAW about a potential move, while some hope remains that a statewide competition could still take place in some form in 2021.
The past week has seen two of the TSLW's highest-profile players, Ange Dickson and Sarah Skinner, call for the league to continue into 2021.
The premiership duo expressed concerns that the league's downfall could limit pathways for players aged over 18 and negatively affect elite and first-time players.