The NTFA has officially added the 20th team to its books, with reigning TSLW premiers Launceston set to join the women's competition.
Reported in The Examiner earlier this year, the news was confirmed by association president Scott Rigby and Launceston Football Club president Sandra Boland on Monday.
"We have planned and built our competition over the past couple of years and the addition of Launceston will only see us grow further," Rigby said
"Launceston have set and continue to be the benchmark for women's footy in the state and it is a coming together that makes sense for our great game in the North."
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Rigby admitted there were originally concerns from other clubs around Launceston's strength but brushed them off as positive with an working equalisation model put together to dispel those as the Blues become the association's 12th team.
The move to regional football comes off the back of the TSLW's disbanding late last year with North Launceston pulling out and Kingborough stepping back to the SFL competition, leaving just the Blues, Clarence and Glenorchy in the league.
In joining the NTFAW, the Blues also become the fourth new side to do so in the 2021 season, with Deloraine, Hillwood and Longford to make their debut when the season commences in late April or early May.
"We've just done some preliminary numbers for 2021 and on the background of 2020, they are actually really promising which is really encouraging for that space," Rigby said.
"Depth is something that we are really working strongly on with our existing clubs and Launceston's got that proven model, so our existing clubs need to work hard on their depth and their junior pathways, which is a part of their licensing agreement.
"One of the good things about having the best team in the state come back to us is that it's going to lift our standard and that's what we are pushing to.
"I'm also a very big believer of the old footy adage that any team playing as a team can beat any team on any given day."
Mikayla Binns will coach the side, which Boland said will look different.
Binns took the reins as Alex Wadley, who was originally named as Ange Dickson's successor, stepped down to help with the men's program
"It's a very different side due to natural attrition and trying to work with it," Boland said.
"We haven't had to push anyone away at this stage, all the AFLW women [Daria Bannister, Brooke Brown, Mia King and Abbey Green] have gone.
"There are a few juniors coming through, we have a good program underpinning our senior comp so we are excited to get those girls playing more this year."
Describing herself as excited and thankful for the NTFAW opportunity, Boland was pleased not to lose her club's players to another sport due to the acceptance.
While admitting there was some initial disappointment among the playing group that the TSLW was to be disbanded, the Blues president praised the level of the NTFAW, saying "it's not like the other teams haven't played before, there are some good teams in that competition".
In the absence of the TSLW, AFL Tasmania is set to announce a new women's football model which will include statewide finals, an all-star representative series and opportunities with North Melbourne's VFLW side according to head of the association Damian Gill.
"The new model will be focused on building a greater depth of female talent across the state and ensuring aspirational players have the opportunity to test themselves against the best and strive for AFLW," he said.