AFL Tasmania will partner with the Tasmanian Government and the Tasmanian AFL licence taskforce as it aims to shape to future of football in the state.
Embarking on its Football Futures Project earlier in the year, AFL Tasmania originally planned to keep it separate from the AFL licence submission, but since receiving clarity on a decision the parties are now set to work together.
With the AFL decision expected at some stage in the back half of 2022, those involved are hopeful of forging the best path forward for the Tasmanian game.
AFL Tasmania confirmed the State League competition will continue until the end of the 2023 season, with the future of the league to be determined once the AFL licence outcome is known.
The organisation will also work closely with four-time AFL premiership coach Alastair Clarkson to work on the talent pathway model, conducting a statewide 'roadshow' with stakeholders alongside AFL Tasmania representatives.
AFL Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government will also roll out a community football support package for 2022, assisting volunteers, coaches and umpires - three key areas which were addressed.
Speaking on the report, which featured the input of key stakeholders from around the state over the past six months, Head of AFL Tasmania Damian Gill was pleased with the buy-in.
"With such a significant number of stakeholders from all levels of the game providing input, it shows how much Tasmanians care about setting a vision and purpose for local football," Gill said.
"It has become clear in recent times, through discussions with a range of stakeholders and due to the AFL continuing to work its way through the Carter Report, that we have an opportunity to bring the project together with the taskforce to develop a holistic plan for the game.
"We are excited to be working with the taskforce and Alastair Clarkson, one of the most respected figures in the game, on what's best for Tasmanian football.
"The work conducted so far sets us up really well for the next 12 months and gives us a strong foundation to work from.
"In the meantime, it's exciting to launch the 2022 support package and I would like to extend my appreciation to the Tasmanian government for their ongoing and significant support of the game."
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