AFL quashes talk of controversial name change

The AFL has clarified that it has no plans to change its name after football boss Steve Hocking's comments about potentially calling the men's competition the AFLM.

Hocking was asked about the possibility of the rebranding to fall in line with the fledgling AFLW women's league on the ABC's The Outer Sanctum podcast on the weekend and was receptive.

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"I just think that a lot of what we've touched on here is just tradition," Hocking said towards the end of a wide-ranging interview on AFLW issues, which included women's competition chief Nicole Livingstone.

"There's a whole range of things that we're unpacking that have just been the way they've been because of 160 years of football.

"I think that's OK.

"I don't think we need to necessarily be looking over the fence at one another and saying whether we need to add another initial to something.

AFL football boss Steve Hocking says there are no plans for the league to rebrand as 'AFLM'. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

"But if in time that's something that emerges, we are all ears at the AFL."

However, the league issued a clarification on Tuesday after the widespread reporting of the comments.

"We had a great first round to season four of the AFL Women's competition," the statement released via social media said.

"AFLW has built its own powerful identity in the community & we will continue to promote its message & celebrate the league & women's football.

"There are no plans to change the name of the AFL competition."

Former Swans player slams ‘sexist’ AFLW trolls

Former Sydney Swans forward Brandon Jack has launched an impassioned defence of the AFLW competition, after the first round of the 2020 season was marred by unsavoury commentary on social media.

Much of the commentary carried sexist and derogatory overtones, as many mocked low scoring matches and took aim at what they perceived to be a lower standard of football.

Clearly fed up with the negative commentary around the AFLW, Jack took to Twitter to hit back at trolls, before penning a column for Pedestrian outlining why he felt much of the criticism of women’s football was ignorant.

“Anyway, ‘Mr. I could’ve kicked that’, I’m guessing you play a bit of local footy? Well if I ever want to see a cheap, lazy brand of footy getting played then I’ll come down and watch one of your games,” Jack wrote.

“I’d probably see 44 blokes shaking their heads and waving their arms when they don’t get a cheap handball receive in their bid to fulfil some fleeting childhood dream.

“Now there’s nothing wrong with that, I’ve won two flags in two years doing it, but just don’t take it out on the women.”