AFLW coaches call to expand season

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AFLW coaches are calling for powerbrokers to level the playing field and expand the season to allow every club to play against each other.

The current season consists of 10 rounds, meaning a club will miss out on playing seven of the other 17 clubs.

Previous seasons have varied in season length with its previous conference structure holding only six to seven rounds.

Season six, the last edition of the competition, was the longest season with 12 rounds.

Adelaide coach Matthew Clarke believes expanding the season to 17 rounds is crucial for the league's trajectory.

"What's going on in the competition is pretty irrelevant to us," Clarke told reporters on Friday.

"There's many of those teams that we won't play. We can't do anything about that.

"Pushing towards 17 would be an excellent outcome because you would have that parity around the whole league."

Certain clubs have more favourable draws within the shorter season with most teams playing only two of the four expansion clubs.

Brisbane's blockbuster against Melbourne pit two undefeated teams vying for the four points.

But the draw has meant the Lions' campaign began relatively easily with matches against the Suns, Giants and Dockers who all sit near bottom of the ladder.

Melbourne began with a grand-final rematch against reigning premiers Adelaide followed by top-eight contenders like the Saints and the Kangaroos.

Port Adelaide coach Lauren Arnell believed a gap already existed between her league newcomers and clubs like Melbourne and Brisbane, who have the advantage of a core list of players built over six seasons.

"You can see how much that benefits you," Arnell told reporters on Friday.

"It's probably a difficult competition at times to tip because you expect every team to turn up and compete every week.

"Every person involved in the AFLW wants to play everyone once.

"I'll leave that up to the AFL."