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AFLW: Paid tickets could boost player wages

Nicole Livingstone is the AFL's head of women's football - AFLW,Nicole Livingstone,Adelaide Crows
Nicole Livingstone is the AFL's head of women's football

PAYING to watch NAB AFL Women's matches may be a reality in the 2019 season.

The AFL's head of women's football Nicole Livingstone said discussions were already taking place about the structure of the 2019 season, even before the current one has begun.

"[Charging for tickets] is something that will be looked at for season number three," Livingstone said on the first episode of AFL.com.au's relaunched AFLW podcast, Trail Blazers

"It's something we need to be asking attendees at games … we need to be asking them if are they prepared to pay for a ticket.

"It's a conversation we're having. People want the girls to be able to be … full-time if they would like to be, or less compromised in terms of having to juggle work and making ends meet and playing football.

"If we're true about this and we want the girls to be compensated better, then those commercial elements do need to be considered and looked at."

Currently, attendance for AFLW is free, with the exception of the upcoming round two clash between Fremantle and Collingwood at the new Optus Stadium in Perth. 

Tickets for that match are just $2, with purchase allowing spectators to access free public transport in Perth to and from the match. 

The stadium has a capacity of 60,000 and over 25,000 tickets have already been sold two-and-a-half weeks before the match.

All proceeds from the tickets go to charity.

Livingstone also said there are plans in place to alleviate a potential lock-out (as was the case last year) in the season-opening clash between Carlton and Collingwood at Ikon Park on February 2. 

"At least we have a benchmark … we had nothing to go on last year because it was the first-ever game," Livingstone said. 

"We're preparing for a lock-out. We hope that everyone does come along to Ikon Park. Get there early, the ground will open at 5.45pm, and this year we actually have an overflow area.

"We have a live site on the northern lawn. There’ll be food trucks there, there'll be a big screen, so there is an overflow area. 

"We'll be really clear with our communication with people as it does begin to fill up. And when we are directed by police to lock it down, we will do so and direct people to the live site."