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Country footy AFL split

Will other Country Leagues follow suit?

A country football league has hit out an “immature” AFL after it dramatically cut ties with the sport’s governing body in Australia.

The Picola and District Football-Netball League, based in Victoria’s north, says it will save almost $80,000 after it opted against joining the local administration hub run by the AFL.

“Basically, the AFL introduced a new affiliation agreement last year which required the league to be affiliated to the local commission, which is a company overseen by the AFL,” PDFNL operations boss Shane Railton told Melbourne radio's Ross and John.

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He said the AFL was now trying to make life difficult for the league in other ways, such as excluding the competition’s young players from joining the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup.

“With that came a number of requirement that were quite over-arching, you could say, and meant we lost a lot of our autonomy.”

“I think it’s pretty immature,” Mr Railston said.