Country AFL teams will be on the receiving end of a funding boost to be announced today.
The AFL is geting rid of affiliation fees for country clubs, and will also axe registration fees for umpires, and reduce the price of jerseys and shorts for players.
It's part of an $18 million funding boost for country football teams around Victoria over the next three years, in a bid to boost football participation at the grassroots level.
Locally, AFL Goldfields, which includes Ballarat and Maryborough-Castlemaine leagues, will save the most out of any regional branch, at over $471,000 a year.
Nearby, AFL Central Victoria will save $229,480 a year, while AFL Central Murray will be saving around $73,607 a year.