The AFL Players' Association has criticised the decision to prevent transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey from entering the AFLW draft.
According to a statement, the AFL have stated that the decision has been made based on an analysis of transgender strength, stamina, and physique, indicating that they believe that Mouncey would have an unfair advantage over her opponents.
Mouncey had declared her intention to nominate for the draft after dominating the ACT's women's league, kicking 17 goals in 8 games for Ainslie.
In her life as a man, Mouncey was a member of Australia's men's handball team standing at 190cm tall and a muscular 100kg with strength and body mass test results "off the charts".
The AFL's decision today appears to have largely been made in line with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which now states that athletes can be discriminated against and excluded from sports based on sex or gender if "strength, stamina or physique is relevant".
Despite having a season of state league football under her belt, the AFL stepped in to make a ruling on her eligibility to play at the elite level.
Earlier, AFL football boss Steve Hocking defended the league's handling of Mouncey's draft eligibility. "She's been part of all the discussions and decision-making around it, so I'm quite comfortable with where that now sits and how that's been worked through".
"That will be very much in the minds of the AFL when they make their decision".
"Hannah's passion for football is undeniable, and I want to thank her and her team for their constructive participation in the decision-making process", Hosch said.
"It was important to involve the right stakeholders to review all the information and data available".
We have urged the AFL to prioritise the development of guidelines detailing the process and parameters for entry into the AFLW competition, so that Hannah and any other players have a clear understanding of their eligibility.
"We acknowledge Hannah's openness and co-operation".
Ainslie president Lee Phillips says the Tricolours are "all about inclusion" and will welcome Mouncey back with open arms despite the AFL's 11th hour decision.
"But the AFL game is quite different to a number of those sports".
"If they don't it could get quite messy and quite complicated if they go the other route", Quill told SEN's Breakfast on Tuesday.
Despite the AFL's decision, it's understood Mouncey comfortably meets the International Olympic Committee's guidelines and requirements for transgender athletes, which regulates the testosterone levels present in an athlete. The AFL now does not now have a policy on transgender athletes.
"I think the global view definitely (needs to be considered) - I understand the comments around that - and I've heard some of the commentary this morning", Hocking said.