MPNFL Club Presidents met on Wednesday 2 September to discuss and resolve a final position on the Total Player Points (TPP) cap for the 2021 season. This meeting followed a recommendation from the AFL South East (AFLSE) Advisory Board that a TPP cap of 45 points be set across both divisions of the MPNFL for next season.
The maximum allowable TPP cap – as set by AFL Victoria – is 47 points, with MPNFL clubs working to a base cap of 40 points in 2019/20.
Subsequent club feedback to the recommendation was essentially split evenly, with half of clubs agreeing to raise the TPP base cap to 45 points – with others wishing to keep the status quo at 40.
A majority position has been reached to implement a base TTP cap of 42 points for the 2021 season.
“It was very pleasing to see the group work together in such a constructive fashion, acknowledging the position of others and ultimately coming to a considered final position, to be reviewed ahead of 2022,” said MPNFL Football Operations Manager Haydn Parsons.
The final position addressed club concerns around a restriction on junior development (if the cap was too high) while also addressing the needs of clubs who felt detrimentally impacted by the higher points cap in neighbouring leagues, particularly toward the northern end of our competition.
MPNFL Clubs also expressed a strong motivation to implement a ‘Season of Service’ reduction to the player-point grading of players who remained registered at their clubs during the Covid-19 crisis.
Whilst the AFL Victoria TPP Policy does not expressly allow for a ‘Season of Service’ reduction – discretion can be applied.
“It was quite evident that there was a strong will to reward those players who had put in the hard yards during the pre-season and remained loyal to their clubs, but ultimately – through no fault of their own – missed out on a season of football,” Parsons said.
Importantly, and as per the AFL Victoria TPP Policy, clubs will still have the opportunity to apply for concessional TPP allocation.