SANFL has announced that player payments for the Statewide Super League will be capped at $210,000 for season 2021.
The decision by the South Australian Football Commission to reduce the pre-Covid Player Payment Salary Cap from $400,000 follows consultation with SANFL clubs and is aimed at assisting with their future viability.
Players agreed to play for no money in 2020 due to the significant financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some players, however, were eligible to access Job Keeper assistance payments.
SANFL General Manager Football Matt Duldig said the reduced payment cap next season, which will exclude Reserves players, was necessary to reduce club costs in line with reduced revenues.
"Both the league and SANFL clubs have taken a significant hit through loss of revenue streams as a result of Covid," he said.
"Ultimately we must ensure that every SANFL club can be sustainable and successful into the future. To do this we must make player payments affordable for all clubs to ensure an even competition.
"SANFL is hopeful the salary cap can be increased in future seasons in line with the restoration of its revenue streams and those of the clubs as the state's economy recovers post Covd-19."
Mr Duldig said the decision to reduce the SANFL Statewide Super League Player Payment Cap follows a decision last month to reduce Community Football player payments for season 2021 by approximately 30 per cent to $2,500 per week for each club.