Tasmania could have their own team in the VFL in 2021 as part of a vision being developed to drive football forward in the state.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan is expected to visit Tasmania on Friday with a set of recommendations after the AFL announced the Tasmanian State League would continue in 2019.
McLachlan chaired the final Tasmanian football steering committee meeting last week.
Fairfax Media understands discussions were held at the meeting about the structure of a Tasmanian under-18s team being introduced to participate in the TAC Cup.
The proposal could see a Tasmanian under-18s team become a standalone entity with their own managing director, with the AFL keen to see a high profile coach appointed to lead the team.
The team could then set the state on the path to having their own team within the VFL in three years.
Fairfax Media understands the AFL has been discussing with AFL Victoria the financial requirements to run standalone clubs in the VFL.
The anticipated announcement comes on the back of a decision to continue the TSL after months of negotiations between the AFL and TSL club presidents, with annual funding tied to key performance criteria relating to community engagement and participation.
AFL Tasmania CEO Trish Squires made the announcement in Hobart ahead of McLachlan's arrival after a tumultuous year that saw Devonport and Burnie quit the competition and Squires replace Rob Auld in the position.
Under the agreement the development of talent in the state's north west region will remain AFL Tasmania's responsibility and clubs will be subject to reviews every six months.
Tasmania has also been floated as a potential venue for the national draft with key juniors Tarryn Thomas and Chayce Jones potential selections at the end of the year.