Castlemaine, Kyneton and Maryborough will enter the 2019 BFNL season without a full compliment of teams.
The BFNL confirmed on Thursday that Maryborough will be unable to field an under-18 football team and an A-reserve netball team; Castlemaine will be unable to field an A-grade netball team and Kyneton will be unable to field a 17-and-under netball team.
"Whilst understanding the disappointment that everyone feels in this situation, the BFNL is committed and will continue to work together with Castlemaine, Maryborough and Kyneton to achieve a full complement of teams in 2020,'' BFNL manager Cameron Tomlins said.
"There is a power of positive work currently being undertaken and the BFNL board and clubs are committed to working together to achieve the best outcome.
"I would like to personally thank the committees, volunteers and members from all clubs for the effort and dedication they showed in attempting to field all football and netball teams this year.
"Even though these clubs have fallen just short, I can confirm there has been some significant positive ground work dedicated to the junior development, pathways and player retention of all three clubs that strongly suggests each clubs position will improve further in 2020.
"It is an extremely exciting announcement that the Kyneton A-grade netball and Castlemaine under-18 football teams will once again return to competitive BFNL action. A great reward for the same volunteers that have worked tirelessly to achieve this very outcome.
"Although all teams won't return this year, it is still a significant step in the right direction for all parties."
Round one of the BFNL will be played on Saturday.
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