The AFL season has been postponed following round 1. Round 2 will be postponed until at least 31 May. More information here.
Round 1 of the 2020 AFL season will go ahead with Richmond VS Carlton taking place at the MCG on Thursday night. Further rounds will be determined as the situation changes.
There's a lot of uncertainty out there at the moment, with many events around Australia cancelling or at least postponing, there has been serious debate about whether the 2020 AFL season will go ahead.
It's all still up in the air until decisions are made on the start of the season by the end of day Tuesday 17 March, but here's what we know so far about the upcoming season.
How Many Games Will Be Played?
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed on Monday 16 March that the 2020 AFL season will feature 17 games, giving sides a chance to play each other once before a finals series.
"We've got 40 weeks to get a 17-week season away. If it's done by the end of September, fabulous, but if we need more time, we'll do that. That's our commitment to our industry," McLachlan said.
Will Round 1 Go Ahead?
Whether round 1 is to kick off on Thursday 19 March with Richmond VS Carlton is still up in the air, with the AFL to make a decision on round 1 by end of day Tuesday 17 March.
The first four rounds of the season will remain as fixtured, with following games to be 'recalibrated' to suit.
No spectators will be permitted at round 1 games if they go ahead.
What Happens If A Player Tests Positive?
The AFL announced that if any player tests positive to COVID-19 at any time, the league will come to a standstill for 14 days at a minimum.
Will State League Games Be Played?
VFL, WAFL, SANFL, and other state league seasons will be postponed until at least 31 May.
What Else Do We Need To Know?
There are many initiatives still being considered by the AFL, here are some yet to be decided upon:
- Games could be shortened to make sure players don't have too much strain put onto them if games have a short gap in between
- Games may be played on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
- Finals will remain at four weeks, with timing to be determined by the league at a later date
- The AFL will finalise next week if AFL teams can add state league players to their playing list
Keep up to date on AFL.com.au.
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