AFL locks in 20 straight days of footy for Round 9 to 12

The AFL is gearing up for 20 consecutive days of footy as the league tries desperately to keep the season afloat.

33 matches will be played across round nine to 12, kicking off on July 29 with a match between Richmond and the Western Bulldogs. That will be just two days after the completion of round eight.

There’ll even be some double headers on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.


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Games played across Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. Tasmania is also in line to host games for the first time in 2020, pending state government exemption.

“Unprecedented times delivers us an unprecedented fixture for the next block of games. This is giving fans a unique opportunity to watch footy in a way we couldn’t normally produce.” AFL General Manager of Clubs and Broadcasting Travis Auld said.

“This season has had so many twists and turns but it has also driven enormous interest from our supporters across the country.  Round Seven had the second highest ratings this year and our average TV ratings for games are up 20% on the 2019 average. The numbers show fans are tuning in to watch their teams and now they can watch footy every day for 20 days.”

Mr Auld said it made sense to compress the season while the majority of clubs were in hubs.

“We have taken the opportunity to compress the season as the feedback from clubs is that while they are in a hub environment there was a desire to play more games in a shorter period of time, and in turn we can effectively complete the season in a quicker format. Given that we don’t have the ability to prioritise attendance at matches this season it allows us to play games in the non-traditional time-slots of Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night and showcase our game across the entire week.”

“As we set ourselves for the next few weeks, compressing some additional games into the fixture for our upcoming block of matches from Round Nine will feature non-traditional timeslots which will be a new experience for fans.

Four-day breaks will be used for the first time with Brisbane, Collingwood, Geelong, Melbourne and North Melbourne having two each, while Adelaide, Essendon, Gold Coast, Port Adelaide, Richmond and St Kilda all have one in this fixture block.

“In constructing this block of matches we have focused on ensuring the teams with four-day breaks are, where possible, minimising travel in and around those matches. Teams who have four-day breaks in this block of matches will be afforded a BYE in the next block.”

Carlton, Fremantle, Hawthorn, West Coast Eagles will have a BYE in Round 10, while GWS GIANTS and Sydney Swans will have a BYE in Round 11, to accommodate the 14-day quarantine requirement of the WA government.

The teams who are yet to have a scheduled BYE will receive one in the next block of fixtures, with the exception of Melbourne and Essendon who didn’t play a match in Round 3.

Mr Auld thanked the clubs, the players and AFLPA and the broadcasters for being so supportive in an unprecedented period for our game. The AFL and AFLPA reached agreement on four-day breaks, as well as releasing the freeze on player contracts from 2021 onwards.

“The entire AFL industry’s collaboration through this unique season of football has been a defining factor in allowing the competition to continue. I would like to thank the clubs, the players and the AFLPA and our broadcasters for understanding the challenge and playing their part in helping piece this next block of games together.

“I would also like to thank the umpires who have made similar sacrifices across this season.

“It is important for us to remain flexible and agile and to continue to embrace the unique challenges the season continues to throw up.”

See below fixture for Rounds Nine through Twelve of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

Round Nine
Wednesday, Jul 29 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Western Bulldogs vs. Richmond Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Thursday, Jul 30 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Carlton vs. Hawthorn Optus Stadium (FOX) 5:40pm 3:40pm
Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide The Gabba (SEVEN) 8:10pm 8:10pm
Friday, Jul 31 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Essendon vs. Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Saturday, Aug 1 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
North Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows Metricon Stadium (FOX) 2:35pm 2:35pm
St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans The Gabba (FOX) 5:10pm 5:10pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Geelong Cats Optus Stadium (SEVEN) 8:10pm 6:10pm
Sunday, Aug 2 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Gold Coast SUNS vs. GWS GIANTS Metricon Stadium (FOX) 3:35pm 3:35pm
Fremantle vs. Collingwood Optus Stadium (FOX) 6:10pm 4:10pm
Round Ten
Monday, Aug 3 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs Adelaide Oval (FOX) 7:10pm 6:40pm
Tuesday, Aug 4 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Richmond vs. Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Wednesday, Aug 5 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Geelong Cats vs. North Melbourne The Gabba (FOX) 5:40pm 5:40pm
Adelaide Crows vs. Melbourne Adelaide Oval (FOX) 8:10pm 7:40pm
Thursday, Aug 6 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Collingwood vs. Sydney Swans The Gabba (FOX) 5:40pm 5:40pm
Gold Coast SUNS vs. St Kilda Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 8:10pm 8:10pm
Friday, Aug 7 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Essendon vs. GWS GIANTS Metricon Stadium (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Byes: Fremantle, West Coast Eagles, Hawthorn, Carlton
Round Eleven
Saturday, Aug 8 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Port Adelaide vs. Richmond Adelaide Oval (FOX) 4:35pm 4:05pm
Brisbane Lions vs. Western Bulldogs The Gabba (SEVEN) 7:40pm 7:40pm
Sunday, Aug 9 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
West Coast Eagles vs. Carlton Optus Stadium (SEVEN) 3:35pm 1:35pm
North Melbourne vs. Melbourne Blundstone Arena (FOX) 6:10pm 6:10pm
Monday, Aug 10 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Geelong Cats vs. St Kilda The Gabba (FOX) 6:10pm 6:10pm
Fremantle vs. Hawthorn Optus Stadium (FOX) 8:40pm 6:40pm
Tuesday, Aug 11 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Adelaide Crows vs. Collingwood Adelaide Oval (FOX) 7:10pm 6:40pm
Wednesday, Aug 12 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Gold Coast SUNS vs. Essendon Metricon Stadium (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm
Byes: GWS GIANTS, Sydney Swans
Round Twelve
Thursday, Aug 13 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Sydney Swans vs. GWS GIANTS Optus Stadium (FOX) 8:10pm 6:10pm
Friday, Aug 14 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Geelong Cats vs. Port Adelaide The Gabba (SEVEN) 7:50pm 7:50pm
Saturday, Aug 15 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
North Melbourne vs. Brisbane Lions Blundstone Arena (FOX) 2:35pm 2:35pm
Melbourne vs. Collingwood The Gabba (FOX) 5:10pm 5:10pm
Fremantle vs. Carlton Optus Stadium (SEVEN) 8:10pm 6:10pm
Sunday, Aug 16 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide Crows Metricon Stadium (FOX) 1:05pm 1:05pm
St Kilda vs. Essendon The Gabba (SEVEN) 3:35pm 3:35pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Hawthorn Optus Stadium (FOX) 6:10pm 4:10pm
Monday, Aug 17 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Richmond vs. Gold Coast SUNS The Gabba (FOX) 7:10pm 7:10pm

 

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