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Groundbreaking 2017 Schedule

by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

Next year's AFL schedule, released in Melbourne on October 27, will set many firsts: first ever Good Friday game, first ever regular season game to be held in China, first ever Friday night game in Canberra (and for GWS), and first ever regular season game to be played in Ballarat in western Victoria. North Melbourne has been campaigning for Good Friday Football for nearly 30 years, before the club's wish is finally granted with a game against defending Premiers Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in Round 4 next year. AFL General Manager of Clubs and Operations Travis Auld says the game would start at 4.20 PM AEST (2.20 AM US EDT) to ensure it does not conflict with major religious services on the day. The League is already in talks with the Royal Children's Hospital and broadcasters Channel Seven and Fox Footy about how the game could help promote the Good Friday Appeal, which is the annual fundraiser for the hospital and broadcast all day on Seven in Melbourne.
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2016 Schedule Introduces Rest Week Before Finals

by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

The 2016 AFL schedule was announced last week. The biggest change is the addition of a bye week between the end of Round 23 and the Finals. In Round 23 this year, Fremantle and North Melbourne controversially rested a total of 20 players so they could be refreshed for the Finals. AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan conceded the moves by the two clubs were unsatisfactory and "a drag on the integrity of our competition", thus the extra week off was introduced to ensure similar situations would not happen again. The League plans to showcase a range of events and awards during the bye week, which could include a women's game, the All-Australian Awards and Rising Star Awards.

Once again, traditional rivals Richmond and Carlton will kick off the season with a Thursday night clash at the MCG on March 24, the day before Good Friday. Five days later Hawthorn will begin their Premiership defense at the same venue, against a new-look Geelong side which will likely include recruits Patrick Dangerfield, Scott Selwood and Lachie Henderson. For the second year in a row, the Grand Final will be held in the first Saturday in October. Next year it falls on October 1.
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Fan Friendly 2015 Schedule

by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

The AFL has revealed the 2015 season schedule with several changes to the format to make it more "fan friendly". After only 40,939 people turned up at the Sunday night Collingwood-Carlton game in Round 15 this year, incoming AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan pledged to rethink the next year's schedule. This led to Sunday Night Football being scrapped. The Monday night game has also been dropped, as the result of average size attendances at the St Kilda-Carlton games which had been played in the time slot in the last few years.
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2010 AFL Schedule

Collingwood and Melbourne are the big winners in the 2010 AFL fixtures which feature flexible scheduling for the final round of the season as well as extra games on Mondays and Thursdays. For the third year in a row, the 2010 season will kick off on Thursday March 25 with a night match at the MCG between Richmond and Carlton. Blues' fans won't have long to wait until their side comes up against former spearhead and new Brisbane recruit Brendan Fevola with the two teams clashing in the Round 2 Thursday night fixture.

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2009 AFL Schedule Released

New times, new teams under discussion<

AFL heavyweights Collingwood and Carlton are big winners in the 2009 schedule released in Melbourne, featuring three timeslots to be trialled with one eye on the league's future expansion plans.   See the AFL draw here.

The 2009 season commences on Thursday, March 26 with traditional rivals Richmond and Carlton clashing at the MCG, followed by the grand final rematch between Hawthorn and Geelong at the same venue the following night. As the opening round coincides with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, only one match will be played in Melbourne on qualifying day (March 28). On race day (Sunday, March 29), Melbourne plays North Melbourne at the MCG in early afternoon before the F1 race begins at 5pm, with Fremantle hosting Western Bulldogs in Perth after the race finishes.

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2020 AFL Draw

The 2020 AFL Fixture

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