VFL reduced to 14-game season due to ongoing COVID issues

The AFL has today announced an update to the 2021 VFL Premiership Season.
As a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation across the country and previous interruptions to scheduled games, the 2021 home-and-away season will move to a 14-round season.

All clubs have played at least seven games across 12 rounds this season with Round 13 to commence tonight when Frankston host Port Melbourne at SkyBus Stadium at 7.30pm.
All clubs will play 14 home-and-away games across the 19 rounds to complete the season.
A top eight finals structure will commence on Saturday August 28 with the VFL Grand Final to be held on Sunday September 19 at Marvel Stadium.
AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said the VFL community continues to navigate its way through a challenging year for sport.
“The VFL community has shown great resilience, commitment and dedication to get through an unprecedented year for football,” Salter said.
“The season has been different, but the rivalries are fierce, the standard is exceptionally high, and the addition of new clubs has provided a competition like no other.”
“The VFL football-starved community of fans across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland have been rewarded with the highest standard of state league football in the country this season and there is much for fans to look forward to as we push towards the finals.”
“The current ladder represents the best of the VFL this season, three AFL clubs, two AFL-aligned clubs, three VFL standalone clubs including the Southport Sharks from Queensland. Two games separate fourth from 10th.”
“We move forward with momentum and look forward to that Sunday in September at Marvel Stadium.”

This year’s fixture continues to align with AFL programs given the VFL involvement of AFL-listed players from 14 AFL clubs and the shared resources across all 14 AFL clubs. The fixture for the VFL will continue to be a week-by-week proposition for the short-term.  
VFL Games will continue to be shown with broadcast partners the Seven Network, Foxtel and Kayo.
VFL and VFL Club digital channels will have all the ticketing information for fans as each weekend’s games are released.
A spot in the VFLW Grand Final is on the line for Collingwood and Essendon in the second rebel VFLW semi-final at Victoria Park this Saturday. Geelong and the Southern Saints will face off for a spot in the preliminary final in the first match at GMHBA Stadium for the year.
“We are excited to showcase four great clubs in the rebel VFLW Finals this weekend and eagerly await to see the results as they march towards the 2021 rebel VFLW Grand Final,” Salter said.
“Presenting a 2021 rebel VFLW Premier will be a testament to the hard work of all clubs, players, officials and supporters.”
Talent from pathway programs including the NAB League will continue to be given the opportunity to play with VFL and VFLW clubs to provide aspiring AFL and AFLW talent the experience of senior football.
While COVID-19 continues to impact the community, the health and welfare of our players and the community remains the priority and all matches will operate in a safe manner anchored in the advice of respective governments, public health officials and medical experts.
The AFL would like to acknowledge the support of all industry stakeholders throughout this process and their patience in the construction of the revised fixture. The AFL also thanks the legion of fans and supporters for their patience and acknowledge the changes to the fixture will provide equality in the run home to clubs, players and supporters.

ROUND 13 – 10 & 11 July

Coburg v Northern Bullants


Frankston v Port Melbourne

Richmond v Collingwood

Sandringham v Essendon

Footscray v Sydney Swans

Werribee v Casey Demons

Williamstown v Geelong

Brisbane Lions v Southport


Byes: North Melbourne, Box Hill, Carlton, Aspley


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ROUND 14 – 17 & 18 July

Casey Demons v Box Hill

Collingwood v Carlton

Gold Coast SUNS v Footscray

Nth Melbourne v Essendon

Coburg v Geelong

Port Melbourne v Werribee

Aspley v Williamstown

Frankston v Sandringham

Southport v Northern Bullants


Byes: GWS Giants, Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions, Richmond


ROUND 15 – 24 & 25 July

Box Hill v Brisbane Lions

Gold Coast SUNS v Casey Demons

Essendon v GWS GIANTS

Carlton v Nth Melbourne

Footscray v Port Melbourne

Geelong v Richmond

Southport v Werribee

Williamstown v Sandringham

Collingwood v Aspley


Byes: Sydney, Coburg, Northern Bullants, Frankston


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Round 16 – 31 Jul – 1 Aug

Casey Demons v Footscray

Frankston v Richmond

Gold Coast SUNS v Brisbane Lions

Nth Melbourne v Geelong


Port Melbourne v Collingwood

Sandringham v Carlton

Coburg v Southport

Essendon v Sydney Swans

Williamstown v Box Hill

Werribee v Northern Bullants


Byes: None


ROUND 17 – 7 & 8 Aug

Box Hill v Collingwood

Richmond v Nth Melbourne

Southport v Frankston

Sydney Swans v Sandringham

Werribee v Port Melbourne

Coburg v Williamstown

Brisbane Lions v Northern Bullants

Casey Demons v Carlton


Byes: Gold Coast SUNS, Aspley, Geelong, GWS GIANTS, Essendon, Footscray


ROUND 18 – 14 & 15 Aug

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood

Gold Coast SUNS v Essendon

Northern Bullants v Port Melbourne

GWS GIANTS v Richmond

Geelong v Sandringham

Coburg v Werribee

Williamstown v Casey Demons

Footscray v Aspley

Carlton v Sydney Swans


Byes: Frankston, Nth Melbourne, Southport, Box Hill


ROUND 19 – 21 & 22 Aug

Essendon v Collingwood

Aspley v Gold Coast SUNS

Carlton v GWS GIANTS

Northern Bullants v Casey Demons

Port Melbourne v Geelong

Richmond v Box Hill

Sandringham v Footscray

Brisbane Lions v Southport

Coburg v Sydney Swans

Frankston v Werribee

Nth Melbourne v Williamstown


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