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VFL Season 2020 - August 1 start date



AFL Victoria has today announced a return to competition date for the 2020 Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear VFL Season.

Eight VFL clubs will return to full-contact training from Monday 13 July with a seven-round season to commence on Saturday 1 August. The eight clubs will be Box Hill, Casey Demons, Coburg, Frankston, Port Melbourne, Sandringham, Werribee and Williamstown.

The 2020 season will conclude with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation “Love the Game Final Series” with the top four clubs competing in a three-week Finals Series, culminating with the VFL Grand Final on the weekend of 10 October. A VFL split round will be fixtured to provide flexibility while preserving the integrity of the competition.

“We want to thank the Victorian Government for their support of Victorian football and thank the wider Victorian community – for an environment where VFL can resume,” AFL Head of Talent Pathways and State League Competitions Tristan Salter said.

“In line with the variations to the women’s competition this year, the focus for both VFL and VFLW football in 2020 is to ensure talent in both leagues are provided with the best opportunity to develop as footballers and ultimately reach the elite level.

“The VFL Competition will look different in 2020, but in consultation with all eight clubs, have developed a model which enables a fair and equitable season for our fans, clubs, players, coaches and officials. The VFL community has been patient and committed during this time and all players and coaches are ready for training and matches to resume.

“While not all AFL-aligned VFL teams will participate in the competition, we look forward to seeing each of the five standalone VFL clubs involved in the season. Each of those traditional VFL clubs have played a significant role in ensuring the season goes ahead and we commend them it.”

The AFL will continue to work with clubs, participants, coaches, umpires and all volunteers to ensure we return to competition play in an effective and safe manner in adherence with the Sport and Recreation Victoria and AFL Return to Play Framework (RTP Framework).

“While the COVID-19 pandemic presents formidable challenges, we hope to start and finish the 2020 VFL season in a safe and responsible manner based on strict protocols now being finalised with the public health officials,” Salter said.

“We know how much these competitions mean to players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans and we look forward to working together to ensuring all clubs return to play in a safe and well managed environment.”

The AFL will continue to review all arrangements including potential crowds and broadcast models in consultation with players, clubs and Victorian State Government and respective Health Officers.

“We thank all our partners for their continued support of the VFL and VFLW and especially want to thank Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear and rebel who continue to be great partners of the leagues.” Mr Salter said.

“Hard Yakka / Totally Workwear is engrained in local communities across Victoria and rebel continues to champion women’s football, and female participation across all types of sport with the aim to increase gender diversity.”

“I would also like to thank Premier Partners Toyota and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation for their commitment and all our competition partners across this period. We have been overwhelmed by the commitment of our partners during this time, and a return to play would not be possible without their support,” Salter said.

The AFL will provide a further update in the coming days on the revised fixture, season details and broadcast arrangements. The VFL competition has a strong relationship with the Seven Network through their support of the competition and are working with them on what their support will look like this year.

AFL-listed players are not permitted to participate in the VFL due to the AFL’s ‘Return to Play’ protocols currently in place. The current AFL protocols permits only approved players and staff who form part of the current AFL program to attend their club venues. These players and staff undergo regular COVID-testing and must comply with the AFL’s Return to Play protocols.

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Part of the article says that not all AFL aligned clubs will compete?? I thought all 8 clubs are competing (also stated elsewhere in the article). 

Great that we are getting a start and hopefully crowds will be allowed back by then. 


* It's time to restore the VFA name.


I still cant see why the training has to wait nearly a month and the season 6 weeks away when the AFL clubs have been training for some weeks now.

It will be good to see the teams compeating but will end up a nothing season with only 7 rounds before the finals.

So how many games to win to get into the top 4 maybe only 3? Only slightly better than nothing.

The big question is what will season 2021 look like?


VFLW season has been cancelled 

replaced by a Super Series in September


The girls wont be happy!

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Something is better than nothing. With a very short season games will be hard fought and every win vital. Fixtures out in days. With no afl teams involved a premiership for one of the eight vfa clubs will be hard fought and well earnt. Game times will not be shortened like afl. Looking forward to the fixtures. My plan is to get to all seven vfa grounds. Finally we will get some footy. 

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Wonder if coburg will play a game at Melton as was listed in original fixture. Highgate reserve craigieburn was recently vandalised my morons. The burgers were also listed to play there as well in original fixture. In 1965 the burgers played home games at north port as north Melbourne took over their ground. 

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Northport I think it was incorrectly worded. I think the author meant that the AFL clubs who previously competed in the comp will not be competing this season. 


Billy whilst a 7 round season is not ideal it's better than nothing, a few weeks back we thought we wouldn't see any vfl at all (which was also reported in the media). Earlier today I received a sms from a fan on the hill saying that they were desperate to watch Port and desoerate to have something to look forward to, I'm guessing theirs many who miss their clubs and unfortunatelly some may not see their team at all in 2020. 

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Afl, nfl and many country leagues will see no action. Seven rounds is better than no rounds. Many will be hanging out watching a footy games, having a few beers with mates and venturing to the local pubs before and after the game. Wonder if supporters of the league's not playing will watch other leagues just to get a fix of watching some footy.


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Robbo what's after 46 ? Let me know tomorrow LOL.  We have all been hanging out for some footy !!!