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VFL 2021 Media statement

VFL Media Release – Victorian Football League 2021 Season Set to Begin April 17

The AFL today announced the 2021 VFL season is set to begin on Saturday April 17, which will see state league men’s footy return to Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales after a 2020 season affected by COVID-19.

The home and away season will feature 22 clubs from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and will consist of a 16-game season across 19 rounds. The largest second-tier football competition in Australia will provide all players with a premium standard of football with VFL matches played in Queensland and New South Wales for the first time.

A Top Eight Finals structure will commence on Saturday August 28 with the VFL Grand Final to be held on the weekend of September 18/19. All clubs will have three allocated byes to provide an added level of flexibility to adjust where required.

The VFL Competition will integrate into a streamlined calendar for men’s football with the 2021 NAB League Boys, with both seasons running concurrently with the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

The 2021 fixture is set to be released at the end of February given the connection to the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The involvement of AFL-listed players from 14 AFL clubs in the VFL competition is central to the fixturing of the season. All clubs and fans have shown resilience and patience ahead of the fixture release.

All clubs have commenced preseason training and are following the return-to-train protocols and guidelines established by the AFL. Club practice matches will commence in March.

Standalone Clubs: Aspley, Coburg, Frankston, Northern Bullants, Port Melbourne, Southport, Werribee, Williamstown
Standalone AFL Clubs: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Footscray, Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS, North Melbourne, Richmond, Sydney Swans
Aligned Clubs: Sandringham, Box Hill Hawks, Casey Demons

All clubs will have connections to community clubs and pathway programs, including a varied alignment to Under-19 NAB League Clubs for Victorian-based teams and state league programs for New South Wales and Queensland-based teams.

The AFL will continue to work with all AFL Clubs on their non-selected AFL players ahead of their respective 2021 seasons and their involvement in state league football.

The AFL will continue to review all arrangements including return-to-play protocols and the return of fans to matches in consultation with clubs, the various State Governments and respective Health Officers to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in this competition remains the priority.


comeng's picture

So lazy the AFL couldn't come up with a new name.

NorthPort's picture

I really dislike this comp being called the VFL (as it should have been rightfully returned to the VFA name years ago) and would have thought that an Eastern State Association or Eastern Football Association would have more merit. 


* It's time to restore the VFA name.


Inept bunch of rabble lacking in leadership & direction. !!

We might be from the bush. but we ain't green

Bearsman's picture

Couldnt agree more digs. We were told this was a new league, an integration of NEAFL and VFL, but they have made it a Victorian takeover.

And the AFL has been conspicuous in its absence from the Collingwood racism issues. If they had any balls they would be all over McGuire with the stance he's taken. They were pretty quick to put their head into the St.Kilda/Rob Muir incident to try an gtab some glory when St.Kilda did the right thing.

Maybe Gilligan is too frightened to upset his good mate...

vfa's picture

A good name would have been the AFA (Australian Football Association) which gives at least some recognition to the old VFA. Looking forward to getting Frankston, Williamstown, Port Melbourne, Werribee, Coburg and Preston to watch a game this year. Will get to all the old VFA standalone teams at least once for their home games. I hope Frankston play a home game against GWS (great waste of space). I will be there and hope GWS cop a hiding and a welcoming to Kars Street they never forget. Watching a game at Preston with the red bullants jumper is a must. Coburg and Williamstown grounds after major works will be good to attend. Frankston night game also on the bucket list. Plenty to look forward to.
Eddie everywhere is well past his due date.


I'm glad they're finished with the spin about this being an exciting new comp. It's not. It is very much the same competition it has been since 2000, with the remaining VFA clubs taking on AFL reserves sides. The only genuine difference is there will be stand alone sides from Brisbane and the Gold Coast this year.


"The home and away season will feature 22 clubs from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and will consist of a 16-game season across 19 rounds."

Two words unwieldy and compromised.The "VFL" was already a joke comp and this new bastardised  comp is worse!

timeball's picture

Not sure 22 team comp is a winner due to the logistics and rounds v the number of teams concerns,  resulting in a skewered finals series.  However let's give it a go as at least its a game of footy in this covid era.

vfa's picture

Very true Timeball. After watching zero games live in 2020 at least we have some footy to watch.
Better than watching cardboard cut-outs on TV !!!!!

Bearsman's picture

ha ha true..or watching the sheilas footy