Footy is officially back June 11th! Wooohoooo!
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan made the announcement during a press conference today at Marvel Stadium. “Today I want to announce that our AFL competition is returning,” McLachlan said. “All players and returning football department staff are being tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to the club and that testing is continuing today. All players will be undergoing education sessions on the protocols they will need to follow.” Under the new conditions footy players and staff will undergo covid-19 testing twice a week, 24 hours prior to contact training sessions. The AFL confirmed it will be covering the cost. Round two will take place 81 days after round one kicked off in March, before it was suspended due to coivd-19.
In order to get the season underway players from Adelaide, Port Adelaide, West Coast and Fremantle, Adelaide will relocate to the Gold Coast for at least four weeks.
The South Australian clubs will be housed at the Mercure Resort, while the Western Australian based clubs will stay at the Pines Resort.
The reason for the temporary covid-bubble is due to current state government restrictions in South Australian and Western Australian.
Both states have refused to allow special permission for teams from the eastern states to fly in and out for football matches.
This would mean teams wanting to play in South Australian and Western Australia would have to quarantine for 14 days before being cleared play...which would defeat the whole purpose.