THE 2020 NAB AFLW Draft will be held via an online video conference on October 6 at 7pm AEST.

It is the first time the event will be run both during the evening and completely online, with the move coming as a response to COVID-19 restrictions.

Richmond – who was the sole club to not win a game in the truncated 2020 season – will carry the unusual combination of picks one, 42 and 52 into the draft after a busy Trade Period saw four players added from other clubs.

At this stage, 58 selections will be made, although teams can continue to add rookies to their lists until Friday, August 28.

"These are unprecedented times and this year has presented many unique challenges across all levels of football," AFL head of women's football Nicole Livingstone said.

"The collaboration from all AFLW clubs throughout this period of time is to be commended and has been a defining factor in enabling us to plan for the future.
"There has been great momentum for AFLW, and while the 2020 NAB AFLW Draft will look different, we know it will still recognise and celebrate the accomplishments of so many talented young women.
"We are all excited to see what the next generation of footballers will bring to the NAB AFLW competition in 2021."

The delisted free agent period has now closed, with only former West Coast forward Tarnee Tester finding a new home at Fremantle.

Each state and territory will hold its own individual NAB AFLW Draft Combine, subject to the respective state government restrictions (consequently, a date for Victoria is yet to be confirmed).

  • New South Wales/ACT – Saturday, September 29
  • Northern Territory – Saturday, October 3
  • Queensland – Saturday, October 3
  • South Australia – Wednesday, September 30
  • Tasmania – week of Monday, September 21
  • Victoria – TBC
  • Western Australia – Friday, September 30

The Draft Nomination Period will run from Tuesday, September 1 to Monday, September 21, and clubs will need to their father/daughter selections by Monday, September 28 

At least two players – Tarni Brown (daughter of Collingwood's Gavin) and Alice Burke (daughter of St Kilda's Nathan) – are expected to join their respective clubs under that provision.

In other news, Melbourne has added a third Irish Gaelic footballer from Dublin, with Lauren Magee joining Sinead Goldrick and Niamh McEvoy on the Demons' list on Thursday. 

Magee, 23, was named an "All-Star" (equivalent of All Australian) in 2018 and has won three championship titles with Dublin.  

Melbourne currently holds picks Number 5, 15, 17, 35, 40 and 47 in the 2020 AFLW Draft.