The AFL has today advised all VFL and VFLW Clubs that this weekend’s scheduled matches will not proceed as planned as a result of the Circuit Breaker Lockdown announced by the Victorian State Government this morning.
Outdoor physical recreation and sport will be closed across Victoria during the seven-day lockdown period which starts today at 11.59pm AEST and affects all VFL and VFLW matches scheduled for this weekend involving Victorian clubs.
The community sport restrictions apply to the VFL and VFLW competitions.
All VFL and VFLW matches scheduled to be played in Victoria and involving Victorian clubs this weekend have been postponed.
This includes the Casey Demons' VFL/VFLW double-header against the Bulldogs which was to be played on Sunday.
The matches between the Brisbane Lions and GWS GIANTS at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex in Brisbane and Gold Coast SUNS and Aspley at Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast will not proceed as scheduled.
The Northern Bullants will not travel to Queensland and Carlton will not travel to New South Wales to play their matches.
Alternative arrangements will be made for all six interstate clubs for this weekend. No clubs will play for VFL premiership points this weekend.
The AFL has prepared for this situation and the inclusion of three allocated byes for all VFL clubs provides flexibility with the fixture.
The VFLW home and away season has two games remaining before a scheduled bye and the AFL will work through a revised fixture for all clubs.
Restrictions are enforced until 11.59pm Thursday June 3, 2021 with no VFL or VFLW training to occur before this time.
The AFL will continue to take the advice of governments and health officials as it works through fixturing alternatives for the VFL and VFLW to ensure matches are played, however, acknowledges the situation is fluid and any decision made may change.
The AFL will continue to meet with all parties and review this decision based on the changing circumstances and advice from government and relevant health departments and medical experts. We will communicate any updates and provide advice in a timely manner.
We acknowledge this remains a complicated and rapidly evolving situation but as a football industry we will band together to support each other. This is a reminder that we are all part of a broader society with a responsibility to make sure our community remains safe.
This is what all clubs, players, officials and families will continue to do.
The AFL would like to acknowledge the support of all industry stakeholders and the legion of fans and supporters for their patience during this time.