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AFL reveals full 2021 fixture: Every game, venue and round here

Geelong will have to wait until round eight to seek revenge for this year’s grand final defeat to Richmond in the AFL’s newly-released 2021 fixture.

The league has unveiled match-ups for all 23 rounds but dates and times only for the first six.

A floating fixture is in place from round seven onwards with the AFL opting for flexibility due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 disruption.

The Tigers are scheduled to host Geelong at the MCG on the weekend of May 7-9.

Richmond secured their third premiership in four seasons when beat the Cats by 31 points in October’s historic 2020 decider at the Gabba.

Monday’s fixture release comes a day after the AFL filtered out details of the opening round, confirming games would return to Victoria for the first time since July.

The league has experimented with Thursday night football during the past decade, but the timeslot will get even more exposure in 2021 with a number of blockbuster games.

The AFL has revealed every game of every round – and there are some blockbusters to kick off proceedings. Credit: Getty

The first five rounds of the season will all kick-off on Thursday nights, with Victorian powerhouses Richmond, Carlton and Collingwood all featuring in two games each.

Games will also return to Canberra and Tasmania after those destinations saw no men’s football played there in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Bringing footy back to capital cities that faced a very uncertain and challenging time this year due to the COVID will be uplifting for not only the fans in those states, but also for the teams themselves,” AFL fixture boss Travis Auld said.

“We begin season 2021 with a renewed level of optimism, focusing on delivering fans a blockbuster schedule of matches to open the season.”

“Having so many different clubs feature in marquee timeslots is testament to the success of the AFL’s equalisation policies.”

AFL grand final
AFL grand finalists Richmond and Geelong will meet again in round eight in 2021. Credit: AAP

2021 AFL FIXTURE

All times are AEDT prior to April 4 before changing to AEST

ROUND 1

Thursday March 18

Richmond v Carlton, MCG (7:25pm)

Friday March 19

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG (7:50pm)

Saturday March 20

Melbourne v Fremantle, MCG (1:45pm)

Adelaide Crows v Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval (4:35pm)

Essendon v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium (7:25pm)

Brisbane Lions v Sydney Swans, Gabba (7:45pm)

Sunday March 21

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium (1:10pm)

GWS Giants v St Kilda, Giants Stadium (3:20pm)

West Coast Eagles v Gold Coast Suns, Optus Stadium (6:10pm)

ROUND 2

Thursday March 25

Carlton v Collingwood, MCG (7:20pm)

Friday March 26

Geelong Cats v Brisbane Lions, GMHBA Stadium (7:50pm)

Saturday March 27

Sydney Swans v Adelaide Crows, SCG (1:45pm)

Port Adelaide v Essendon, Adelaide Oval (4:35pm)

St Kilda v Melbourne, Marvel Stadium (7:25pm)

Gold Coast Suns v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday March 28

Hawthorn v Richmond, MCG (1:10pm)

Western Bulldogs v West Coast Eagles, Marvel Stadium (3:20pm)

Fremantle v GWS Giants, Optus Stadium (6:10pm)

ROUND 3

Thursday April 1

Brisbane Lions v Collingwood, Gabba (7:40pm)

Friday April 2

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, Marvel Stadium (4:20pm)

Adelaide Crows v Gold Coast Suns, Adelaide Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 3

Richmond v Sydney Swans, MCG (1:45pm)

Essendon v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

West Coast Eagles v Port Adelaide, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday April 4

Carlton v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium (3:20pm)

GWS Giants v Melbourne, Manuka Oval (6:10pm)

Monday April 5

Geelong Cats v Hawthorn, MCG (3:20pm)

ROUND 4

Thursday April 8

Sydney Swans v Essendon, SCG (7:20pm)

Friday April 9

Port Adelaide v Richmond, Adelaide Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 10

Western Bulldogs v Brisbane Lions, Mars Stadium (1:45pm)

St Kilda v West Coast Eagles, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

Gold Coast Suns v Carlton, Metricon Stadium (7:25pm)

Collingwood v GWS Giants, MCG (7:25pm)

Sunday April 11

North Melbourne v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium (1:10pm)

Melbourne v Geelong Cats, MCG (3:20pm)

Fremantle v Hawthorn, Optus Stadium (4:40pm)

ROUND 5

Thursday April 15

St Kilda v Richmond, Marvel Stadium (7:20pm)

Friday April 16

West Coast Eagles v Collingwood, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Saturday April 17

Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast Suns, Marvel Stadium (1:45pm)

Sydney Swans v GWS Giants, SCG (4:35pm)

Carlton v Port Adelaide, MCG (7:25pm)

Brisbane Lions v Essendon, Gabba (7:25pm)

Sunday April 18

Adelaide Crows v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval (1:10pm)

Hawthorn v Melbourne, MCG (3:20pm)

Geelong Cats v North Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium (4:40pm)

ROUND 6

Friday April 23

GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs, Manuka Oval (7:50pm)

Saturday April 24

Geelong Cats v West Coast Eagles, GMHBA Stadium (1:45pm)

Gold Coast Suns v Sydney Swans, Metricon Stadium (1:45pm)

Carlton v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium (4:35pm)

Melbourne v Richmond, MCG (7:25pm)

Fremantle v North Melbourne, Optus Stadium (8:10pm)

Sunday April 25

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows, UTAS Stadium (12:30pm)

Collingwood v Essendon, MCG (3:20pm)

Port Adelaide v St Kilda, Adelaide Oval (6:40pm)

ROUND 7

Times and dates TBA

Friday April 30 to Sunday May 2

Adelaide Crows v GWS Giants, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Port Adelaide, Gabba

Collingwood v Gold Coast Suns, MCG

Essendon v Carlton, MCG

North Melbourne v Melbourne, Blundstone Arena

Richmond v Western Bulldogs, MCG

St Kilda v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Geelong Cats, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Fremantle, Optus Stadium

ROUND 8

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 7 to Sunday May 9

Fremantle v Brisbane Lions, Optus Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Essendon, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Melbourne v Sydney Swans, MCG

North Melbourne v Collingwood, Marvel Stadium

Port Adelaide v Adelaide Crows, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Geelong Cats, MCG

Western Bulldogs v Carlton, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 9

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 14 to Sunday May 16

Essendon v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Brisbane Lions, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v North Melbourne, UTAS Stadium

Melbourne v Carlton, MCG

Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

St Kilda v Geelong Cats, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Collingwood, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows, Optus Stadium

ROUND 10

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 21 to Sunday May 23

Adelaide Crows v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Richmond, Gabba

Carlton v Hawthorn, MCG

Collingwood v Port Adelaide, MCG

Essendon v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v Sydney Swans, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v Gold Coast Suns, GMHBA Stadium

GWS Giants v West Coast Eagles, Giants Stadium

Western Bulldogs v St Kilda, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 11

Times and dates TBA

Friday May 28 to Sunday May 30

Brisbane Lions v GWS Giants, Gabba

Collingwood v Geelong Cats, MCG

Gold Coast Suns v Hawthorn, TIO Stadium

Port Adelaide v Fremantle, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Adelaide Crows, MCG

St Kilda v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Carlton, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Essendon, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 12

Times and dates TBA

Friday June 4 to Sunday June 6

Adelaide Crows v Collingwood, Adelaide Oval

Carlton v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Essendon v Richmond, MCG

Fremantle v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium

Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, TIO Traeger Park

St Kilda v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Byes: Geelong Cats, Gold Coast Suns, GWS Giants, Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide

ROUND 13

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 10 to Monday June 14

Fremantle v Gold Coast Suns, Optus Stadium

Melbourne v Collingwood, MCG

North Melbourne v GWS Giants, Blundstone Arena

Port Adelaide v Geelong Cats, Adelaide Oval

St Kilda v Adelaide Crows, Cazaly’s Stadium

Sydney Swans v Hawthorn, SCG

Byes: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs

ROUND 14

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 17 to Sunday June 20

Geelong Cats v Western Bulldogs, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Port Adelaide, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Carlton, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Essendon, MCG

North Melbourne v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium

West Coast Eagles v Richmond, Optus Stadium

Byes: Adelaide Crows, Collingwood, Fremantle, Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans

ROUND 15

Times and dates TBA

Thursday June 24 to Sunday June 27

Brisbane Lions v Geelong Cats, Gabba

Carlton v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium

Collingwood v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v Melbourne, MCG

GWS Giants v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium

North Melbourne v Gold Coast Suns, Blundstone Arena

Port Adelaide v Sydney Swans, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v St Kilda, MCG

West Coast Eagles v Western Bulldogs, Optus Stadium

ROUND 16

Times and dates TBA

Thursday July 1 to Sunday July 4

Adelaide Crows v Brisbane Lions, Adelaide Oval

Collingwood v St Kilda, MCG

Fremantle v Carlton, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v Essendon, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Richmond, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

Melbourne v GWS Giants, MCG

Sydney Swans v West Coast Eagles, SCG

Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 17

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 9 to Sunday July 11

Brisbane Lions v St Kilda, Gabba

Carlton v Geelong Cats, MCG

Essendon v Adelaide Crows, Marvel Stadium

GWS Giants v Gold Coast Suns, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Fremantle, UTAS Stadium

Port Adelaide v Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Richmond v Collingwood, MCG

West Coast Eagles v North Melbourne, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 18

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 16 to Sunday July 18

Adelaide Crows v West Coast Eagles, Adelaide Oval

Collingwood v Carlton, MCG

Fremantle v Geelong Cats, Optus Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Sydney Swans, Giants Stadium

Melbourne v Hawthorn, MCG

North Melbourne v Essendon, Marvel Stadium

Richmond v Brisbane Lions, MCG

St Kilda v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 19

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25

Carlton v North Melbourne, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

Geelong Cats v Richmond, MCG

Gold Coast Suns v Melbourne, Metricon Stadium

Hawthorn v Brisbane Lions, MCG

Port Adelaide v Collingwood, Adelaide Oval

Sydney Swans v Fremantle, SCG

West Coast Eagles v St Kilda, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows, Mars Stadium

ROUND 20

Times and dates TBA

Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1

Adelaide Crows v Hawthorn, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Gold Coast Suns, Gabba

Collingwood v West Coast Eagles, MCG

Essendon v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v Richmond, Optus Stadium

GWS Giants v Port Adelaide, Manuka Oval

Melbourne v Western Bulldogs, MCG

North Melbourne v Geelong Cats, Blundstone Arena

St Kilda v Carlton, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 21

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 6 to Sunday August 8

Adelaide Crows v Port Adelaide, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v Fremantle, Gabba

Carlton v Gold Coast Suns, Marvel Stadium

Geelong Cats v GWS Giants, GMHBA Stadium

Hawthorn v Collingwood, MCG

Richmond v North Melbourne, MCG

Sydney Swans v St Kilda, SCG

West Coast Eagles v Melbourne, Optus Stadium

Western Bulldogs v Essendon, Marvel Stadium

ROUND 22

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 13 to Sunday August 15

Collingwood v Brisbane Lions, Marvel Stadium

Fremantle v West Coast Eagles, Optus Stadium

Geelong Cats v St Kilda, GMHBA Stadium

Gold Coast Suns v Essendon, Metricon Stadium

GWS Giants v Richmond, Giants Stadium

Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs, UTAS Stadium

Melbourne v Adelaide Crows, MCG

North Melbourne v Sydney Swans, Marvel Stadium

Port Adelaide v Carlton, Adelaide Oval

ROUND 23

Times and dates TBA

Friday August 20 to Sunday August 22

Adelaide Crows v North Melbourne, Adelaide Oval

Brisbane Lions v West Coast Eagles, Gabba

Carlton v GWS Giants, Marvel Stadium

Essendon v Collingwood, MCG

Geelong Cats v Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium

Richmond v Hawthorn, MCG

St Kilda v Fremantle, Marvel Stadium

Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns, SCG

Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium

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