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CONFIRMED: AFL release fixtures for rounds 9 to 12 including 20 consecutive days of footy

Prepare for a football bonanza, the AFL have announced 20 consecutive days of football to be played from round nine to 11.

WA will not miss out, with three games set for Optus Stadium next weekend as West Coast play Geelong, Fremantle tackle Collingwood and Hawthorn play Carlton at the premier venue in a massive football coup for the state.

The weekend of footy will start with Carlton and Hawthorn next Thursday afternoon at the venue, but the 3:40 pm start time won’t be favourable for WA Hawks and Blues fans hoping to attend.

Sydney and GWS will head west during to be the next two clubs in WA’s rolling hub.

The NSW clubs will play each other on Thursday, August 13 at 6:10 pm, starting round 11 at Optus Stadium.

Clubs were worried if they did not have the fixture by Thursday’s teams announcement it would interrupt their plans to rest some players leading into short breaks in Round 9.

The Tigers and Dogs will play at Metricon Stadium but not off a short break, with Richmond having a five-day break and the Western Bulldogs six days leading in from Round 8 contests.

The AFL’s plan to schedule four games for most sides in 20 days means 12 of the 18 teams will play off short breaks, with six of those teams given a bye through that period.

Melbourne and Essendon will not have the benefit of a bye as they catch up on their missed game that was postponed due to a COVID scare to Bomber Conor McKenna.

The AFL and player union have agreed to thaw the contract freeze for players which will give players the chance to sign new deals leading into the condensed schedule.

It will mean some of the stars of the game can sign deals that would give them injury protection should they suffer long-term injuries in the coming weeks.

The Essendon-Melbourne make-up game is not in the Round 9-12 fixture and will have to be made up in the back-end of the fixture.

But there are no Northern Territory games in this fixture, as the AFL plans to play games in Darwin and Alice Springs later in the home-and-away season.

The AFL will schedule mid-week double-headers on the Monday of Round 11, the Wednesday of Round 10 and the Thursday nights of Rounds 9 and 10.

The Kangaroos will also head south to play in Hobart in Rounds 11 and 12 as they fulfil their commitment to the Tasmanian government.

Doubleheaders will occur on the Thursday nights in round nine and 10, on the Monday night of round 11, and on the Wednesday night of round 10.

AFL 2020 FIXTURE (All times local)

ROUND 9

Wednesday July 29

Western Bulldogs vs Richmond (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm

Thursday July 30

Carlton vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 3:40pm

Melbourne vs Port Adelaide (Gabba), 8:10pm

Friday July 31

Essendon vs Brisbane Lions (Metricon Stadium), 7:50pm

Saturday August 1

North Melbourne vs Adelaide Crows (Metricon Stadium), 2:35pm

St Kilda vs Sydney Swans (Gabba), 5:10pm

West Coast vs Geelong Cats (Optus Stadium), 8:10pm

Sunday August 2

Gold Coast vs GWS Giants (Metricon Stadium), 3:35pm

Fremantle vs Collingwood (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm

ROUND 10

Monday August 3

Port Adelaide vs Western Bulldogs (Adelaide Oval), 6:40pm

Tuesday August 4

Richmond vs Brisbane Lions (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm

Wednesday August 5

Geelong Cats vs North Melbourne (Gabba), 5:40pm

Adelaide Crows vs Melbourne (Adelaide Oval), 7:40pm

Thursday August 6

Collingwood vs Sydney Swans (Gabba), 5:40pm

Gold Coast Suns vs St Kilda (Metricon Stadium), 8:10pm

Friday August 7

Essendon vs GWS Giants (Metricon Stadium), 7:50pm

BYES: Fremantle, West Coast Eagles, Hawthorn, Carlton

ROUND 11

Saturday August 8

Port Adelaide vs Richmond (Adelaide Oval), 4:05pm

Brisbane Lions vs Western Bulldogs (Gabba), 7:40pm

Sunday August 9

West Coast Eagles vs Carlton (Optus Stadium), 1:35pm

North Melbourne vs Melbourne (Blundstone Arena), 6:10pm

Monday August 10

Geelong Cats vs St Kilda (Gabba), 6:10pm

Fremantle vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 6:40pm

Tuesday August 11

Adelaide Crows vs Collingwood (Adelaide Oval), 6:40pm

Wednesday August 12

Gold Coast Suns vs Essendon (Metricon Stadium), 7:10pm

BYES: GWS Giants, Sydney Swans

Thursday August 13

Sydney Swans vs GWS Giants (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm

Friday August 14

Geelong vs Port Adelaide (Gabba), 7:50pm

Saturday August 15

North Melbourne vs Brisbane Lions (Blundstone Arena), 2:35pm

Melbourne vs Collingwood (Gabba), 5:10pm

Fremantle vs Carlton (Optus Stadium), 6:10pm

Sunday August 16

Western Bulldogs vs Adelaide Crows (Metricon Stadium), 1:05pm

St Kilda vs Essendon (Gabba), 3:35pm

West Coast Eagles vs Hawthorn (Optus Stadium), 4:10pm

Monday August 17

Richmond vs Gold Coast Suns (Gabba), 7:10pm

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