81 DAYS since the season was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season will resume on June 11.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan confirmed the date on this afternoon while detailing the ‘return to play’ plan that includes a resumption of training next week.
Clubs will begin non-contact training in groups of up to eight from Monday, before a full-scale return to contact training, with two sessions a week, is introduced from May 25.
After initial swabs this week, players and officials will be tested for COVD-19 at least 24 hours before each session in order to have results returned before beginning the sessions.
A fixture for the opening four weeks of matches will be released inside the next 10 days.
“Today is a significant step in getting footy back for everyone – our fans, our clubs, players, coaches, officials and staff, our broadcast and corporate partners and club partners and all who love the game,” McLachlan said.
“We know as this situation continues to evolve, we have to remain agile and flexible to be able to adapt where necessary while ensuring we continue to prioritise the health and welfare of our players, staff and the wider community and – importantly – don’t place any burden on the public health system.
“We have developed our model as the best option for returning to play for both players and officials and the general public and have done so following extensive consultation, including with the Federal, State and Territory Governments and Chief Health Officers.”