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2021 AFL Fixtures Released

  • The AFL have released the 2021 fixture 
  • The AFL have locked in the opening six rounds
  • Rounds 7-23 have allocated match-ups, but no set dates or times
2021 AFL Fixture Released
The AFL have released the fixture for the 2021 season (Getty)
Justin Darcy 21 Dec 2020
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The 2021 AFL fixture has been released, with the opening six rounds locked in with venues, dates and times, while rounds 7-23 have their allocated match-ups, with times and dates still to be decided.

Details about these rounds will be released approximately 4-6 weeks in advance of the round, ensuring that we see more blockbuster games in prime timeslots.

See the 2021 AFL fixture below.


Thursday, March 18

Richmond vs. Carlton (MCG) 7.25pm

Friday, March 19

Collingwood vs. Western Bulldogs (Marvel) 7.50pm

Saturday, March 20

Melbourne vs. Fremantle (MCG) 1.45pm

Adelaide Crows vs. Geelong Cats (AO) 4.35pm

Essendon vs. Hawthorn (Marvel) 7.25pm

Brisbane Lions vs. Sydney Swans (G) 7.45pm

Sunday, March 21

North Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide (Marvel) 1.10pm

GWS GIANTS vs. St Kilda (GS) 3.20pm

West Coast Eagles vs. Gold Coast SUNS (OS) 6.10pm


Thursday, March 25

Carlton vs. Collingwood (MCG) 7.20pm

Friday, March 26

Geelong Cats vs. Brisbane Lions (GMHBA) 7.50pm

Saturday, March 27

Sydney Swans vs. Adelaide Crows (SCG) 1.45pm

Port Adelaide vs. Essendon (AO) 4.35pm

St Kilda vs. Melbourne (Marvel) 7.25pm

Gold Coast SUNS vs. North Melbourne (MS) 8.10pm

Sunday, March 28

Hawthorn vs. Richmond (MCG) 1.10pm

Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast Eagles (Marvel) 3.20pm

Fremantle vs. GWS GIANTS (OS) 6.10pm


Thursday, April 1

Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood (G) 7.40pm

Friday, April 2

North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs (Marvel) 4.20pm

Adelaide Crows vs. Gold Coast SUNS (AO) 7.50pm

Saturday, April 3

Richmond vs. Sydney Swans (MCG) 1.45pm

Essendon vs. St Kilda (Marvel) 4.35pm

West Coast Eagles vs. Port Adelaide (OS) 8.10pm

Sunday, April 4

Carlton vs. Fremantle (Marvel) 3.20pm

GWS GIANTS vs. Melbourne (MO) 6.10pm

Monday, April 5

Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn (MCG) 3.20pm


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)


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)


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 (Dates and times are yet to be confirmed)

Round Begins Friday, April 30*

Adelaide Crows vs. GWS GIANTS (AO)

Brisbane Lions vs. Port Adelaide (G)

Collingwood vs. Gold Coast SUNS (MCG)

Essendon vs. Carlton (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Melbourne (BA)

Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs (MCG)

St Kilda vs. Hawthorn (Marvel)

Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats (SCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. Fremantle (OS)


Round Begins Friday, May 7*

Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions (OS)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. St Kilda (MS)

GWS GIANTS vs. Essendon (GS)

Hawthorn vs. West Coast Eagles (MCG)

Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Collingwood (Marvel)

Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide Crows (AO)

Richmond vs. Geelong Cats (MCG)

Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, May 14*

Essendon vs. Fremantle (Marvel)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Brisbane Lions (MS)

Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne (UTAS)

Melbourne vs. Carlton (MCG

Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs (AO)

Richmond vs. GWS GIANTS (Marvel)

St Kilda vs. Geelong Cats (Marvel)

Sydney Swans vs. Collingwood (SCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. Adelaide Crows (OS)


Round Begins Friday, May 21*

Adelaide Crows vs. Melbourne (AO)

Brisbane Lions vs. Richmond (G)

Carlton vs. Hawthorn (MCG)

Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide (MCG)

Essendon vs. North Melbourne (Marvel)

Fremantle vs. Sydney Swans (OS)

Geelong Cats vs. Gold Coast SUNS (GMHBA)

GWS GIANTS vs. West Coast Eagles (GS)

Western Bulldogs vs. St Kilda (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, May 28*

Brisbane Lions vs. GWS GIANTS (G)

Collingwood vs. Geelong Cats (MCG)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Hawthorn (TIO)

Port Adelaide vs. Fremantle (AO)

Richmond vs. Adelaide Crows (MCG)

St Kilda vs. North Melbourne (Marvel)

Sydney Swans vs. Carlton (SCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. Essendon (OS)

Western Bulldogs vs. Melbourne (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, June 4*

Adelaide Crows vs. Collingwood (AO)

Carlton vs. West Coast Eagles (MCG)

Essendon vs. Richmond (MCG)

Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs (OS)

Melbourne vs. Brisbane Lions (TP)

St Kilda vs. Sydney Swans (Marvel)

Byes: Geelong Cats, Gold Coast SUNS, GWS GIANTS,

Hawthorn, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide


Round Begins Friday, June 10*

Fremantle vs. Gold Coast SUNS (OS)

Melbourne vs. Collingwood (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. GWS GIANTS (BA)

Port Adelaide vs. Geelong Cats (AO)

St Kilda vs. Adelaide Crows (Marvel)

Sydney Swans vs. Hawthorn (SCG)

Byes: Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Essendon,

Richmond, West Coast Eagles, Western Bulldogs


Round Begins Thursday, June 17*

Geelong Cats vs. Western Bulldogs (GMHBA)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Port Adelaide (MS)

GWS GIANTS vs. Carlton (GS)

Hawthorn vs. Essendon (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Brisbane Lions (Marvel)

West Coast Eagles vs. Richmond (OS)

Byes: Adelaide Crows, Collingwood, Fremantle,

Melbourne, St Kilda, Sydney Swans


Round Begins Thursday, June 24*

Brisbane Lions vs. Geelong Cats (G)

Carlton vs. Adelaide Crows (Marvel)

Collingwood vs. Fremantle (Marvel)

Essendon vs. Melbourne (MCG)

GWS GIANTS vs. Hawthorn (GS)

North Melbourne vs. Gold Coast SUNS (BA)

Port Adelaide vs. Sydney Swans (AO)

Richmond vs. St Kilda (MCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. Western Bulldogs (OS)


Round Begins Thursday, July 1*

Adelaide Crows vs. Brisbane Lions (AO)

Collingwood vs. St Kilda (MCG)

Fremantle vs. Carlton (OS)

Geelong Cats vs. Essendon (GMHBA)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Richmond (MS)

Hawthorn vs. Port Adelaide (Marvel)

Melbourne vs. GWS GIANTS (MCG)

Sydney Swans vs. West Coast Eagles (SCG)

Western Bulldogs vs. North Melbourne (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, July 9*

Brisbane Lions vs. St Kilda (G)

Carlton vs. Geelong Cats (MCG)

Essendon vs. Adelaide Crows (Marvel)

GWS GIANTS vs. Gold Coast SUNS (GS)

Hawthorn vs. Fremantle (UTAS)

Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne (AO)

Richmond vs. Collingwood (MCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. North Melbourne (OS)

Western Bulldogs vs. Sydney Swans (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, July 16*

Adelaide Crows vs. West Coast Eagles (AO)

Collingwood vs. Carlton (MCG)

Fremantle vs. Geelong Cats (OS)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Western Bulldogs (MS)

GWS GIANTS vs. Sydney Swans (GS)

Melbourne vs. Hawthorn (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Essendon (Marvel)

Richmond vs. Brisbane Lions (MCG)

St Kilda vs. Port Adelaide (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, July 23*

Carlton vs. North Melbourne (Marvel)

Essendon vs. GWS GIANTS (Marvel)

Geelong Cats vs. Richmond (MCG)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Melbourne (MS)

Hawthorn vs. Brisbane Lions (MCG)

Port Adelaide vs. Collingwood (AO)

Sydney Swans vs. Fremantle (SCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. St Kilda (OS)

Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide Crows (MARS)


Round Begins Friday, July 30*

Adelaide Crows vs. Hawthorn (AO)

Brisbane Lions vs. Gold Coast SUNS (G)

Collingwood vs. West Coast Eagles (MCG)

Essendon vs. Sydney Swans (Marvel)

Fremantle vs. Richmond (OS)

GWS GIANTS vs. Port Adelaide (MO)

Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Geelong Cats (BA)

St Kilda vs. Carlton (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, August 6*

Adelaide Crows vs. Port Adelaide (AO)

Brisbane Lions vs. Fremantle (G)

Carlton vs. Gold Coast SUNS (Marvel)

Geelong Cats vs. GWS GIANTS (GMHBA)

Hawthorn vs. Collingwood (MCG)

Richmond vs. North Melbourne (MCG)

Sydney Swans vs. St Kilda (SCG)

West Coast Eagles vs. Melbourne (OS)

Western Bulldogs vs. Essendon (Marvel)


Round Begins Friday, August 13*

Collingwood vs. Brisbane Lions (Marvel)

Fremantle vs. West Coast Eagles (OS)

Geelong Cats vs. St Kilda (GMHBA)

Gold Coast SUNS vs. Essendon (MS)

GWS GIANTS vs. Richmond (GS)

Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs (UTAS)

Melbourne vs. Adelaide Crows (MCG)

North Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans (Marvel)

Port Adelaide vs. Carlton (AO)


Round Begins Friday, August 20*

Adelaide Crows vs. North Melbourne (AO)

Brisbane Lions vs. West Coast Eagles (G)

Carlton vs. GWS GIANTS (Marvel)

Essendon vs. Collingwood (MCG)

Geelong Cats vs. Melbourne (GMHBA)

Richmond vs. Hawthorn (MCG)

St Kilda vs. Fremantle (Marvel)

Sydney Swans vs. Gold Coast SUNS (SCG)

Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide (Marvel)


Date TBC

Week One – Qualifying & Elimination Finals (4)

Date TBC

Week Two – Semi-Finals (2)

Date TBC

Week Three – Preliminary Finals (2)

Date TBC

Week Four – Toyota AFL Grand Final

AFL Fixture FAQs

Who plays in the first match of the season?

As usual, Richmond and Carlton headline the season opener, playing on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Why do rounds 7-23 not have dates?

The AFL have decided that to ensure that the best matches are played in the prime timeslots, round dates and times will be released four to six weeks in advance.

What date does the season kick off?

The 2021 AFL season kicks off on March 18, at the MCG between Richmond and Carlton.


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