AFL 2021 fixture: First six rounds revealed

The AFL has released the fixture for the first six rounds of the 2021 men's season.

The league will return to a 23-round season (with 22 matches per team) but the fixture for the remaining 17 rounds of match-ups will not be released until next year, in blocks.

AFL general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld said the initial block of the fixture was constructed with the primary aim of achieving a strong start to build momentum into the early part of the season.

"The first six weeks looks as exciting as any recent season in memory. We know supporters are looking forward to the return of the AFL season and there is much for fans to look forward to, whether that be attending matches or watching the broadcast."

Auld also cautioned the industry on the on-going challenges of the pandemic.

"We must not lose sight of the ongoing pandemic, we will remain diligent and take every precaution, both at clubs during the week and in stadiums on match day, to ensure the health and well-being of everyone continues to be the key priority.

"Scheduling the fixture in blocks provides an added level of flexibility to adjust where required, and as our recent season demonstrated, our clubs and industry have the resilience and open-mindness to adapt where needed to keep footy going for the fans."

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ROUND ONE:
Thursday, March 18
Richmond v Carlton, MCG, 7.25pm AEDT

Friday, March 19
Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, MCG, 7.50pm AEDT

Saturday, March 20
Melbourne v Fremantle, MCG, 1.45pm AEDT
Adelaide v Geelong, Adelaide Oval, 4.35pm AEDT
Essendon v Hawthorn, Marvel Stadium, 7.25pm AEDT
Brisbane v Sydney, Gabba, 7.45pm AEDT

Sunday, March 21
North Melbourne v Port Adelaide, Marvel Stadium, 1.10pm AEDT
Greater Western Sydney v St Kilda, Giants Stadium, 3.20pm AEDT
West Coast v Gold Coast, Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AEDT

ROUND TWO:
Thursday, March 25
Carlton vs. Collingwood, MCG, 7:20pm AEDT

Friday, March 26
Geelong vs. Brisbane Lions, GMHBA Stadium, 7:50pm AEDT

Saturday, March 27
Sydney vs. Adelaide SCG 1:45pm AEDT
Port Adelaide vs. Essendon Adelaide Oval 4:35pm AEDT
St Kilda vs. Melbourne Marvel Stadium 7:25pm AEDT
Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne Metricon Stadium 8:10pm AEDT

Sunday, March 28
Hawthorn vs. Richmond MCG 1:10pm AEDT
Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast Marvel Stadium 3:20pm AEDT
Fremantle vs. GWS Optus Stadium 6:10pm AEDT

ROUND THREE:
Thursday, April 1
Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood Gabba 7:40pm AEDT

Friday, April 2
North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs Marvel Stadium 4:20pm AEDT
Adelaide vs. Gold Coast Adelaide Oval 7:50pm AEDT

Saturday, April 3
Richmond vs. Sydney MCG 1:45pm AEDT
Essendon vs. St Kilda Marvel Stadium 4:35pm AEDT
West Coast vs. Port Adelaide Optus Stadium 8:10pm AEDT

Sunday, April 4
Carlton vs. Fremantle Marvel Stadium 3:20pm AEST
GWS vs. Melbourne Manuka Oval 6:10pm AEST

Monday, April 5
Geelong vs. Hawthorn MCG 3:20pm AEST

ROUND FOUR:
Thursday, April 8
Sydney vs. Essendon SCG 7:20pm AEST

Friday, April 9
Port Adelaide vs. Richmond Adelaide Oval 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, April 10
Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane Lions Mars Stadium 1:45pm AEST
St Kilda vs. West Coast Eagles Marvel Stadium 4:35pm AEST
Gold Coast vs. Carlton Metricon Stadium 7:25pm AEST
Collingwood vs. GWS MCG 7:25pm AEST

Sunday, April 11
North Melbourne vs. Adelaide Marvel Stadium 1:10pm AEST
Melbourne vs. Geelong MCG 3:20pm AEST
Fremantle vs. Hawthorn Optus Stadium 4:40pm AEST

ROUND FIVE:
Thursday, April 15
St Kilda vs. Richmond Marvel Stadium 7:20pm AEST

Friday, April 16
West Coast vs. Collingwood Optus Stadium 8:10pm AEST

Saturday, April 17
Western Bulldogs vs. Gold Coast Marvel Stadium 1:45pm AEST
Sydney Swans vs. GWS SCG 4:35pm AEST
Carlton vs. Port Adelaide MCG 7:25pm AEST
Brisbane Lions vs. Essendon Gabba 7:25pm AEST

Sunday, April 18
Adelaide vs. Fremantle Adelaide Oval 1:10pm AEST
Hawthorn vs. Melbourne MCG 3:20pm AEST
Geelong vs. North Melbourne GMHBA Stadium 4:40pm AEST

ROUND SIX
Friday, April 23
GWS vs. Western Bulldogs Manuka Oval 7:50pm AEST

Saturday, April 24
Geelong vs. West Coast GMHBA Stadium 1:45pm AEST
Gold Coast vs. Sydney Metricon Stadium 1:45pm AEST
Carlton vs. Brisbane Lions Marvel Stadium (FOX) 4:35pm AEST
Melbourne vs. Richmond MCG (SEVEN) 7:25pm AEST
Fremantle vs. North Melbourne Optus Stadium (FOX) 8:10pm AEST

Sunday, April 25
Hawthorn vs. Adelaide University of Tasmania Stadium 12:30pm AEST
Collingwood vs. Essendon MCG (SEVEN) 3:20pm AEST
Port Adelaide vs. St Kilda Adelaide Oval 6:40pm AEST

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