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The start of the 2021 AFL Premiership season is fast approaching - but first the 19 teams have to prepare with a series of pre-season games.
Because of concerns around COVID-19 and the desire to limit team travel, the traditional competitive matches - this year known as the AAMI Community Series - has been shortened one match for each team.
However, each team will also play a practice match in their home state before the official pre-season games begin.
Sporting News analyses everything you need to know about the AFL's pre-season plans.
AFL Practice Matches Schedule/Results
|Wed Feb 24||Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn||Whitten Oval||10.30am|
|Thu Feb 25||Carlton v Essendon||IKON Park||11.00am|
|Thu Feb 25||North Melbourne v St Kilda||Arden Street||12.00pm|
|Fri Feb 26||Melbourne v Richmond||Casey Fields||9.30am|
|Fri Feb 26||Geelong v Collingwood||GHMBA Stadium||11.00am|
|Sat Feb 27||Port Adelaide v Adelaide||Alberton Oval||11.30am/11.00am|
|Sat Feb 27||GWS Giants v Sydney||GIANTS Stadium||11.00am|
|Sat Feb 27||West Coast v Fremantle||Mineral Resources Park||1.00pm/10.00am|
|Sat Feb 27||Gold Coast v Brisbane Lions||Metricon Stadium||4.00pm/3.00pm|
Why is there an AFL Practice Match series?
The AFL have organised a one-match AFL practice series to take place instead of two rounds of the AAMI Community Series.
The order of merit: Gold Coast Suns 2021 season
Who are the Suns players that should play to their optimum level in season 2021? To be eligible for selection, a player must have played at least five games in season 2020, so there can be a reference point as far as those players who apply their talent the best at AFL level. It appears as if all the Suns’ key players have a clean bill of health. It was tough to leave out players like David Swallow, Sam Day and Izak Rankine, but the reality is good players are going to miss out, because there are only ten players to choose from (plus an honourable mention).
Because of concerns around COVID-19 and the desire to limit travel, each team will play a single match in their own state across a four-day period.
There will be no crowd at each match, but select media will be allowed to attend
AAMI Community Series Fixture/Results
|Thu Mar 4||Carlton v St Kilda||Marvel Stadium||7.10pm|
|Fri Mar 5||Collingwood v Richmond||Marvel Stadium||7.10pm|
|Sat Mar 6||Hawthorn v North Melbourne||University of Tasmania Stadium||1.10pm|
|Sat Mar 6||Fremantle v Adelaide||Fremantle Oval||4.10pm/1.10pm|
|Sat Mar 6||Geelong v Essendon||GMHBA Stadium||7.10pm|
|Sun Mar 7||Sydney v Gold Coast||GIANTS Stadium||1,10pm|
|Sun Mar 7||GWS Giants v Brisbane Lions||Manuka Oval||4.10pm|
|Sun Mar 7||West Coast v Port Adelaide||Leederville Oval||1.00pm/10.00am|
|Mon Mar 8||Western Bulldogs v Melbourne||Marvel Stadium||3.10pm/12.10pm|
How does the AAMI Community Series work?
The 'competitive' pre-season games - called the Marsh Community Series last year - usually see teams play two matches across two-to-three week period in front of crowds, with an emphasis on contests being scheduled in regional areas.
However, this season there will be only be one 'competitive' match - essentially a glorified practice game - with supporters leading into the start of the AFL season.
There is no official winner of the AFL pre-season competition with the governing body scrapping the knockout format after Brisbane won in 2013.
Supporters do keep an unofficial ladder of the series however, with GWS Giants topping it in 2020.
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