ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: A general view is seen during the round two AFL NAB Challenge Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Richmond Oval on February 16, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Complete guide to the 2016 NAB Challenge

With the NAB Challenge kicking off on Thursday night, check out the full fixture, plus what new rules the AFL will trial over the next four weeks.

Each team will play three practice matches over a four week period, with no winner declared after the completion of the NAB Challenge.

As we have become accustomed to, a goal kicked from outside the 50m arc will be rewarded with nine points or a ‘SuperGoal’ as it has become known. Players will be allowed longer breaks in between quarters, particularly due to the warm temperatures during the NAB Challenge.

The five metre protected area around a player who has taken a mark or been awarded a free kick will increase to 10 metres for the NAB Challenge.

There will be no time-off during the first 15 minutes of each quarter in the first three weeks of the NAB Challenge, making for shorter quarters. In the final week, regular time-on and time-off will apply to allow players to properly prepare for the home and away season.

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Clubs can have eight players on the bench during the opening three weeks of the competition and then six players on the bench during the final week, with a cap of 90 rotations.

Umpires will also enforce a stricter interpretation on dangerous tackles and deliberate out of bounds.


Thursday February 18

Hawthorn v Carlton at Aurora Stadium (7.10pm)

Friday February 19

Fremantle v Richmond at Rushton Park (7.10pm)

Saturday February 20

St Kilda v North Melbourne at Norm Minns Oval (2.05pm)

Sydney v Port Adelaide at Blacktown International Sports Park (4.40pm)

Sunday February 21

Adelaide v West Coast at Unley Oval (2.05pm)

Brisbane v Gold Coast at Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex (4.40pm)

Thursday February 25

GWS Giants v Western Bulldogs at StarTrack Oval (7.10pm)

Friday February 26

Geelong v Collingwood at Simonds Stadium (7.10pm)

Saturday February 27

Port Adelaide v Melbourne at Playford Alive Oval (2.05pm)

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Richmond v Hawthorn at Holm Park Recreation Reserve (4.40pm)

Sunday February 28

Carlton v Essendon at Ikon Park (2.05pm)

Fremantle v Adelaide at Sounness Park (4.40pm)

Thursday March 3

West Coast v Gold Coast at HBF Arena (7.10pm)

Friday March 4

Sydney v GWS Giants at Drummoyne Oval (7.10pm)

Saturday March 5

Essendon v Geelong at Deakin Reserve (2.05pm)

North Melbourne v Collingwood at Robertson Oval (4.40pm)

Sunday March 6

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne at Highgate Recreation Reserve (2.05pm)

Brisbane v St Kilda at Harrup Park Country Club (4.40pm)

Thursday March 10

Richmond v Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium (7.10pm)

Friday March 11

Carlton v Sydney at Etihad Stadium (5.50pm)

Gold Coast v Adelaide at Metricon Stadium (8.40pm)

Saturday March 12

Collingwood v Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium (1.10pm)

Fremantle v Geelong at Subiaco Oval (4.10pm)

Hawthorn v North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium (7.10pm)

Sunday March 13

Brisbane v GWS Giants at Metricon Stadium (1.10pm)

Melbourne v St Kilda at Etihad Stadium (4.10pm)

West Coast v Essendon at Subiaco Oval (7.10pm)