The AFL is understood to be keen on having all Victorian sides face a fellow state rival to open the 2022 season.
Following a year that once again saw Victorian fans restricted and unable to attend a large number of games last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league is hopeful of having all Victorian-based fans able to attend their respective side's first game of the new season.
According to The Age's Peter Ryan, all 10 Victorian clubs could face off with a local rival in Round 1 next year to feed the appetite of starved fans in the AFL-centric state.
Reports have already emerged suggesting the league could open the 2022 season on a Wednesday night, with a grand final rematch between the Demons and Bulldogs kicking off the new campaign.
That fixture would allow the league greater flexibility in its plot to have all Victorian sides play in their home state, with all five Victorian rivalries being spanned across five days.
The league could then look to spread the remaining three matches across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the MCG, Marvel Stadium and Geelong's GMHBA Stadium all on offer.
To further entice fans, the AFL could look to pit Hawthorn and Collingwood against each other to open the new reigns under rookie coaches Sam Mitchell and Craig McRae, who both worked alongside one another under Alastair Clarkson this year.
The Cats and Bombers could clash should the AFL look to place the two 2021 finals sides against each other, leaving North Melbourne and St Kilda to likely face off at Marvel Stadium.
The AFL is set to announce the 2022 fixture next week, while the AFLW fixture was released on Thursday.