AFL Rd 8 - Sydney v Hawthorn
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Tom Papley of the Swans clashes with Tom Mitchell of the Hawks during the round 8 AFL match between Sydney and Hawthorn at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/AFL Photos/via Getty Images)

The AFL has confirmed key dates for some of the season's biggest matches, with the Showdown, Western Derby and an ANZAC Day double-header all locked in for 2022.

The league has also revealed a number of matches in the Northern Territory, Tasmania and one match to be held at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns.

The Showdown between Adelaide and Port Adelaide is set for Round 3, with the rivalry being staged under the Friday night lights for the first time in its history.

The Western Derby will take place the same weekend, likely concluding the third round of the year.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 02: Tim Kelly of the Eagles looks for the handless options during the 2021 AFL Round 07 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers at Optus Stadium on May 02, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

ANZAC Day is set to host a double-header, with the Hawks and Swans battling at UTAS Stadium, Launceston on April 25, likely preceding the traditional clash between the Bombers and Magpies at the MCG.

That match will wrap up Round 6, which will also see North Melbourne and Geelong feature in Hobart on the Sunday.

The Suns are set to play consecutive matches in Darwin against the Hawks and Kangaroos across Round 11 and 12, while the Demons will host the Power at Traeger Park in Round 18.

The AFL confirmed the Round 1 fixture for the 2022 season last week.


Friday, April 1
Adelaide v Port Adelaide, Adelaide Oval, 7.50pm ACDT
Sunday, April 3
West Coast v Fremantle, Optus Stadium, 4.20pm AWST

Friday, April 22
GWS Giants vs St Kilda, Manuka Oval, 7.50pm AEST
Saturday, April 23
Western Bulldogs v Adelaide, Mars Stadium, 1.45pm AEST
Sunday, April 24
North Melbourne v Geelong, Blundstone Arena, 1.10pm AEST
Gold Coast v Brisbane, Metricon Stadium, 4.10pm AEST
Monday, April 25
Hawthorn v Sydney, UTAS Stadium, 12.30pm AEST

Saturday, April 30
St Kilda vs Port Adelaide, Cazalys Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

Gold Coast v Hawthorn, TIO Stadium, weekend of May 27-29

Gold Coast v North Melbourne, TIO Stadium, weekend of June 3-5

Melbourne v Port Adelaide, TIO Traeger Park, weekend of July 15-17

North Melbourne v Hawthorn, Blundstone Arena, weekend of July 22-24