GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Meghan McDonald of the Cats leads out her team during the round eight AFLW match between the Geelong Cats and the GWS Giants at GMHBA Stadium on March 20, 2021 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

The 2022 AFLW season is set to kick off on January 7 after being pushed back from its usual December start date due to COVID uncertainty.

With the same 14 teams as 2021 before the competition expands next season and record membership numbers, the ten-round competition is set to be one of the biggest yet.

Brisbane enter the 2022 season as the reigning premiers looking to go back-to-back, but will face fierce competition from the rest of the league.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Lions players celebrate after winning the 2021 AFLW Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on April 17, 2021 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

When does the AFLW season start?

The 2022 season officially begins on January 7, with St Kilda taking on Richmond at SkyBus Stadium in Frankston. The competition will run for ten rounds, concluding in the first week of March, with the grand final set to be held in late March or early April.

Full Round 1 fixture (All times AEDT): 

Friday January 7

St Kilda v Richmond, SkyBus Stadium, 7:15pm

Saturday January 8

North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos v Geelong Cats, Arden Street, 5:10pm

Western Bulldogs v Melbourne, Victoria University Whitten Oval, 7:00pm

Fremantle v Adelaide Crows, Fremantle Oval, 8:50pm

Sunday January 9

Carlton v Collingwood, Ikon Park, 4:10pm

Gold Coast SUNS v GWS GIANTS, Great Barrier Reef Arena, 6:10pm

West Coast Eagles v Brisbane Lions, Mineral Resources Park, 8:10pm

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Sarah Hosking of the Tigers, Katie Brennan (c) of the Tigers and Monique Conti of the Tigers run out during the round 9 AFLW match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval on March 26, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

How to watch AFLW:

All AFLW games throughout the season will be shown on Fox Footy, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Select games, including the grand final, will be broadcast free-to-air by Channel 7.

Additionally, all games will be live streamed through the official AFLW app and website.

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Where to buy AFLW tickets:

Tickets for Round 1 and 2 of the 2022 AFLW season are already on sale, found on Ticketmaster and Ticketek.

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, no tickets will be sold at the ground on match day. All patrons, including juniors with free entry, must redeem an online ticket prior to the match.