MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: A general view is seen during the round one AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 21, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

COVID-19 ramifications have the potential to flow into the 2021 season, reports Caroline Wilson.

Victoria, who are currently facing Stage 4 lockdown restrictions, have lost the ability to hold large crowds in stadiums and have been forced into hubs to reduce interstate movement.

With COVID-19 issues still circulating, Wilson believes this could have an impact on next years season.

“[There’s a] very strong possibility that the season might not start until May or June if COVID-19 continues to dominate the landscape and we can’t get people back into footy stadiums in Melbourne.

“Queensland might be needed to be called upon again to provide a home for AFL football,” Wilson said on Channel Nine’s Footy Classified.

“The AFL have officially asked the Queensland government today whether hosts of players and club officials, even CEOs, can remain in Queensland.

“They don’t want to come back to Victoria when the season is over, they want special permission to stay up there for weeks, and maybe months,” Wilson said.