Gold Coast Suns' Brodie McLaughlin celebrating the 2023 VFL Grand Final win with friends and family (image source: Shazp, Instagram)

Planning is reportedly underway for a clash between the VFL and SANFL as part of next season's Gather Round in Adelaide.

The AFL has told VFL clubs that the games haven't been confirmed as of yet, but the draw for next season will be built around the Gather Round weekend, perĀ Code Sports.

This will see the April 6-7 weekend being set aside for state football, and no home-and-away matches will be scheduled during this time period.

If the match goes ahead, it has been revealed that only VFL-listed players from the 21 clubs will be eligible for selection to keep things fair and even.

The last time a VFL representative team played a game was in 2017 when the WAFL defeated them by 63 points. The team included players such as Sam Switkowski and Melbourne Demons premiership star Bayley Fritsch but missed many of the league's best players.

Ahead of the release of next season's VFL fixture, it is understood that the league officials are looking to implement a "more balanced fixture with equitable outcomes for the different categories of clubs within the competition".

This will reportedly see Werribee, Williamstown and Southport play each other twice and the other four VFL stand-alone clubs once. These stand-alone clubs, Port Melbourne, Frankston, Northern Bullants and Coburg, will play each other twice and the above three clubs once.

The VFL is set to begin on March 23-24 and end with the Grand Final on the weekend of the AFL preliminary finals.