With the AFL season kicking off in just over a month, all 18 clubs will finalise their season preparations and participate in the 2020 AFL Marsh Community Series.
The Marsh Community Series will act as the traditional pre-season fixtures for clubs to get their players fit, develop the youngsters, unearth new recruits and finalise their game plans for the upcoming season.
When and where is it?
The 2020 AFL Marsh Community Series will kick off on Thursday February 20 with St Kilda hosting traditional rivals Hawthorn in their return to traditional home Moorabbin, now known as RSEA Park. In 2020, the Marsh Community Series will live up to its name with all but one fixture being played at non-traditional venues.
What is the fixture?
Thursday February 20
St Kilda v Hawthorn: RSEA Park (Moorabbin), 7.10pm AEDT
Friday February 21
Western Bulldogs v North Melbourne: Marvel Stadium, 7.10pm AEDT
Saturday February 22
Melbourne v Adelaide: Casey Fields (Cranbourne), 4.40pm AEDT
Gold Coast v Geelong: Metricon Stadium, 6.40pm AEST
Sunday February 23
Brisbane v Port Adelaide: Moreton Bay Central Sports Complex, 3.10pm AEST
Friday February 28
West Coast v Essendon: Mineral Resources Park (Lathlain), 4.40pm AWST
Saturday February 29
GWS v Sydney: Blacktown International Sportspark, 4.10pm AEDT
Fremantle v Carlton: David Grays Arena (Mandurah), 4.10pm AWST
Sunday March 1
Richmond v Collingwood: Norm Minns Oval (Wangaratta), 4.10pm AEDT
Friday March 6
Adelaide v Gold Coast: Flinders University Stadium (Noarlunga), 4.20pm ACDT
Hawthorn v Melbourne: UTAS Stadium (Launceston), 7.40pm AEDT
Saturday March 7
Port Adelaide v Western Bulldogs: Bennett Oval (Whyalla), 3.40pm ACDT
West Coast v Fremantle: HBF Arena (Joondalup), 4.10pm WST
Sunday March 8
GWS v Richmond: Robertson Oval (Wagga Wagga), 12.40pm AEDT
Collingwood v St Kilda: Morwell Recreation Reserve, 3.50pm AEDT
Carlton v Brisbane: Ikon Park (Carlton), 6.40pm AEDT
Monday March 9
North Melbourne v Sydney: Kingston Twin Ovals (Hobart), 1.40pm AEDT
Geelong v Essendon: Central Reserve (Colac), 4.40pm AEDT
Who is playing?
All 18 AFL clubs will participate with teams set to be announced the day before their games. Every club has a different approach to picking its team – some name a near full-strength side, while others blood as many youngsters as possible.
What are the rules?
It will largely follow the same rules as a regular-season game with a few minor tweaks.
-Teams will have eight players on the bench
-Clubs are permitted to pick players from pre-season supplemental selection period (SSP) vying for a spot
-During the first two weeks of the competition, runners will be permitted to enter the field of play twice for a maximum of 90 seconds per quarter. This will be capped in the final round to three messages per quarter for 60 seconds.
How can I watch?
Sadly, no games will be on free to air with all 2020 AFL Marsh Community Series games will be broadcast live on Fox Footy, Kayo Sports as well as AFL Live Pass.
Are tickets still available?