Tom Atkins is tackled by Jye Caldwell during the R18 match between Geelong and Essendon at GMHBA Stadium on July 15, 2023. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

FOOTY is back!

After a long summer, the AFL's best have returned to the field for club v club match simulations and will now take part in the AAMI Community Series this week to fine-tune their preparations for the season.


With the match sims all done, the 18 clubs will play official practice games between February 27 and March 3.

All games in the AAMI Community Series will be ticketed with free entry for members and kids.

All Community Series matches will also be broadcast live on Fox Footy, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

The 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership Season will begin on Thursday, March 7, with four games on March 7-9 as part of the new-look Opening Round.

Following Opening Round, all 18 clubs will play in Round One from Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17.

Match simulations (live on Foxtel and Kayo)

Sunday, February 18
Melbourne v Richmond, Casey Fields

Wednesday, February 21
North Melbourne v Collingwood, AIA Centre

Thursday, February 22
Sydney v Greater Western Sydney, Tramway Oval
Carlton v Geelong, Ikon Park
Brisbane v Gold Coast, Brighton Homes Arena

Friday, February 23
Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn, Whitten Oval
St Kilda v Essendon, RSEA Park
Port Adelaide v Adelaide, Alberton Oval

Saturday, February 24
West Coast v Fremantle, Mineral Resources Park

2024 AAMI Community Series fixture (live on Fox Footy & Kayo)

Tuesday, February 27
Collingwood v Richmond, Ikon Park, 6.40pm AEDT

Wednesday, February 28
Carlton v Melbourne, Ikon Park, 6.40pm AEDT

Thursday, February 29
Sydney v Brisbane, Blacktown International Sportspark, 7.10pm AEDT (start time delayed due to extreme heat)
Greater Western Sydney v Gold Coast, Manuka Oval, 7.10pm AEDT 

Friday, March 1
Geelong v Essendon, GMHBA Stadium, 5.10pm AEDT
Port Adelaide v Fremantle, Alberton Oval, 7.30pm ACDT

Saturday, March 2
Adelaide v West Coast, Hisense Stadium, 2.40pm ACDT
Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs, University of Tasmania Stadium, 6.10pm AEDT

Sunday, March 3
St Kilda v North Melbourne, RSEA Park, 2.10pm AEDT