THE AFL is weighing up the possibility of housing all 18 clubs in one city to resume matches this season.
The League's general manager of clubs and broadcasting Travis Auld has given the strongest indication yet teams will be placed in quarantine hubs in order to return to playing amid the outbreak of coronavirus.
With a date set to be announced in coming weeks, Auld and the AFL executive continue to work through the best structure that includes the likelihood of between one to three hubs.
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"It feels like the only way we're going to get our season started," Auld told essendonfc.com.au on Wednesday.
"It may not be the way we complete our season, but it certainly feels like the way we need to get it started.
"A hub is a term for 'How do we put our players in an environment where we can, first prioritise their health and safety but also not be a burden on the community?'.
"We've got a few options in front of us. They range from one hub with 18 teams together playing out of 2-3 stadiums.
"Then there's an opportunity to have maybe up to three hubs with six teams in each hub located in different states playing out of traditional home and away venues."
It is understood the AFL is making plans with all states and territories over the possibility of housing a quarantine hub. The ultimate decision will rest on governments providing a tick of approval.
Western Australian premier Mark McGowan confirmed on Wednesday his government had held conversations with the AFL over the potential of hosting AFL clubs.
"Within the best health advice, if we can have teams based here, if we can have a competition based here, I think that would be great for morale across the community," McGowan said.
Every state and territory, excluding Victoria, New South Wales and ACT, currently require a 14-day self-isolation period upon entering.
The AFL briefed club chief executives further on Tuesday as to what quarantine hubs would mean for player health and safety.
It is hoped all players would be tested when entering hubs which would be dependent on the ability to acquire the appropriate number of test kits for players, officials and broadcast members.
The League has continued to speak about the current season shutdown being able to build "resilience" in club football departments which would potentially allow for games to continue regardless of whether that club had a member test positive for COVID-19.
Auld, who also oversees the team building the AFL fixture, said the reduced 17-game season would provide greater flexibility in a season where fans are not expected to be able to attend.
"We won't take a round-to-round or weekend-to-weekend approach. It may mean we play games five, six, seven days a week," Auld said.
"A lot of night games, a lot of midweek games. Shorter breaks because we reduced the length of games could allow us to play games off four-day breaks as long as we get the parameters right for the players."
AFL players are expected to be quizzed later this week or early next week on their stance on games resuming in quarantine hubs.