AFL UMPIRES are prepared to spend 14 days self-isolating in Adelaide in order to officiate a round two Showdown.

With no senior-listed AFL field umpires currently based in South Australia, umpires from interstate would be required should a clash between Adelaide and Port Adelaide be scheduled for the season restart.

The release of the fixture for rounds 2-5 is expected to come on Monday.

On Friday afternoon the AFL was still exploring the possibility of staging a round two Showdown and the associated implications due to border laws.

Under current state laws, any umpires flying into Adelaide would need to self-isolate for 14 days under state laws before the match.

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It is understood several umpires offered their services for a period of self-isolation when a competition-wide hub was initially raised last month and would be willing to do the same for a match at the Adelaide Oval in round two.

It comes as broadcast officials have received clearance to avoid self-isolation by the SA government.

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"I think we're getting closer and closer to a local Showdown in South Australia," SA premier Steven Marshall told media on Friday afternoon.

"The AFL have put something to us to bring in umpires but also some technical equipment operators to do with the broadcast.

"We've gone back to them and said, 'Look, if you're going to bring in your umpires, you can bring them in but they'll need to do the two weeks of self-isolation'.

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"With regards to the technical operators for the broadcast, we will be providing them with an exemption under strict conditions.

"The ball is in the court of the AFL so they'll be making a decision."

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It is understood each state that stages AFL matches is self-sufficient with boundary and goal umpires.

Both the Crows and Power were this week granted an exemption for full-contact training from May 25, avoiding the need to enter a Gold Coast hub immediately.

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Mr Marshall then endorsed a round two Showdown between the two clubs which would ensure they spent one week less in Queensland for the season resumption.

Should a round two Showdown eventuate, the Crows and Power would then be expected to head to Queensland in the early parts of the season because any teams flying into Adelaide for a match would fall under the same border laws.