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The AFL on Friday released rounds six and seven fixtures of the 2020 AFL season, with a  Geelong-Brisbane Thursday night match at the SCG to commence round six.


All nine matches of round six will be played in Sydney – at the SCG and Giants Stadium - and south-east Queensland – the Gabba and Metricon Stadium.

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In round seven, Perth's Optus Stadium will be used for two games - Geelong versus Collingwood on Thursday July 16, and a Fremantle-West Coast derby on the Sunday – and Adelaide Oval will resume hosting matches, with a Crows-St Kilda match on Monday night.


Twelve teams will be on the Gold Coast for round six matches – Fremantle, West Coast, Adelaide and Port Adelaide (who have already been based there for the past month), St Kilda, Essendon, North Melbourne, GWS, Richmond, Sydney, Carlton and Western Bulldogs. 

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Geelong, Brisbane, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Collingwood and Hawthorn will be in Sydney.

The AFL needed to get the 10 Victorian clubs out of that state due to a worrying spike in the COVID-19 infection rate, a situation which has seen other states either ban those clubs from entry or place the strictest of regulations around their entry.

There is a belief among the Victorian clubs that they will not be returning for at least a month, that rounds eight and nine, at a minimum, will be added to their time away from Melbourne.

The Geelong-Collingwood match in Perth will have up to 30,000 spectators in attendance, as the WA government has allowed for a 50 per cent crowd capacity of Optus Stadium on that date.

For the derby three days later, a full house will be in attendance.

ROUND SIX                                   

Thursday, July 9                                            

Geelong v Brisbane, SCG, 7.40pm AEST                                   

Friday, Jul 10                                     

Collingwood v Hawthorn, Giants Stadium, 7.50pm AEST                                   

Saturday, July 11                                           

Fremantle v St Kilda, Metricon Stadium, 12.35pm AEST                                  

West Coast v Adelaide, Gabba, 3.05pm AEST                               

Melbourne v Gold Coast, Giants Stadium, 6.05pm AEST                                   

Essendon v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST                                   

Sunday, July 12                                             

Port Adelaide v GWS, Metricon Stadium, 1.05pm AEST                                   

Richmond v Sydney, Gabba, 3.35pm AEST                                   

Carlton v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium, 6.45pm AEST 

ROUND SEVEN                                      

Thursday, July 16                                        

Geelong v Collingwood, Optus Stadium. 6.10pm AWST, 8.10 AEST                                  

Friday, July 17                                   

Essendon v Western Bulldogs, Metricon Stadium, 7.50pm AEST                                

Saturday, July 18                                           

GWS v Brisbane, Giants Stadium, 1.45pm AEST                                   

Sydney v Gold Coast, SCG, 4.35pm AEST                                   

Richmond v North Melbourne, Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm AEST                                   

Sunday, July 19                                         

Carlton v Port Adelaide, Gabba, 1.05pm AEST                                   

Hawthorn v Melbourne, Giants Stadium, 3.35pm AEST                                   

Fremantle v West Coast, Optus Stadium, 4.35pm AWST, 6.35pm AEST                                   

Monday, July 20                                            

Adelaide v St Kilda, Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST, 7.40pm AEST