The AFL is pleased to announce Thursday night team announcements will return from Round 10 of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan said after working through fan feedback it was an easy decision to return to the traditional Thursday night slot.

"Thursday night teams is a tradition for fans, tipsters, Fantasy footy players and our league," Mr McLachlan said.

After working through the feedback from fans and other stakeholders over the last few weeks, we conducted some further research and the decision to return to the traditional timeslot was an easy one

- Gillon McLachlan

"Last year, we had to make some necessary changes to assist our clubs in getting through and part of that was moving the team announcements to combat the four or five day breaks we were faced with.

"After working through the feedback from fans and other stakeholders over the last few weeks, we conducted some further research and the decision to return to the traditional timeslot was an easy one."

AFL Clubs were advised of the return to Thursday night team announcements earlier today.

Team Announcements timings for the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season will be as follows:

Thursday games – final teams (18 players, 4 interchange players, 4 emergencies). Announced Wednesday, 6.20pm AEST

Friday and Saturday games – final teams (18 players, 4 interchange players, 4 emergencies). Announced Thursday, 6.20pm AEST

Sunday and Monday games – extended squads  (18 players, 8 emergencies). Announced Thursday, 6.20pm AEST

Sunday games – final teams (18 players, 4 interchange players, 4 emergencies). Announced Friday, 5.00pm AEST

Monday games – final teams (18 players, 4 interchange players, 4 emergencies). Announced Saturday, 4.30pm AEST

If games are to be played on Tuesday or Wednesday, final teams will be announced at 6:20pm AEST the day prior to the match.