The AFL has released the 2021 Community Series pre-season fixture with 18 games scheduled across 18 different venues around Australia.
The three-week pre-season competition starts on February 18 when Grand Finalists Geelong host Essendon under lights at GMHBA Stadium.
All 18 clubs will play two games over three weeks before reigning premiers Richmond and Carlton open the 2021 premiership season on March 18.
“Our two objectives for the pre-season fixture are to give clubs the best opportunity to prepare ahead of the season and to take matches to supporters in local and regional communities,” AFL fixture boss Auld said in a statement.
“The AFL Community Series will see football played at local grounds right across the country and we are really looking forward to connecting the elite men’s game to regional and suburban footy grounds, allowing fans to be able to watch their teams in action in their own backyard.
Below is the full 2021 AFL Community Series fixture (All times AEDT):
2021 AFL Community Series fixture
Thursday February 18
Geelong Cats vs Essendon — GMHBA Stadium, 7.10pm
Friday February 19
West Coast Eagles vs St Kilda — Leederville Oval, 7.40pm
Saturday February 20
Collingwood vs Hawthorn — Morwell Recreation Reserve, 3.10pm
GWS Giants vs Sydney Swans — Blacktown International Sportspark, 6.10pm
Sunday February 21
Port Adelaide vs Carlton — Bennett Oval (Whyalla, SA), 5.10pm
Friday February 26
Fremantle vs Melbourne — Fremantle Oval, 7.10pm
Saturday February 27
Richmond vs Western Bulldogs — Lavington Sports Ground (Albury, NSW), 3.10pm
Gold Coast Suns vs Brisbane Lions — Metricon Stadium, 7.40pm
Sunday February 28
North Melbourne vs Adelaide — North Hobart Oval, 2.10pm
Wednesday March 3
Sydney Swans vs Collingwood — C.ex Coffs International Stadium, 7.10pm
Thursday March 4
St Kilda vs Geelong Cats — RSEA Park, 7.10pm
Friday March 5
GWS Giants vs Essendon — Manuka Oval, 7.40pm
Saturday March 6
Western Bulldogs vs Gold Coast Suns — Victoria University Whitten Oval, 1.40pm
Carlton vs Brisbane Lions — Ikon Park, 4.40pm
Hawthorn vs Port Adelaide — UTAS Stadium, 7.40pm
Sunday March 7
Adelaide Crows vs Richmond — Flinders University Stadium (Noarlunga), 1.10pm
Melbourne vs North Melbourne — Casey Fields, 4.10pm
West Coast Eagles vs Fremantle — David Grays Arena (Mandurah), 7.10pm