Non-AFL playing players at the GIANTS and Swans will have the opportunity to push their cases in a series of practice matches to align with the first block of the fixture.
The AFL confirmed on Wednesday that from round two, clubs will be permitted to arrange match simulation sessions for non-selected players against other clubs in their respective state.
AFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking said these arrangements prioritise the health and wellbeing of players and staff and ensures everyone in the game continues to adhere to the current government guidelines and the advice of the relevant medical authorities.
“This arrangement ensures we continue to support the health, wellbeing and motivation of non-selected players and allows clubs with the ability to provide non-selected players with match practice to ensure they are game-ready if required,” Mr Hocking said.
“It also provides clubs with flexibility to determine individual requirements while maintaining the health protocols in place for our game.”
Clubs will use AFL-approved venues and where possible, will schedule their match simulation in line with the Toyota AFL Premiership Season Fixture.
Both the GIANTS and Swans are playing in Sydney next Sunday, June 14 with the GIANTS hosting North Melbourne at GIANTS Stadium at 1pm while the Swans take on Essendon at the SCG at 3:35pm.