The fifth season of AFLW kicks-off this Thursday and FOX FOOTY has the best team in town bringing fans all the action of every game and final, LIVE and ad-break free during play.
The game’s traditional rivals, Carlton and Collingwood, will open the 2021 NAB AFLW season tomorrow night in a blockbuster from the Blues’ home-ground, Ikon Park from 7pm with FOX SPORTS’ Sarah Jones, Leigh Montagna and Kelli Underwood.
Collingwood star Chloe Molloy, Western Bulldogs Izzy Huntington and Ellie Blackburn and GWS Giant Alicia Eva will join Carlton coach Daniel Harford in front of the camera for this year’s FOX FOOTY expert commentary team.
The team will be bolstered by gun commentators Underwood, Anthony Hudson, Adam Papalia, Montagna and Ben Waterworth for the 2021 season.
FOX SPORTS’ Jones, Katherine Loughnan, Sarah Olle, Ben Dixon and Brad Johnson will be joined by Collingwood ruck Sharni Norder (née Layton),AFLW analyst Chyloe Kurdas, boundary rider Tania Armstrong and former AFLW player and player agent Alex Saundry.
ROUND ONE PROGRAM OF MATCHES
Thursday January 28
Carlton v Collingwood at Ikon Park
Friday January 29
St Kilda v Western Bulldogs at RSEA Park
Saturday January 30
Gold Coast SUNS v Melbourne at Metricon Stadium
West Coast Eagles v Adelaide Crows at Mineral Resources Park
Sunday January 31
Geelong Cats v North Melbourne at GMHBA Stadium
Richmond v Brisbane Lions at Swinburne Centre
Fremantle v GWS GIANTS at Fremantle Oval
Check guides for local broadcast times
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After failing to complete the 2020 finals series due to the pandemic, the 14 teams will play a nine-round season with no conferences, meaning they’ll all be listed on one ladder.
Adelaide will look to defend their 2019 premiership in a season that will start slightly earlier and will conclude with an eight-team, three-week finals series.
Season five of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition marks considerable progress for the women’s game, with many new additions to the fixture this year to boost community connection and engagement.
In a significant step towards being a more inclusive game, Round Two will host the first-ever AFLW Pride Round, championing diversity and ensuring the game is a place of welcome for everyone.
In Round Five, the community will welcome the Inaugural AFLW Indigenous Round, in celebration of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander players and their contribution to our game, those involved in the women’s competition, and Indigenous communities across the country.
The celebration of Indigenous culture has been acknowledged previously through specially designed AFLW guernseys, and the AFL is now looking forward to the increasing significance of this celebration across a dedicated round in 2021.
Round Nine will host the Toyota ‘Good For Footy’ Round which marks the first joint themed-round across both the men’s and women’s competition, focused on providing support for grassroots clubs around Australia.
The AFL has also introduced ticketing for AFLW matches, which not only showcases the commitment of fans through their support of the game but also allows crowds to attend in a COVID-safe environment. AFLW fans have embraced this with many matches in the opening round achieving record sellouts.