AFL 2020 season restart: Details of the new AFL season fixture have leaked tonight.

The AFL will relaunch season 2020 after just one round of play was suspended in March.

There are 16 rounds scheduled and a finals series and Grand Final slated for October 2020.

Under the new arrangement the AFL will schedule major teams with games on Thursday and Friday nights, two Saturday games one after the other, two Saturday night games that overlap, two Sunday day games and a post 6pm Sunday night game.

Round 2 will feature Collingwood and Richmond at the MCG Thursday night and Geelong and Hawthorn in Geelong Friday night.

AFL 2020 Round 2, starting Thursday June 11.

The first four weeks of the fixture includes regular triple-headers on Sunday with an early game leading straight into a mid-afternoon free-to-air clash and Sunday night game starting after 6pm.

With Thursday and Friday night football weekly, Saturdays will feature an early clash.

The first four weeks of that fixture also includes regular triple-headers on Sunday with an early game leading straight into a mid-afternoon free-to-air clash and Sunday night game starting after 6pm.

With Thursday and Friday night football weekly, Saturdays will feature an early clash, a strong twilight fixture then two Saturday night games.

The mouth-watering GWS-Western Bulldogs clash is set to be a prime time feature of the Round 4 fixture.

But the league’s determination to drip-feed the fixture in four week blocks will effectively hand it a floating fixture for the entire year that can see it hand-pick Thursday and Friday games only weeks ahead.

With no crowds at games at least in the early rounds, the league can schedule the two best games of the weekend in Thursday and Friday night slots.

AFL HQ will arrange a fixture in four week blocks, creating a floating fixture for the entire year that can see it hand-pick Thursday and Friday games only weeks ahead.

Smaller teams that perform well will see prime time event games, while big clubs will be rewarded to ensure TV rights holders maximise eyeballs in prime time slots.

The AFL is also working toward crowds returning, with the possible ability for socially distanced crowds in stadiums.

Reports said the MCG could host 30,000 people for a final or Grand Final.

More to come.

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Ryan is Contributing Editor