AFL weighing up prospect of big fixture switch

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The AFL could scrap the pre-finals bye week if it is able to continue playing games uninterrupted, with the grand final a chance to be brought forward by a week.

With COVID-19 outbreaks in multiple states throwing the game's fixture into chaos, the AFL grand final, currently scheduled for September 25, could be brought forward to September 18.

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If Melbourne's situation does not allow for crowds to be in attendance, the grand final will be moved interstate, with Perth currently the favourite.

"There is no firm word on this, but if I had to put my house on it right now, it's bye bye to the pre-finals bye," Eddie McGuire told Nine's Footy Classified.

"The AFL's thought at the moment is: let's keep rolling, if things open up let's keep going.

With the grand final just over a month away, the AFL is still uncertain just where the match will be played (Getty)

"If the grand final is in Victoria, they are now looking at bringing the grand final forward that week, so there will be no byes whatsoever.

"If the grand final goes interstate, then there could be a bye between the preliminary final and the grand final, which would allow everyone to relocate, do all the quarantining that's required."

McGuire added that a potential pre-grand final bye could allow for the Brownlow Medal to be a standalone weekend event for the AFL.

"From there that means that there could even be a Sunday Brownlow Medal so there's something on that weekend for the media and everybody to aim towards," he said.

"They would look at Adelaide [as a grand final venue] if Port Adelaide were there."

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