The AFL has advised all VFL and VFLW Clubs that this weekend’s scheduled matches will not proceed as planned as a result of the five-day lockdown announced by the Victorian State Government this afternoon.

The health and safety of the community remains the highest priority, and we acknowledge the role the VFL and VFLW plays in keeping our community safe.

Outdoor physical recreation and sport will be closed across Victoria during the five-day lockdown which commences from 11.59pm AEST Thursday July 15 and affects all VFL and VFLW matches scheduled for this weekend.

The community sport restrictions apply to the VFL and rebel VFLW competitions in Victoria.

The AFL has made the decision to fixture a VFL competition bye for all clubs this weekend to provide balance and equality in the remaining fixtured games.

VFL games, including the Northern Bullants’ clash with Southport, will not proceed in Queensland as scheduled.

The fixture will continue to be a week-by-week proposition and the AFL will continue to work with the Victorian Government and Health Officials on finding solutions for these competitions.

Any updates and advice will be communicated to members and supporters in a timely manner.

Please stay safe, Ants Family. We will be back out on the field again before we know it.