The 2021 AFL season will kick off when Richmond takes on Carlton on Thursday, March 18 and run untill Saturday, September 25, with every match shown on either free-to-air or pay television.
Where can you watch the AFL?
TV coverage will be split between Fox Sports and Seven who holds the free-to-air rights, including to every finals game.
Seven will show up to five live matches per week, with Foxtel broadcasting every game on either the Fox Footy (504) or Fox Sports 503 channels.
Every game except for the grand final, will be streamed on Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now.
Expected TV schedule
Friday night, 7:50 pm, Seven*, Fox Footy
Saturday afternoon, 1:45 pm, Seven*, Fox Footy
Saturday afternoon, 2:10 pm, Fox Sports 503
Saturday twilight, 4:35 pm, Fox Footy
Saturday night, 7:20 pm, Seven*, Fox Footy
Saturday night, 7:40 pm, Fox Sports 503
Sunday early, 1:10 pm, Fox Footy
Sunday afternoon, 3:20 pm, Seven*, Fox Sports 503
Sunday twilight, 4:40 pm, Fox Footy
* – Seven or 7mate depending on the state
Fox Footy schedule and the commentary team
Fox Footy will continue to offer a robust AFL schedule in 2021 and has also made some changes to its team.
Eddie Betts move into game day commentary on Fox Footy and Christian Petracca joins the AFL 360 team alongside Jack Riewoldt, Adam Treloar and Betts for players night.
Hosted by Garry Lyon, Sarah Jones, Kelli Underwood and Kath Loughnan Fox Footy’s weekend of live action begins before the first siren and continues until the locker rooms are empty on a Sunday.
Every coach will again join Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson and the AFL 360 team on Monday nights ahead of a huge week of big name guests.
On The Couch celebrates its twentieth year on air with original host Gerard Healy still at the helm. He is joined by Lyon, Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt.
Dermott Brereton will host new show Dermie Delivers – a weekly look back at two of the biggest stars and their best games.
The First Crack will beat everyone else to the finish line on Thursdays and Fridays after the game and on Sundays after Bounce. The revolving panel of Fox Footy experts will offer fans their first fix on all games and stories.
Anthony Hudson, David King and Brereton will begin the biggest day of footy with Saturday Countdown.
Saturday Stretch after Saturday Footy on Fox will round out the night for footy fans. Loughnan, Brad Johnson, Jordan Lewis and Tom Morris will provide the best wrap of the day.
Bounce host Jason Dunstall will wrangle the loose Andrew Gaze, Cameron Mooney, Sharni Norder and Bernie Vince as they make the whole family laugh on Sunday nights.
Fox Footy and Kayo will for the first time ever also offer game day Minis for all nine games. The shortened version of the match allows fans to catch up on all the action and highlights in less than 20 minutes.
Sevens AFL commentary team
The major change at the free-to-air channel is that Brian Taylor will step into McAvaney’s shoes as the lead caller on Friday nights.
Taylor will be joined by James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan and Luke Darcy as the network’s lead commentators.
Premiership winners Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Leigh Matthews, Tim Watson, Cameron Ling, Jimmy Bartel and Abbey Holmes will return alongside experts Daisy Pearce, Matthew Richardson and Jobe Watson.
Abbey Gelmi, Jacqui Felgate, Jude Bolton, Xavier Ellis, Mark Soderstrom, Jason Bennett, Nigel Carmody and Campbell Brown will also be on the team.
West Coast’s Nic Naitanui and Geelong captain Joel Selwood will also make special guest appearances in the commentary box throughout the season.