AFLW 2020

The 2020 AFLW was cancelled on March 22, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with no premiership awarded 

2020 AFLW Season: COVID-19

*Update: The AFLW 2020 season is over with no premiership awarded due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

COVID-19 has disrupted the AFLW 2020 season with the virus declared a global pandemic just ahead of Round 6.

All remaining AFLW matches for the shortened 2020 season will be played in front of empty stadiums, the same as for the opening four rounds of the 2020 AFL season.

Originally there were to be eight rounds of the season, but the final two rounds were scratched to move forward the 2020 AFLW Finals.

The updated AFLW Finals draw commences on March 21, 2020 with the AFLW Grand Final to take place on the 4th or 5th of April so long as allowed.


The AFLW is Australia’s national Aussie Rules football league for women. The league is run by the AFL, and is now contested between 14 clubs spanning across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Founded in 2016, the inaugural season of AFLW began in 2017 with a total of eight teams. Despite its young history, the first match was held in 2013 between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs following an inquiry from the AFL Commission surrounding the state of grassroots football in Australia.

Since then, the AFLW has become a popular competition drawing fans in the thousands. The first premiership game was played on March 25, 2017 between Brisbane and the Western Bulldogs, drawing a crowd of over 15,000 people.

To date the most successful AFLW club is the Adelaide Crows who won back-to-back premierships in 2018 and 2019.

Likewise, AFLW remains a popular play for punters gearing up for the men’s AFL season, and with a further four expansion clubs announced for the 2020 season (Gold Coast, Richmond, St Kilda, West Coast), be sure to check out all of our AFL women’s season betting markets and previews below.

Aussie Rules history was made in the opening round of the 2020 AFLW season when GWS 1.3 (9) defeated the Gold Coast 1.2 (8) in the lowest combined score in AFL / VFL / AFLW history.

The 2020 AFLW season was disrupted and later cancelled on March 22, 2020 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

AFLW Premiership Betting

AFLW 2020 Cancelled

The AFLW 2020 season was cancelled on March 22, 2020 due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic with no Premiership awarded.

2020 AFLW Season

  • AFLW Season Number: 4
  • Number of AFLW Teams: 14
  • Reigning AFLW Premiers: Adelaide (2019)
  • Regular Season Rounds: 6 (cut from 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Starts: Friday February 7, 2020
  • Regular Season Cancelled: March 22, 2020 
  • No Premiership Awarded

The AFLW 2020 season was the fourth season of the professional Women’s AFL competition.

There was an expanded number of Women’s AFL teams in the league with 14 clubs divided into two conferences.

The 2020 AFLW season was originally made up of an eight round regular season held from Friday February 7 – Sunday March 29, 2020 after which the AFLW Finals take place.

There was a disruption to the season however with the COVID-19 pandemic seeing the regular season end after Round 6 and the AFLW Finals moved forward.

The season was then cancelled on March 22, 2020 as the pandemic worsened with no 2020 AFLW Premiership awarded.

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2020 AFLW Teams

The current AFLW teams are the:

  • Adelaide Crows (SA)
  • Brisbane Lions (QLD)
  • Carlton Blues (VIC)
  • Collingwood Magpies (VIC)
  • Fremantle Dockers (WA)
  • Geelong Cats (VIC)
  • Gold Coast Suns (QLD)
  • Great Western Sydney Giants (NSW)
  • Melbourne Demons (VIC)
  • North Melbourne Kangaroos (VIC)
  • Richmond Tigers (VIC)
  • St Kilda Saints (VIC)
  • West Coast Eagles (WA)
  • Western Bulldogs (VIC)

Following the 2020 AFLW clubs expansion the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and Tasmanian are the only states or territories not represented with an AFL Women’s team. That said, the North Melbourne Demons are in partnership with Tasmania to draft players from the state.

The 14 AFLW teams are divided into two conferences that face off over an eight-round home-and-away season.

The AFLW finals then plays out over three weeks featuring the top three teams from each progression during the knock-out stage.

The two conference leaders enjoy a bye in the opening week of the finals. The two Semi-Final knockouts see the Conference A 2nd placed team host the Conference B 3rd placed club (Semi Final 1), and the Conference B 2nd placed team host the Conference A 2nd placed club (Semi Final 2).

The second week of the AFLW finals (Preliminary Finals) sees the Conference A 1st placed team host the winner over the first Semi-Final, and the Conference B 1st placed team host the winner of the second Semi Final.

The AFL Women’s Grand Final then takes place between the two Preliminary Final winners.

Adelaide Crows

Four seasons into the AFLW and the Crows have established themselves as the powerhouse Women’s Aussie Rules team of the competition winning two out of the first three premierships (up until 2020). The Crows also share a rich talent pool with a mix of players from both South Australia and the Northern Territory.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: South Australia & Northern Territory
  • Home Stadium: Norwood Oval
  • Premierships: 2017, 2019

Brisbane Lions

The Lions have been a force to be reckoned with having played in two AFLW Grand Finals (up until 2020) but just haven’t been able to get over the line for that elusive premiership.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Brisbane, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: MBC Sports Complex
  • Premierships: 0

Carlton Blues

Runners up to the Adelaide Crows in the 2019 AFLW Grand Final, Carlton looks set to make a big impact in 2020 as they aim to go one better this season.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

Collingwood Magpies

The Pies had the honour of playing in the first ever AFLW match back in 2017 against arch-rival Carlton in front of 24,568 fans resulting in the gates being locked out at Princes Park.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Victoria Park
  • Premierships: 0

Fremantle Dockers

Freo was the first WA club to join the AFLW and now face the prospect of a Derby as cross-town rivals the West Coast Eagles join the competition in 2020.

  • Established: 2016
  • Home City: Perth, Western Australia
  • Home Stadium: Fremantle Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Geelong Cats

The Cats impressed in their first AFLW season making it to a Preliminary Final going down to the Crows.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Geelong, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Kardinia Park
  • Premierships: 0

Gold Coast Suns

Queensland has proven to be a rich breeding ground of female AFL talent and the addition and it will all be on show as the Suns join the AFLW in 2020.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Home Stadium: Metricon Stadium
  • Premierships: 0

Greater Western Sydney Giants

Along with an AFLW team, the GWS Giants are heavily invested in women’s sport with a team in the Super Netball competition.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home City: Sydney, New South Wales
  • Home Stadium: Bankstown ISP Oval
  • Premierships: 0

Melbourne Demons

The Dees have been oh-so-close but oh-so-far in trying to make it to the AFLW Grand Final in the first few seasons of the the competition.

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Casey Fields
  • Premierships: 0

North Melbourne Kangaroos

An Aussie Rules club known for innovation, North Melbourne will align with Tasmania for the AFLW creating a two-state team. The Roos have proven to be a force to be reckoned with just one season in.

  • Established: 2018
  • Home States: Victoria & Tasmania
  • Home Stadium(s): Multiple
  • Premierships: 0

Richmond Tigers

With their home of Punt Road Oval being considered too small to host matches, the Tigers will call Princes Park home for their inaugural AFLW season.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Princes Park
  • Premierships: 0

St Kilda Saints

Not only are Saints fans excited to have an AFLW team but it marks the return of St Kilda playing home games at their heartland Moorabbin

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Moorabbin
  • Premierships: 0

West Coast Eagles

The Eagles join the AFLW in 2020 ensuring that their epic rivalry with Fremantle is set to go to the next level with a Derby.

  • Established: 2020
  • Home City: Perth, WA
  • Home Stadium: Mineral Resources Park
  • Premierships: 0

Western Bulldogs

One of the pioneer clubs of the AFLW, the Western Bulldogs already have the 2018 premiership to their name and the Whitten Oval is packed with adoring fans every time they play at home

  • Established: 2013
  • Home City: Melbourne, Victoria
  • Home Stadium: Whitten Oval
  • Premierships: 2018

2020 AFLW Premiership Fixture / Results

Fixture

Venue

Time (AEST)

TV

Round 1

Friday, February 7, 2020
Richmond 2.2 (14) def. by Carlton (6.12 (48) Ikon Park 7:40pm Seven
Saturday, February 8, 2020
GWS Giants 1.3 (9) def. Gold Coast Suns 1.2 (8) Blacktown International Sportspark 1:10pm Fox
Melbourne 3.4 (22) def. Kangaroos 3.2 (20) Casey Fields 3:10pm Seven
Brisbane Lions 5.4 (34) def. Adelaide Crows 3.3 (21) Hickey Park 5:10pm Fox
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Collingwood 5.8 (38) def. West Coast Eagles 1.5 (11) Victoria Park 1:10pm Fox
St Kilda 2.2 (14) def. by Western Bulldogs 6.3 (39) RSEA Park 3:10pm Seven
Fremantle 6.8 (44) def. Geelong Cats 4.4 (28) Fremantle Oval 5:10pm Fox

Round 2

Friday, February 14, 2020
Western Bulldogs 2.0 (12) def. by Melbourne 4.8 (32) VU Whitten Oval 7:40pm Seven
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Kangaroos 6.1 (37) def. GWS Giants 2.7 (19) UTAS Stadium 3:10pm Fox
Gold Coast Suns 5.3 (33) def. Richmond 2.1 (22) Metricon Stadium 5:10pm Fox
West Coast Eagles 2.3 (15) def. by Fremantle 9.6 (60) Optus Stadium 7:10pm Seven
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Geelong Cats 3.2 (20) def. by Brisbane Lions 6.3 (39) GMHBA Stadium 1:10pm Fox
Carlton 3.6 (24) def. by Collingwood 6.3 (39) Ikon Park 3:10pm Seven
Adelaide Crows 6.4 (40) def. St Kilda 4.3 (27) Richmond Oval 5:10pm Fox

Round 3

Friday, February 21, 2020
St Kilda 3.1 (19) def. Melbourne 1.8 (14) RSEA Park 7:10pm Fox
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Western Bulldogs 4.6 (30) def. by Carlton 8.3 (51) VU Whitten Oval 3:10pm Seven
Gold Coast Suns 4.4 (28) drew with Brisbane Lions 4.4 (28) Metricon Stadium 5:10pm Fox
Fremantle 5.3 (33) def. Collingwood 4.6 (30) Fremantle Oval 7:10pm Seven
Sunday, February 23, 2020
GWS Giants 6.6 (42) def. West Coast Eagles 2.2 (14) Blacktown International Sportspark 1:10pm Fox
Richmond 2.8 (20) def. by Kangaroos 12.4 (76) Swinburne Centre 3:10pm Seven
Geelong Cats 6.2 (38) def. by Adelaide Crows 8.1 (49)  GMHBA Stadium 5:10pm Fox

Round 4

Friday, February 28, 2020
Collingwood 4.2 (26) def. by Melbourne 7.4 (46) Victoria Park 7:10pm Fox
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Richmond 7.3 (45) def. by Geelong Cats 10.7 (67) Queen Elizabeth Oval 3:10pm Seven
Kangaroos 6.11 (47) def. Gold Coast Suns 5.4 (34) Arden Street Oval 5:10pm Fox
West Coast Eagles 4.6 (30) def. Western Bulldogs 3.8 (26) Leederville Oval 7:10pm Seven
Sunday, March 1, 2020
Adelaide Crows 4.4 (28) def. by Carlton 5.6 (36) Richmond Oval 1:10pm Fox
St Kilda 3.5 (23) def. by Fremantle 3.6 (24) RSEA Park 3:10pm Seven
Brisbane Lions 7.9 (51) def. GWS Giants 3.5 (23) Hickey Park 5:10pm Fox

Round 5

Friday, March 6, 2020
Gold Coast Suns 2.6 (18) def. by Geelong Cats 5.8 (38) Great Barrier Reef Arena 7:10pm Fox
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Kangaroos 9.9 (63) def. Adelaide Crows 3.3 (21) North Hobart Oval 3:10pm Seven
GWS Giants 7.14 (56) def. Richmond 1.5 (11) Robertson Oval 5:10pm Fox
Carlton 8.2 (50) def. St Kilda 4.5 (29) Ikon Park 7:10pm Seven
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Collingwood 8.5 (53) def. Western Bulldogs 3.3 (21) Morwell Recreation Reserve 1:10pm Fox
Melbourne 10.6 (66) def. West Coast Eagles 1.1 (7) Casey Fields 3:10pm Seven
Fremantle 7.8 (50) def. Brisbane Lions 4.8 (32) Fremantle Oval 5:10pm Fox

Round 6

Friday, March 13, 2020
Geelong Cats 3.2 (20) def. by Kangaroos 10.6 (66) GMHBA Stadium 7:10pm Fox
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Brisbane Lions 2.2 (14) def. by Collingwood 5.13 (43) Hickey Park 3:10pm Seven
St Kilda 6.6 (42) def. Richmond 0.3 (3) RSEA Park 5:10pm Fox
Melbourne 3.6 (24) def. by Carlton 6.4 (40) TIO Traeger Park 7:40pm Seven
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Western Bulldogs 8.3 (51) def. by Fremantle 10.6 (66) VU Whitten Oval 1:10pm Fox
Adelaide Crows 3.3 (21) def. by GWS Giants 4.2 (26) Richmond Oval 3:10pm Seven
West Coast Eagles 1.2 (8) def. by Gold Coast Suns 5.3 (33) Mineral Resources Park 5:10pm Fox

* 2020 AFLW regular season cut by two rounds due to COVID-19

2020 AFLW Finals

According to the AFLW Website, the updated AFLW 2020 finals will work as follows to accommodate for the COVID-19 disruptions:

“The first-placed side in Conference A, North Melbourne, will play the fourth-placed side in Conference B, Collingwood, and vice versa with Fremantle (first in B) and Gold Coast (fourth in A).

The remaining two semi-finals are also cross-over matches, with GWS (second in A) taking on Melbourne (third in B) and Carlton (second in B) hosting Brisbane (third in A).”

SEMI FINALS Date (Time) Teams Venue
Saturday, March 21 (12:40 pm) North Melbourne 5.4 (34) def. Collingwood 5.2 (32) Ikon Park
Saturday, March 21 (2:40 pm) Greater Western Sydney 3.8 (26) def. by Melbourne 4.5 (29) Giants Stadium
Saturday, March 21 (1:40 pm) Fremantle 12.8 (80) def. Gold Coast 1.4 (10) Fremantle Oval
Sunday, March 22 (1:10 pm) Carlton 6.8 (44) def. Brisbane 2.3 (15) Ikon Park
*All remaining AFLW 2020 finals fixtures cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic with no premiership awarded

AFLW Premiers

Club Premierships Runners up
Adelaide 2 (2017), (2019) 0
Western Bulldogs 1 (2018) 0
Brisbane Lions 0 2
Melbourne 0 0
Collingwood 0 0
Carlton 0 1
Fremantle 0 0
GWS 0 0
North Melbourne 0 0
Geelong 0 0

AFLW Grand Final Results

Year Winner Runner Up Venue Score
2017 Adelaide Crows Brisbane Lions Metricon Stadium 4.11 (35) – 4.5 (29)
2018 Western Bulldogs Brisbane Lions Ikon Park 4.3 (27) – 3.3 (21)
2019 Adelaide Crows Carlton Blues Adelaide Oval 10.3 (63) – 2.6 (18)
2020 Cancelled