AFL season postponed
The AFL season will be postponed until at least May 31st this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was announced by CEO Gillon McLachlan on Sunday afternoon, after several states confirmed earlier in the day that borders would be closed as of Tuesday, including Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, rendering interstate travel impossible.
""Today after a meeting of the AFL Commission, the AFL has moved to immediately suspend the 2020 season at the conclusion of this weekend's matches." McLachlan said.
"All AFL club training will be suspended."
McLachlan also said the league would look to support all 18 clubs through times of financial hardship.
"The AFL industry is facing our biggest financial crisis in our history,"
"To say this is the most serious threat to our game in 100 years is an understatement. It is unprecedented in its impact."
"We all have a responsibility to our community and each other. We'll have to work collectively to overcome this crisis."
The AFL will attempt to play all remaining 144 games in the season from June onwards, with a decision on a resumption to be made by the end of April.
The final match of the round between West Coast and Melbourne at Optus Stadium will go ahead.
Non-essential activity was earlier shutdown by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, placing the remainder of the season in limbo.
Sadly the AFLW season will have no conclusion, with no premiership to be awarded and the season immediately cancelled.
Round one matches were played behind closed doors to limit the risk of players, coaches and support staff of contracting the COVID-19 pandemic.