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AFL TRADE, DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY DATES 2020



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Reckon we might be a lot more active than we may have imagined a few weeks back.

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October 30 to November 6
AFL Free Agency Period

November 4 – 12
AFL Trade Period

November 25
List Lodgment #1
Nomination of Draft Eligible Father/Son Players Lodged
Nomination of Draft Eligible Northern & NGA Academy Players Lodged

November 26
AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Commences

November 29
AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Closes 

November 30
List Lodgment #2
Out of Contract Listed AFL Primary List Players Draft Nomination Form and Player Request for Removal from List Form Lodged with AFL
Final date for Primary List delistings

December 1
AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Commences

December 2
AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Closes 

December 3
AFL Trade Period Closes – Selections Only
Delisted Primary List Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
Non–Retained Rookie Players Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
Final Draft Nomination Form Lodgement 
AFL Father-Son Bidding Nominations lodged with AFL

December 9 at 7pm AEDT
AFL National Draft

December 10 at 12 noon AEDT
AFL Pre-Season & Rookie Draft
Mid-December
Final List Lodgment & Total Player Payment estimates

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30 minutes ago, Pollyanna said:

Wonder when list sizes and salary cap are going to be announced - pretty crucial to the process ...

So bizarre. I can't see the AFL dramatically reducing list/cap sizes now. Not until next year. They must have given some sort indication to the clubs though. What's the hold-up? How are clubs supposed to deal with contracts and such without at least a guide? Feels like some sort of PR management exercise that I can't comprehend the motivation behind. 

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AFL Calendar

Free Agency Period: October 30 – November 6

Trade Period: November 4 – 12

AFLW Official return to the club: November 4

First List Lodgement: November 20

Second List Lodgement: November 27

2020 National Draft:

December 9

Pre Season and Rookie Drafts:  

December 10

DRAFT One night only: Draft set to revert to shorter format

First-to-four-year players return to training: December 7 – 18

Final List Lodgement: TBC – expected mid-December

Main group returns to training: January 6

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6 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

And of course the big unknown...

Adjusted list sizes and salary cap ... Announcement Date Unknown

Plus what the hell is happening re reserves

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3 minutes ago, Pollyanna said:

What time on Thursday does the Trade period end? 2pm?

In the past they’ve turned off the fax machines at 2.00pm but who knows in 2020? 

The clubs still don’t know about list sizes and the salary cap limit going forward which is a bit of a surprise given that the (usually) loudest club Collingwood has the most at stake in that decision.

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51 minutes ago, Whispering_Jack said:

I’ve now been told that it’s 7.30pm on Thursday.

I bet the blockbuster trades magically don't happen until Thursday's primtetime ratings... 

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The AFL will today unveil a December 9 national draft that will see AFL club recruiters remaining in their respective states and every national draft pick selected on a single night.

But the league will make the event a two-day extravaganza by holding the pre-season and rookie drafts the following morning.

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There seems to be an update:

Key dates for the 2020 NAB AFL Draft Period

Wednesday 25 November
•    List Lodgement 1
•    Nomination of Draft Eligible Father/Son Players Lodged
•    Nomination of Draft Eligible Northern & NGA Academy Players Lodged

Thursday 26 November 
•    AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Commences

Sunday 29 November
•    AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (1) Closes 

Monday 30 November
•    List Lodgement 2
•    Out of Contract Listed AFL Primary List Players Draft Nomination Form and Player Request for Removal from List Form Lodged with AFL
•    Final date for Primary List delistings

Tuesday 1 December
•    AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Commences

Wednesday 2 December
•    AFL Delisted Player Free Agency Period (2) Closes 

Thursday 3 December
•    AFL Trade Period Closes – Selections Only
•    Delisted Primary List Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
•    Non–Retained Rookie Players Draft Nomination Form Lodgement
•    Final Draft Nomination Form Lodgement 
•    AFL Father-Son Bidding Nominations lodged with AFL

Wednesday December 9 at 7pm AEDT
•    NAB AFL Draft

Thursday December 10 at 12pm AEDT
•    NAB AFL Pre-Season & Rookie Draft

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