2022 fixture: Lions start flag defence in WA, huge R1 locked in

REIGNING premier Brisbane will start its flag defence in the west, taking on West Coast in round one of the 2022 NAB AFL Women's season.

As previously revealed, round one will also feature huge clashes when Melbourne takes on the Western Bulldogs, Carlton hosts Collingwood and Adelaide travels to Fremantle Oval to take on the Dockers.

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St Kilda will host Richmond in the season-opener in Frankston on Friday, January 7, with the now-traditional Ikon Park venue unavailable due to redevelopment works.

The Western Derby between West Coast and Fremantle will be played in round eight, with the QClash between Brisbane and Gold Coast to be held in round three.

Fremantle's Gemma Houghton celebrates a goal against West Coast in round six, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

Indigenous Round will also be in round eight, following on from Pride Round in round three.

The AFL released the fixture for rounds one to nine of the 2022 season on Thursday.

The 2022 season marks the first time 10 home-and-away rounds will be played, however the AFL will release round 10 details in a special announcement in the coming days.

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When released, round nine and 10 will remain floating fixtures.

With border restrictions still in play between particular states, West Coast and Fremantle will play the first two rounds at home.

The Dockers will spend two weeks in Victoria in rounds three and four, before taking on North Melbourne in Tasmania ahead of a return to Perth to host Carlton in round six.

Carlton's Elise O'Dea in action against Fremantle in round seven, 2021. Picture: AFL Photos

The Eagles will play three games in Victoria between rounds four and six.

Given there are 14 teams and 10 rounds, the AFL has allocated a minimum of four and maximum of six games against top-seven sides, based on 2021 finishing positions.

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Ground refurbishments and clashes with cricket mean several venues are out of action for either all or part of the season, with new AFLW venues for 2022 including SkyBus Stadium in Frankston, Wilson Storage Trevor Barker Beach Oval in Sandringham, Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, Henson Park in Marrickville and Fankhauser Reserve in Labrador.

With round 10 yet to be announced, as it stands Melbourne recruit Tayla Harris will not take on former side Carlton, while Prespakis sisters Maddy and Georgie will also not face each other.

Carlton's Maddy Prespakis and Geelong's Georgie Prespakis. Picture: AFL Photos

Tickets will remain priced at $10 for adults, with children under 18 free.

"The season starts in just over a month and like many in the Australian community, we cannot wait for AFLW footy to return," AFL GM of women's football Nicole Livingstone said.

"We acknowledge the ongoing pandemic has been a challenging period for so many in our game and the wider community and we thank all players, clubs and supporters for their patience as we worked towards finalising the fixture for the 2022 NAB AFL Women’s Competition. It shapes up to be the best season yet with so much to look forward to from that opening round right through to the NAB AFLW Grand Final.

"We look forward to watching the young stars who are set to immediately impact the competition and, equally, the veterans who continue to lead the way.

"We are honoured to again celebrate a Pride Round across the competition in Round Three and we recognise the leadership of the Carlton and Western Bulldogs Football Clubs who paved the way with the first ever AFLW Pride Game in 2018.

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"The Toyota Good For Footy Round will be held during Round Six and is aimed at supporting local communities and growing the game at the grassroots level across the country.

"Indigenous Round, a truly significant round that provides further opportunity to continue to celebrate and learn from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players and staff in our game and amplify Indigenous women’s voices and stories, will be held across Round Eight.

"As we work towards an 18-team competition for 2023, the AFL acknowledges the role of every women’s football pioneer – player, coach, administrator and supporter – who worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for women to play Australian Football and whose commitment and passion has been a major factor in the growth of the AFLW competition since it commenced in 2017.

"We also thank the role of AFLW supporters who make every AFLW venue a truly safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment.  We want as many fans and families to return to football and so we have frozen ticket prices at $10 for Adults and free for kids under 18 – to ensure it is affordable for every single fan."