After another rollercoaster year, the 2021 AFL Grand Final is almost here.
While Australia is presently in something of a *state* and we’re currently navigating COVID-19 outbreaks, lockdowns, widespread uncertainty and a messy vaccine rollout, we can confirm that the footy final is set to go ahead. So, y’know, at least we have that.
Here’s what you need to know to bring you up to speed on the 2021 AFL Grand Final.
When is the 2021 AFL Grand Final?
The 2021 Grand Final is slated for Saturday, September 25 in the traditional afternoon slot of 2.30 pm AEST.
Initially, the match was set to be played at Victoria’s MCG Stadium, however, it was confirmed on Tuesday, August 31 that this would not go ahead for 2021.
CEO Gillon McLachlan has shared the AFL Grand Final will be played at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday, September 25. The time of the game is yet to be revealed.
“As the pandemic continued to challenge us, we looked at all the possibilities around holding the 2021 Grand Final at the MCG,” McLachlan said in a statement.
“It has become clear as we continue to navigate through these challenges that it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the community to host a Grand Final at the MCG this year in front of a crowd.
“To all Victorians, we will be back at the MCG bigger and better in 2022.”
While Perth is the setting for the event presently, McLachlan shared that should WA be impacted by a lockdown before final day plans will be revisited.
“What we won’t do is play a Grand Final in front of no people, so we’ll work through that if it happens,” he said.
“We feel we’re in safe hands, but we know there’s a risk and if it happens we’ll deal with it.”
How can I watch it live, online and free?
Thankfully for all, the Grand Final is always exclusively shown on free-to-air television so everyone can tune in without paying a cent.
The grand final will be aired free on Channel Seven or 7Plus.
If you end up being busy that day (or forget) but still want to catch the big game, streaming service Kayo will have it available for re-runs. The sports streaming service also has a selection of AFL content available to watch free of cost on Kayo Freebies.
And for those Aussies who are currently abroad, there is the option of a WatchAFL Finals Pass. As described on the website, Watch AFL offers “LIVE streams and on-demand replays of the Australian Football League to fans around the world”.
A Finals Pass will give you access to every remaining match of the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership Season, including the Finals Series and Grand Final for $85.
This article has been updated with new information regarding the 2021 AFL Grand Final location changes.