The AFL's response to coronavirus crisis

Oliver Caffrey

HOW THE AFL IS DEALING WITH THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS, AS OF MARCH 16

* Reduced the number of rounds

All 18 clubs will play each other once with the AFL cutting the number of rounds from 23 to 17. The first four rounds of games will run as scheduled before a new draw is created. A decision on round one starting on Thursday night behind closed doors will be made on Tuesday.

* What if an AFL player tests positive for coronavirus?

The AFL will shutdown the competition for at least 14 days, possibly longer. Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is expected to get results back on Tuesday after being tested for COVID-19.

* Taking as much time as possible

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has floated a grand final being held as late as December, saying there is "40 weeks to get a 17-week season away". It could mean a decider not being at the MCG, with the men's Twenty20 cricket World Cup due to begin at major grounds around Australia on October 18.

* State leagues postponed

The VFL, SANFL, WAFL, NEAFL and TSL - as well as their associated women's competitions - have been postponed until at least May 31.