AFL 2023: How to watch & where to buy tickets

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Image credit: Morne de Klerk / Stringer (AFL Rd 9 2021 – Port Adelaide v West Coast)

The 2023 AFL season has officially begun folks. And talk about a flying start! The first game of the year (on Thursday, the 16th of March) saw the Richmond Tigers tie with the Carlton Blues. But there’ll be more where that came from! 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch AFL in 2023 from home, plus where to buy tickets to the games:

Melbourne Cricket Ground  - AFL Rd 19 - Geelong v Richmond
Image source: Michael Willson/AFL Photos / Stringer (Melbourne Cricket Ground – AFL Rd 19 - Geelong v Richmond)

When does the 2023 AFL season start and end?

The 2023 AFL season started on Thursday, the 16th of March, with a draw between Richmond and Carlton. The AFL grand final is set to take place on Saturday, the 30th of September, 2023.

How to watch the AFL

Here are some of the different ways you can watch the AFL in 2023 (in Australia):

Kayo, Foxtel Now & Foxtel iQ:

You can tune into every AFL match (except for the grand final, which will be aired by the 7 Network) live and ad-free on Fox Footy via Kayo, Foxtel Now or Foxtel iQ.

Free-to-air TV:

If you want to watch the AFL on free-to-air TV – certain games within each round will be aired by the 7 Network on Channel 7, 7Plus and 7mate. Check the AFL schedule below to find out where to stream each match this season.

2023 AFL Schedule

Here’s what we know about the 2023 AFL season schedule so far (dates and times for rounds 16-23 should be confirmed around four to six weeks beforehand):

(Information correct at the time of writing. Game details and ticket pricing, and availability are subject to change).

2023 AFL Schedule

Round 1

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, March 16
Richmond vs. Carlton 7:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Geelong vs. Collingwood 7:40 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, March 18
North Melbourne vs. West Coast 1:45 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Port Adelaide vs. Brisbane 4:35 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs 7:25 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Gold Coast vs. Sydney 8:00 pm Metricon Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, Channel 7
Sunday, March 19
GWS vs. Adelaide 1:10 pm Giants Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7
Hawthorn vs. Essendon 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
St Kilda vs. Fremantle 4:40 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy

Round 2

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, March 23
Carlton vs. Geelong 7:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Friday, March 24
Brisbane vs. Melbourne 7:50 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, March 25
Collingwood vs. Port Adelaide 1:45 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Richmond vs. Adelaide 4:35 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
St Kilda vs. Western Bulldogs 7:25 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
North Melbourne vs. Fremantle 7:30 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Sunday, March 26
Sydney vs. Hawthorn 1:10 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, Channel 7
Essendon vs. Gold Coast 3:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
West Coast vs. GWS 6:20 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate

Round 3

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, March 30
Western Bulldogs vs. Brisbane 7:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Friday, March 31
Collingwood vs. Richmond 7:50 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, April 1
Hawthorn vs. North Melbourne 1:45 pm UTas Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
GWS vs. Carlton 4:35 pm Giants Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
St Kilda vs. Essendon 7:25 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide 7:30 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Sunday, April 2
Gold Coast vs. Geelong 2:10 pm Metricon Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Melbourne vs. Sydney 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Fremantle vs. West Coast 5:20 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy

Round 4

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, April 6
Brisbane vs. Collingwood 7:35 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Friday, April 7
North Melbourne vs. Carlton 4:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate, Channel 7
Saturday, April 8
Adelaide vs. Fremantle 1:45 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs 4:35 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
St Kilda vs. Gold Coast 7:30 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, Channel 7
Sydney vs. Port Adelaide 7:30 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7
Sunday, April 9
Essendon vs. GWS 2:10 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7
West Coast vs. Melbourne 5:20 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Monday, April 10
Geelong vs. Hawthorn 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate

Round 5

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, April 13
Adelaide vs. Carlton 7:40 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Friday, April 14
Fremantle vs. Gold Coast 5:10 pm Norwood Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Sydney vs. Richmond 8:10 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7
Saturday, April 15
North Melbourne vs. Brisbane 1:10 pm Adelaide Hills Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Essendon vs. Melbourne 4:10 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Port Adelaide vs. Western Bulldogs 7:50 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7, 7mate
Sunday, April 16
Geelong vs. West Coast 1:10 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Hawthorn vs. GWS 3:20 pm Norwood Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, 7mate
St Kilda vs. Collingwood 4:50 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy

Round 6

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, April 21
Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs 8:10 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, April 22
Port Adelaide vs. West Coast 1:45 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
GWS vs. Brisbane 4:35 pm Manuka Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Geelong vs. Sydney 7:25 pm GMHBA Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, Channel 7
Sunday, April 23
Hawthorn vs. Adelaide 1:10 pm UTAS Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Carlton vs. St Kilda 3:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Gold Coast vs. North Melbourne 4:40 pm Heritage Bank Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Monday, April 24
Melbourne vs. Richmond 7:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Tuesday, April 25
Collingwood vs. Essendon 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate

Round 7

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, April 28
St Kilda vs. Port Adelaide 7:50 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, April 29
Brisbane vs. Fremantle 1:45 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Sydney vs. GWS 2:10 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, Channel 7
Western Bulldogs vs. Hawthorn 4:35 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Melbourne vs. North Melbourne 7:25 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, 7mate
West Coast vs. Carlton 7:30 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Sunday, April 30
Essendon vs. Geelong 1:10 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Richmond vs. Gold Coast 3:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Adelaide vs. Collingwood 4:40 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy

Round 8

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, May 5
Carlton vs. Brisbane 7:50 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Saturday, May 6
Richmond vs. West Coast 1:45 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Geelong vs. Adelaide 2:10 pm GMHBA Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Gold Coast vs. Melbourne 4:35 pm Heritage Bank Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
GWS vs. Western Bulldogs 7:25 pm Manuka Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
Fremantle vs. Hawthorn 7:30 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3
Sunday, May 7
Port Adelaide vs. Essendon 1:10 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy
Collingwood vs. Sydney 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Sports 3, 7mate
North Melbourne vs. St Kilda 4:40 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy

Round 9

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, May 12
Richmond vs. Geelong 7:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel, Fox Footy, 7mate
West Coast vs. Gold Coast 8:40 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, May 13
Sydney vs. Fremantle 1:45 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel
North Melbourne vs. Port Adelaide 2:10 pm Blundstone Arena Kayo, Foxtel
Hawthorn vs. Melbourne 4:35 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Brisbane vs. Essendon 7:25 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel
Carlton vs. Western Bulldogs 7:30 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, May 14
Adelaide vs. St Kilda 1:10 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel
Collingwood vs. GWS 4:40 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel

Round 10

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, May 19
Port Adelaide vs. Melbourne 7:50 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, May 20
North Melbourne vs. Sydney 1:45 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Western Bulldogs vs. Adelaide 2:10 pm Mars Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Fremantle vs. Geelong 4:35 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Brisbane vs. Gold Coast 7:30 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel
Essendon vs. Richdmon 7:40 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, May 21
Hawthorn vs. West Coast 1:10 pm UTas Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Carlton vs. Collingwood 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
GWS vs. St Kilda 4:40 pm Giants Stadium Kayo, Foxtel

Round 11

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, May 26
Sydney vs. Carlton 7:50 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, May 27
St Kilda vs. Hawthorn 1:45 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Melbourne vs. Fremantle 2:10 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Geelong vs. GWS 4:35 pm GMHBA Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Gold Coast vs. Western Bulldogs 7:25 pm TIO Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
West Coast vs. Essendon 7:30 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, May 28
Richmond vs. Port Adelaide 1:10 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Collingwood vs. North Melbourne 3:20 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Adelaide vs. Brisbane 4:40 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel

Round 12

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Friday, June 2
Melbourne vs. Carlton 7:50 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, June 3
Port Adelaide vs. Hawthorn 1:45 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel
West Coast vs. Collingwood 4:35 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Western Bulldogs vs. Geelong 7:25 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Gold Coast vs. Adelaide 7:30 pm TIO Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, June 4
GWS vs. Richmond 1:10 pm Giants Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Essendon vs. North Melbourne 4:40 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Byes: Brisbane, Fremantle, St Kilda, Sydney

Round 13

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, June 8
Sydney vs. St Kilda 7:20 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel
Friday, June 9
Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide 7:50 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, June 10
Hawthorn vs. Brisbane 1:45 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Adelaide vs. West Coast 7:25 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel
Fremantle vs. Richmond 7:25 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, June 11
North Melbourne vs. GWS 3:20 pm Blundstone Arena Kayo, Foxtel
Carlton vs. Essendon 7:15 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Monday, June 12
Melbourne vs. Collingwood 3:20 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Byes: Geelong, Gold Coast

Round 14

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, June 15
Port Adelaide vs. Geelong 7:40 pm Adelaide Oval Kayo, Foxtel
Friday, June 16
Brisbane vs. Sydney 7:50 pm Gabba Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, June 17
GWS vs. Fremantle 4:35 pm Giants Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Richmond vs. St Kilda 7:25 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, June 18
Carlton vs. Gold Coast 1:10 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
North Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs 4:40 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Byes: Adelaide, Collingwood, Essendon, Hawthorn, Melbourne, West Coast

Round 15

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Thursday, June 22
Geelong vs. Melbourne 7:20 pm GMHBA Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Friday, June 23
St Kilda vs. Brisbane 7:50 pm Marvel Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Saturday, June 24
Sydney vs. West Coast 4:35 pm SCG Kayo, Foxtel
Fremantle vs. Essendon 7:25 pm Optus Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Sunday, June 25
Collingwood vs. Adelaide 1:10 pm MCG Kayo, Foxtel
Gold Coast vs. Hawthorn 4:40 pm Metricon Stadium Kayo, Foxtel
Byes: Carlton, GWS, North Melbourne, Port Adelaide, Richmond, Western Bulldogs

Round 16

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Adelaide vs. North Melbourne TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Brisbane vs. Richmond TBC Gabba TBC
Essendon vs. Port Adelaide TBC MCG TBC
Gold Coast vs. Collingwood TBC Metricon Stadium TBC
Hawthorn vs. Carlton TBC MCG TBC
Melbourne vs. GWS TBC TIO Stadium TBC
Sydney vs. Geelong TBC SCG TBC
West Coast vs. St Kilda TBC Optus Stadium TBC
Western Bulldogs vs. Fremantle TBC Marvel Stadium TBC

Round 17

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Brisbane vs. West Coast TBC Gabba TBC
Essendon vs. Adelaide TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Fremantle vs. Carlton TBC Optus Stadium TBC
Geelong vs. North Melbourne TBC GMHBA Stadium TBC
GWS vs. Hawthorn TBC Giants Stadium TBC
Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Richmond vs. Sydney TBC MCG TBC
St Kilda vs. Melbourne TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Western Bulldogs vs. Collingwood TBC Marvel Stadium TBC

Round 18

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Adelaide vs. GWS TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Carlton vs. Port Adelaide TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Collingwood vs. Fremantle TBC MCG TBC
Geelong vs. Essendon TBC GMHBA Stadium TBC
Gold Coast vs. St Kilda TBC Metricon Stadium TBC
Melbourne vs. Brisbane TBC MCG TBC
North Melbourne vs. Hawthorn TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Sydney vs. Western Bulldogs TBC SCG TBC
West Coast vs. Richmond TBC Optus Stadium TBC

Round 19

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Brisbane vs. Geelong TBC Gabba TBC
Carlton vs. West Coast TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Essendon vs. Western Bulldogs TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Fremantle vs. Sydney TBC Optus Stadium TBC
GWS vs. Gold Coast TBC Manuka Oval TBC
Melbourne vs. Adelaide TBC MCG TBC
Port Adelaide vs. Collingwood TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Richmond vs. Hawthorn TBC MCG TBC
St Kilda vs. North Melbourne TBC Marvel Stadium TBC

Round 20

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Adelaide vs. Port Adelaide TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Collingwood vs. Carlton TBC MCG TBC
Essendon vs. Sydney TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Geelong vs. Fremantle TBC GMHBA Stadium TBC
Gold Coast vs. Brisbane TBC Metricon Stadium TBC
Hawthorn vs. St Kilda TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Richmond vs. Melbourne TBC MCG TBC
West Coast vs. North Melbourne TBC Optus Stadium TBC
Western Bulldogs vs. GWS TBC Mars Stadium TBC

Round 21

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Adelaide vs. Gold Coast TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Essendon vs. West Coast TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Fremantle vs. Brisbane TBC Optus Stadium TBC
Geelong vs. Port Adelaide TBC GMHBA Stadium TBC
GWS vs. Sydney TBC Giants Stadium TBC
Hawthorn vs. Collingwood TBC MCG TBC
North Melbourne vs. Melbourne TBC Blundstone Arena TBC
St Kilda vs. Carlton TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Western Bulldogs vs. Richmond TBC Marvel Stadium TBC

Round 22

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Carlton vs. Melbourne TBC MCG TBC
Brisbane vs. Adelaide TBC Gabba TBC
Collingwood vs. Geelong TBC MCG TBC
Hawthorn vs. Western Bulldogs TBC UTas Stadium TBC
North Melbourne vs. Essendon TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Port Adelaide vs. GWS TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
St Kilda vs. Richmond TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Sydney vs. Gold Coast TBC SCG TBC
West Coast vs. Fremantle TBC Optus Stadium TBC

Round 23

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Adelaide vs. Sydney TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Collingwood vs. Brisbane TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Fremantle vs. Port Adelaide TBC Optus Stadium TBC
Gold Coast vs. Carlton TBC Metricon Stadium TBC
GWS vs. Essendon TBC Giants Stadium TBC
Melbourne vs. Hawthorn TBC MCG TBC
Richmond vs. North Melbourne TBC MCG TBC
St Kilda vs. Geelong TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Western Bulldogs vs. West Coast TBC Marvel Stadium TBC

Round 24

Fixture

Time

Venue

TV

Brisbane vs. St Kilda TBC Gabba TBC
Carlton vs. GWS TBC Marvel Stadium TBC
Essendon vs. Collingwood TBC MCG TBC
Geelong vs. Western Bulldogs TBC GMHBA Stadium TBC
Hawthorn vs. Fremantle TBC MCG TBC
North Melbourne vs. Gold Coast TBC Blundstone Arena TBC
Port Adelaide vs. Richmond TBC Adelaide Oval TBC
Sydney vs. Melbourne TBC SCG TBC
West Coast vs. Adelaide TBC Optus Stadium TBC

Where to buy AFL tickets in 2023

It depends on where the match is! For games at the MCG, SCG, and Adelaide Oval, you can buy tickets via Ticketek.

You’ll need to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster for games at Marvel Stadium, GIANTS Stadium, GMHBA Stadium and Optus Stadium.

Key AFL dates to plan for

Here are some key dates to plan for this AFL season:

(Information correct at the time of writing. Game details and ticket pricing, and availability are subject to change).

The AFL Grand Final:

  • When: Saturday, the 30th of September 2023 
  • Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Yarra Park, Melbourne, VIC

Of all the games to go out and see in person, it’s the AFL Grand Final.

This year, the AFL Grand Final is expected to take place at Melbourne Cricket Ground, VIC, on either the 29th or the 30th of September, 2023.

AFL Grand Final accommodation options:

Heading down to Melbourne to watch the 2023 AFL Grand Final? Here are some handy sites offering deals on accommodation, flights, car hire and more:

Streaming the AFL in High Definition (HD)

For a crisper online viewing experience, you might want to stream the AFL in High Definition (HD). But before you do, do a quick check-in with your internet plan to ensure it can handle HD streaming so you don’t wind up wiping your data allowance.

If your internet hasn’t quite got what it takes, check out our broadband plan comparison table to see other options. Then, consider making the switch should you find a better deal.

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