AFL England Return to Play Update

Dear AFL England community,

Following extensive consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, AFL England has received approval for the Australian rules football Return to Play (RTP) guidelines.

We thank all our clubs and members for their patience during this process.

Under the RTP guidelines, AFL England can confirm that Australian rules football will move to Stage 6 from Monday, June 14.

The Australian rules football RTP roadmap is as follows. Please note: These dates are reliant on the wider UK lockdown reopening proceeding as scheduled. Supporting guidelines will be available prior to each stage via the AFL England website.

AFL England Return to Play Roadmap

In order to assist with Return to Play, we are encouraging players to familiarise themselves with the following documents:

As the game resumes across England, I look forward to seeing clubs acting safely and sensibly, adhering to the guidelines but most of all enjoying the return of Australian rules football.

If you have any questions about the Return to Play guidelines, please email

Will Shillibier
AFL England President

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