The AFL told club CEOs on Tuesday that they were still working with state governments to determine what restrictions would be in place, and as a result the fixture might be announced after the return to play date and protocols were announced.
South Australia and Western Australia have both refused to date to grant exemptions to AFL clubs allowing them to fly in and out of the state without quarantine.
But SA’s chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said more information was required before granting an exemption.
‘‘It is a very complex matter and we’re at a very, very critical point in our fight against COVID-19,’’ she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
‘‘What we will need from the AFL is details about when they are intending to start their matches, what their fixtures look like and the like.
‘‘We were sent some updated protocols last night and my intention today is to look at those.’’
While Port Adelaide remain optimistic, the two WA clubs were preparing for the possibility of moving into hubs to play a series of games until restrictions were eased.
Those two states are also yet to grant an exemptions to allow clubs based in South Australia and Western Australia to engage in full contact training.
Victorian clubs have permission to do so from Wednesday but the AFL has decreed that no club can start full contact training until every AFL club is allowed to do so under their respective state’s rules.
Clubs have begun testing their players and notifying coaches and other football department officials whether they will be part of the skeleton staff of 25 who will be allowed to be in contact with players when they return to training.
The Players’ Association is having a series of meetings with players on a club by club basis on Wednesday as they outline the return-to-play protocols that will be in place while each club will also nominate a COVID-19 compliance officer who will undergo training to implement and enforce the protocols at each club.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.