The 2022 AFL draft will again be held over two nights, but will be held in November this year to allow the AFLW to focus on seven grand finals.
The AFL sent a memo to clubs on Monday confirming the 2022 mark, trade period and draft dates.
The AFLW Grand Final will take place on the weekend of November 25-27 before the National Draft takes place.
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Round 1 of the draft is set for Monday November 28, with the remaining selections taking place on Tuesday November 29. The pre-draft and rookie drafts will be held online from 3pm (AEST) the following day. Wednesday November 30th.
The AFL transfer window begins on Friday September 30 – six days after the AFL Grand Final – when the free agency window opens. The trade period begins on Monday, October 3, with players up for grabs.
The free agency period lasts one week, with no offers being made as of 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. However, clubs with offers have until Monday, Oct. 10 to match the auction.
As in previous seasons, the trade deadline will be on Wednesday night (October 12, 7.30pm).
After a relatively quiet 2021 business period, clubs are gearing up for more activity this season.
Free agents Dan McStay (Brisbane) and Carl Ammon (Port Adelaide) are set to move clubs, Melbourne Rising Star winger Luke Jackson is considering a trade to Fremantle, and the Giants face the prospect of losing a number of players – including Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto. – Ample intrigue surrounds Collingwood duo Jordan de Goey (free agent) and Brodie Grundy (contract).
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Clubs can sign waived free agents in various windows in early November, with draft picks exchanged after the trade period until Tuesday, November 15. Picks can be traded again on both draft nights.
Sandringham Dragons midfielder Will Ashcroft is the early Pick 1 favourite. The ball magnet is linked to the father-son rule with Brisbane, which means that if the 1st club selected in the draft is the Ashcroft Lions, even if he has the right to bid – he must still nominate the Lions as his preferred destination.
Oakley Chargers duo George Wardlaw and Elias Tsatas, Geelong Falcons co-captain Jay Clarke and dynamic Dragons forward Harry Shizel are also highly rated by recruiters.
Key dates for the 2022 AFL mark and trade period (always AEST/AEDT) …
Friday 30 September at 9.00 am
The AFL has a restricted free agency and an unrestricted free agency period
Monday 03 October at 9.00 am
Continental Tires AFL trade period has begun – players and selections
Friday 07 October at 5.00 p.m
Close the AFL’s restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period.
Monday October 10
NAB AFL draft nominations open (9am)
AFL’s restricted free agency transfer offer expires in 3 days (5pm)
Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m
Continental Tires AFL trade period closes – players and selections
Thursday 03 November at 9.00 am
The AFL begins a canceled player’s free agency period (1).
Wednesday November 09 at 5:00 p.m
The AFL terminates a player’s free agency period (1).
Friday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m
The AFL begins a canceled player’s free agency period (2).
Tuesday, November 15 at 5:00 p.m
The AFL closes a canceled player’s free agency period (2).
Continental Tires AFL closes trade period – selections only
Monday November 21 at 3:00 p.m
NAB AFL draft nominations close.
Monday, November 28 at 7:10 p.m
2022 NAB AFL Draft Round One (Venue TBC)
Father/Son, Academy and NGA and Player Auctions open.
Tuesday, November 29
Continental Tires AFL Trading Hours – Selections Only (5.45pm to 6.30pm)
2022 NAB AFL National Draft Round Two (7pm)
Opening time (10pm) for starters
AFL Canceled Player Free Agency Period (3) Begins (10pm)
The start update time (11pm) closes
AFL canceled player free agency period (3) closes (11pm)
Wednesday, November 30
NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft (3pm, online)
NAB AFL Rookie Draft (3.20pm, online)
Thursday 01 December at 4.00 p.m
Final AFL Club List Lodgement