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Who plays who, schedule, bracket, dates, venues, times, TV, how it works, when is the Grand Final

After the last day of the season, we finally know the eight teams that will fight for the flag in September.

But with seven contenders trying to unseat Melbourne premiers, some have an easier road than others.

Check out the 2022 finals and how the AFL finals system will work below.

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AFL 2022 Finals – 1 week (all times AEST)

They will play from September 1-3

First Screening Final: (1) Geelong Cats v (4) Collingwood

MCG, date/time TBC

First Elimination Final: (5) Fremantle v (8) Western Bulldogs

Optus Stadium, date/time TBC

Second elimination final: (6) Brisbane Lions v (7) Richmond

Gabba, date/time TBC

Final of Secondary Screening: (2) Melbourne v (3) Sydney Swans

MCG, date/time TBC

AFL 2022 Finals – Week 2 (all times AEST)

They will play from September 9-10

First semi-final: (Geelong Cats v Collingwood Loser) v (Fremantle v Western Bulldogs Winner)

MCG, date/time TBC

Second semi-final: (Melbourne vs Sydney Swans Loser) v (Brisbane Lions vs Richmond Winner)

MCG/SCG, date/time TBC

AFL 2022 Finals – Week 3 (all times AEST)

They will play from September 16-17

First pre-screening: (Geelong Cats v Collingwood winner) v (Melbourne/Sydney Swans v Brisbane Lions/Richmond semi-final winner)

MCG, date/time TBC

Second First Last: (Melbourne v Sydney Swans winner) v (Geelong Cats/Collingwood v Fremantle/Western Bulldogs semi-final winner)

MCG/SCG, date/time TBC

All finals up to the Grand Final will be broadcast live and ad-free when played on Fox Footy and will also be streamed live on Keio Sports.

When is the AFL Grand Final?

The AFL finals kick off on Thursday September 1, after a pre-final bye, returning for 2022.

The 2022 AFL Grand Final is scheduled for Saturday September 24, returning to the MCG for the first time since 2019.

How the AFL finals system works

The winners of the two qualifiers advance to host the two preliminary finals, with two teams eliminated each week until the Grand Final.

The loser of the first qualifying final (Geelong v Collingwood) will host the winner of the first elimination final (Fremantle v Western Bulldogs) in the first semi-final.

The loser of the second qualifying final (Melbourne v Sydney) will host the winner of the second elimination final (Brisbane v Richmond) in the second semi-final.

The winner of the first qualifier (Geelong v Collingwood) will host the winner of the second semi-final (Melbourne/Sydney v Brisbane/Richmond) in the first qualifier.

The winner of the second qualifier (Melbourne v Sydney) will host the winner of the first semi-final (Geelong Cats/Collingwood v Fremantle/Western Bulldogs) in the second pre-final.

The winners of the two preliminary finals will meet in the 2022 AFL Grand Final.

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