AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan today confirmed the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season will be temporarily suspended amidst the global COVID-19 crisis.
The 2020 NAB AFL Women's season has also been cancelled, with no premiership to be awarded.
Clubs were on Sunday afternoon informed of the decision reached by the AFL Commission. The scheduled Hawthorn-Brisbane and West Coast-Melbourne games will be completed to finish off round one.
After Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday morning announced the latest series of drastic measures to counter the coronavirus outbreak, including the banning of non-essential travel, and the endorsement of the states issuing their own border-shutdowns, many AFL clubs felt the season had to be stopped.
Some players were against the decision to actually start the year, a decision the AFL Commission only reached last Wednesday, 24 hours before the Richmond-Carlton season opener at the MCG.
All round one games were played in spectator-less stadiums.
In a phone hook-up of club officials, the AFL said no matches would be played before June, but it is known that that timeframe could be significantly pushed back.
There remains, though, a commitment to somehow play the remaining 144 matches of the 2020 season, which was last week reduced to a 17-game-per-team fixture.