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AFL women's competition fixtures unveiled

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Michael Ramsey

Every game during the inaugural AFL women's competition will be televised live.

The AFL has revealed Carlton and Collingwood will kick off the season under lights at Melbourne's Olympic Park on Friday, February 3.

Fox Footy will show all 28 regular season games live, while the Seven Network will broadcast eight prime-time clashes - including the season opener and the March 25 grand final.

All but six games will be played as standalone contests at suburban grounds across the country, offering free entry for supporters.

The Western Bulldogs will host Melbourne at Whitten Oval on February 18 after the men's pre-season game, while five games will be played as curtain-raisers.

AFL game development manager Simon Lethlean said the broadcast deal represented a major win for the league and women's sport.

"I think you saw from the All-Star match last year that it's very watchable, as are the players," he said.

The grand final will be played during round one of the men's season, with the Saturday afternoon timeslot left vacant to avoid clashes.

The venue is yet to be determined, with the AFL still weighing up whether the top-ranked side should automatically host the decider.

But while the MCG will be available, Lethlean said the league was leaning towards a smaller venue.

"We'll do what's right for the look and feel of the match but also for the players and what's best for the game," he said.

Carlton's Madeline Keryk said it was a vote of confidence in the competition to have most games played at their own venues rather than alongside the men's clashes.

"I think it's a very good endorsement for the program and the teams," she said.

"It'll be really good if we can get some good numbers along to those games and support, especially playing at the community grounds."

Adelaide, Collingwood, Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs have each been given four home games, compared to three for the other teams.

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