Geelong will face Sydney in the 2022 AFL Grand Final.
For the first time since 2017, both qualifier final winners won their home preliminary finals, with the Cats beating Brisbane and the Swans beating Collingwood.
And even though the Cats and Swans were the original VFL clubs dating back to 1897, this will be their first Grand Final meeting.
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Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s prime ministerial decider.
WHAT TIME DOES THE GRAND FINALE START?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final kicks off at 2.30pm ET on Saturday 24 September and will return to its traditional time after two night games in Brisbane and Perth respectively.
This is the first grand final at the MCG in Melbourne since 2019.
Victoria has a four-day weekend thanks to two public holidays leading up to the Grand Final weekend.
Australia-wide, Thursday 22 September is a public holiday for the day of national mourning for the death of Queen Elizabeth II, while Victoria has a public holiday for the Grand Final on Friday 23 September.
Pre-game entertainment is likely to begin between 1:00 PM and 1:30 PM ET, details to be confirmed.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE AFL GRAND FINAL?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final will be broadcast live on Seven and 7Plus (only on select platforms and only in up to 720p HD) and you can stream it on Kayo after the game.
The Grand Final can only be streamed on 7Plus TVs on Telstra TV, Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Fetch TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and 5, Android TV/Google TV and LG TV.
You can’t Chromecast or AirPlay 7Plus coverage of the AFL grand final.
Otherwise, you’ll need free-to-air channels or even a simple aerial connected to your TV’s coax input to watch it live on TV.
Fox Footy will have a massive lineup of live pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with full analysis from the best team in the business.
If you’re outside Australia, you can watch the Grand Final as well as Fox Footy broadcasts and TV shows on Watch AFL.
WHO IS PLAYING IN THE GRAND FINALS?
The Geelong Cats will face either the Sydney Swans in the 2022 AFL Grand Final on Saturday 24 September at 2.30pm ET.
The Cats are trying to win their first AFL premiership since 2011, having since lost the 2020 Grand Final.
The Swans are trying to win their first flag since 2012, having lost the 2014 and 2016 grand finals since then.
WHEN WILL THE GRAND FINALE END?
The 2022 AFL Grand Final will conclude approximately after 5:00pm Australian Standard Time (AEST), details to be announced at a later date.
CAN I GET AFL GRAND FINAL TICKETS?
General tickets for the Grand Final are not available unless you purchase an expensive package, with all tickets distributed by club, member and corporate.
WHO IS THE PREMIER’S CUP?
A club player will present the trophy to the winning coach and captain after the Grand Final.
For Geelong it will be premiership captain Cameron Ling. For Sydney it will be 1995 Brownlow winner Paul Kelly.
WHO ARE THE 2022 AFL GRAND FINALS ENTERTAINMENT?
British pop musician Robbie Williams will perform with Delta Goodrem ahead of the AFL Grand Final as pre-game entertainment.
Iconic Australian rock band Goanna, known for their hit song Solid Rock, will be joined by national acts Christine Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton for the halftime show.
Other acts include G Flip, Mike Brady, The Temper Trap featuring Bujeri and Ngayire and Cathy Noonan.
AFL Grand Final pre-game schedule
13:25 Welcome to Colin Hunter Jr.’s Uncle Country.
13:26 Grand final cortege with Toyota HiLux cars
13:33 Mike Brady
1.40pm Telstra Pre-match entertainment – Robbie Williams from Delta Goodrem
14:11 Introduction of the referee and delivery of the ball to Toyota
14:13-14:16 The teams enter
14:24 MS Hamish McLachlan – Country recognition
14:25 Presentation of the 2022 Premier League Cup by Bachar Huli, Premier League Cup Ambassador
14:26 National Anthem sung by Cathy Noonan
14:28 Coin toss
The 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final kicks off at 2.30pm
WHO IS RUNNING IN THE AFL GRAND FINAL SPRINT?
All 18 clubs will have a representative in the 100m sprint, which will be held before the Grand Final.
Saints’ Brad Hill and Magpies’ Isaac Quaynar will be among the favourites.
Adelaide Crows: Sam Berry
Brisbane Lions: Darcy Wilmot
Carlton: Matt Cottrell
Collingwood: Isaac Quainor
Essendon: Jake Kelly
Fremantle: Carl Warner
Geel cats: Shannon Neal
Gold Coast Suns: Mabior Chol
GWS Giants: Alleyer bow
hawthorn: James Blank
Melbourne: Cade Chandler
North Melbourne: Luke McDonald
Port Adelaide: Miles Bergman
Richmond: Hugo Ralph Smith
St Kilda: Brad Hill
Sydney Swans: Corey Warner
West Coast Eagles: Patrick Naish
Western Bulldogs: By Lytham Vandermeer
AFL GRAND FINAL WINNER, NORM SMITH MEDAL AND TOP SCORPER
Geelong is the $1.50 favorite to win the Grand Final, while Sydney is the $2.65 underdog. The line is 13.5 points.
Norm Smith Medal Odds
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) $7
Callum Mills (Sydney) $9
Jeremy Cameron (Geelong) $9
Luke Parker (Sydney) $11
Isaac Heaney (Sydney) $13
Tom Stewart (Geelong) $13
Cam Guthrie (Geelong) $15
Tom Hawkins (Geelong) $17
Chad Warner (Sydney) $19
Tom Pepley (Sydney) $21
Joel Selwood (Geelong) $23
Others are available for $26 and up
Grand Final Top Scorer Odds
Jeremy Cameron (Geelong) $9
Lance Franklin (Sydney) $9
Tom Hawkins (Geelong) $10
Isaac Heaney (Sydney) $11
Tom Pepley (Sydney) $11
Tyson Stengle (Geelong) $12
Gary Rohan (Geelong) $15
Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) $15
Will Hayward (Sydney) $15
Logan McDonald (Sydney) $15
Others are available from $23 and up
All odds via Pointsbet and correct as of 5pm Thursday
THE WEATHER AT THE AFL GRAND FINAL
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it will be 14 degrees and partly cloudy in Melbourne on Saturday 24 September.
There is a 30% chance of rain, most likely in the early morning.