ALL AFL players have now been granted government approval for non-contact training in groups of 10 after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday followed other states in relaxing COVID-19 social restrictions.
From first thing Wednesday, footballers from the 10 Victorian teams will be permitted to train in that number.
The AFL initially on Monday was not planning to make any public announcements about rules pertaining to a competition legislated return to training, and playing.
It is possible the AFL will delay allowing clubs to officially return to training until uniformity across all states can be achieved.
The announcement by Premier Andrews was made while AFL commissioners were on a video hook-up meeting which is expected to run well into Monday afternoon.
Premier Andrews said in a media conference his government had worked closely with the AFL as it waded through the options available to it in its projects to ease the state of the coronavirus pandemic.
"We have agreed to a set of arrangements to allow training to resume just before midnight tomorrow night (Tuesday).
"That paves the way for the AFL and the other codes to make announcements."
The Victorian allowance for training in groups of 10 will stand for at least three weeks, when the next set of restriction plans could be unveiled.
The two Western Australian teams, the Eagles and Dockers, will almost certainly be forced to establish bases on the eastern seaboard, as WA is still subject to strict border controls which would prohibit the smooth scheduling of AFL matches.
Some WA and South Australia-based players are serving periods of state-ordered self-isolation, and would not be able to currently train in the groups of 10.
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