Football fans, rejoice: the 2020 AFL season will continue.

The exciting news was confirmed this morning, with play scheduled to resume on Thursday 11 June. 

While the fixture remains unannounced for now, it is expected to be released in four-week blocks to allow for greater flexibility in the coming months.

Clubs have also been given the all clear to return to training on Monday, allowing players a three-and-a-half week training block to regain match fitness before games resume.

Clubs will initially train in maximum groups of eight, before resuming full contact training from Monday 25 May.

All players and required staff will be given strict protocols to follow to protect themselves, officials, staff and the wider public. These protocols will include regular COVID-19 tests and ongoing screening.

In a letter to Hawthorn members, President Jeff Kennett and CEO Justin Reeves say the news of a return to play is an exciting development, following a really difficult period for the club and broader community.

“This is undoubtedly the most excited to return to training that our players, coaches and staff have ever been,” the letter reads.

“With everything going on, the notion that there is still a premiership cup on the line seems somewhat forgotten. But rest assured it is certainly not a forgotten factor here at Hawthorn.”

Hawthorn will resume the season inside the top four, following an impressive 28-point win over the Lions in Round 1.