When is the AFL trade period and how does it work? Everything you need to know

Geelong’s premiership celebrations may only be warming up, but even though the 2022 season has only just drawn to a close, the AFL world continues to turn.

For 17 other clubs, the work to catch up to the Cats has already started and is about to step up a gear.

The annual trade period and draft offers clubs the opportunity to freshen up their lists, and players the chance to make a new start in their careers.

Here’s when the trade period officially begins, how it will all work and what to look out for this year.

When does the AFL trade period start?

The 2022 AFL trade period officially opens at 9:00am on Monday, October 3 and closes at 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 12.

Throughout those nine days, clubs are able to trade players and draft picks.


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