The AFL has announced a cramped an controversial schedule for the 2014 pre-season competition.
All 18 AFL clubs will play 18 matches in 18 days as part of the revised NAB Challenge competition.
Matches will be played in every State and territory.
And as part of the schedule a western derby will be played at the renovated Arena Joondalup, although curiously the AFL lists this match as a regional fixture.
Matches will be played in all nine states and territories, including Blacktown (NSW), North Ballarat (Vic), Richmond Oval (SA), TIO Traegar Park, Alice Springs (NT), Townsville (Qld), Wagga (NSW) and Wangaratta (Vic).
After a comprehensive review of both the pre-season period and the premiership season by the AFL Commission during 2013, it was determined that the consensus view among clubs was that two competitive matches was the appropriate preparation for the regular season, resulting in a revised NAB Challenge format.
All clubs have a minimum six-day break between their games and every match has been scheduled either as a night game or late-afternoon match to avoid the peak heat in the late summer period.Fox Footy would exclusively cover all matches live.