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How to watch the 2022 AFL Grand Final in Melbourne

Here's everything you need to know about this year's Grand Final, including when and where to watch it

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier

For the first time in three years, the AFL Grand Final will take place right here in Melbourne. If you can't snag tickets, that's OK — there are heaps of ways to catch the game both at home and out and about. 

When and where is the AFL Grand Final? 

This year, the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans will face off at the MCG on Saturday, September 24. The game will begin at 2.30pm, with an expected finish time of just after 5PM. 

How can I watch the Grand Final from home?

Keen to tune in from the comfort of your own home? Channel Seven will be playing the game live on its free-to-air channel, and you can also catch it in 720p HD on 7plus. If you can't watch the game live, re-runs will be available on the streaming service Kayo. 

Don't have a good TV at home, or prefer the atmosphere of a pub? We've rounded up our favourite bars and pubs for watching the Grand Final — they all have big screens, reasonably priced food and a variety of beers on tap. Bonus: many of them will also be hosting bumping after-parties. 

Will there be an AFL Grand Final parade this year?

Yes! And for the first time in AFL history, the parade is heading to the Yarra River. The Footy Festival will kick off on September 21, with the parade taking place on Friday, September 23. A boat filled with your favourite AFL stars, mascots and the two competing teams will cruise along the water before docking just outside of the MCG. 

Who will be playing the pre-match and half-time shows?

The pre-game show is expected to start at 1PM, and the half-time show will start at around 4PM. This year, the headliners include UK pop heartthrob Robbie Wiliams and G Flip, and they will be joined by the likes of Goanna, Emma Donovan, William Barton, Christina Anu and Tasman Keith. 

Looking for more things to do? Check out our round-up of other fun events happening in Melbourne this week.

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