The AFL will cut its season from 23 rounds to 17 as the fallout from the coronavirus continues to cause carnage in Australian sport.

All 18 teams will play each other once, with the first four rounds of games to run as scheduled before a new draw is created for the rest of the campaign.

A decision on whether the season starts as planned at the MCG on Thursday night will be delayed until Tuesday, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan announced on Monday.

“This unprecedented situation requires an unprecedented response. Football will find a way through,” McLachlan told reporters.

“What we do know is we will get a season away. We don’t have all the answers at the moment.”

State leagues, including the VFL, SANFL, WAFL and NEAFL, have been postponed until May 31.

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