Live Trading during the Draft... it's here

The Trade Period deadline has moved to prime time and the NAB AFL Draft will become a two-day event under major changes designed to turn player movement in an extravaganza.

The trade deadline has been scheduled for 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 17, making the trade period itself slightly shorter.

And in a huge change to the draft format, live trading of picks will be available to clubs for the very first time.

The draft returns to Victoria for the first time since 2009, with the televised event being held on November 22 and 23.

The League has written to clubs confirming the live trading “will be introduced to provide clubs with more flexibility when making player selections and managing their lists.”

Live trading will also mean there will be an additional window after the conclusion of the NAB AFL Trade Period for trading of selections only in the lead up to draft night.

** All times are AEDT*

When does the 2018 NAB AFL free agency and trade period start and finish?

Friday, 5 October: Restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period starts.
Monday, 8 October 10am: NAB AFL Trade Period starts.
Friday, 12 October 5pm: Close of restricted free agency offer and unrestricted free agency period.
Monday, 15 October 2pm: AFL restricted free agency matching offer three-day period ends.
Wednesday, 17 October 8.30pm: NAB AFL Trade Period closes (for exchange of players).
Friday, 16 November 2pm: NAB AFL Trade Period closes (for exchange of selections only).

When is the 2018 NAB AFL Draft Combine?

Tuesday, 2 October – Friday 5 October: AFL Draft Combine.
Friday, 5 October: Victoria / NEAFL / Tasmania State Draft Combine.
Saturday, 13 October: South Australian Draft Combine.
Sunday, 14 October: West Australian Draft Combine.

When are the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and Rookie Drafts?

Thursday, 22 November 7pm – 9.30pm: NAB AFL Draft (Round One).
Friday, 23 November 10am – 1.30pm: NAB AFL Draft (Round Two onwards to conclusion).
Friday, 23 November 5pm: NAB AFL Pre-Season Draft and NAB AFL Rookie Draft.

How else can players switch clubs?

Delisted players become free agents and can join new clubs during any of the three NAB AFL delisted player free agency windows. Once clubs have delisted a player, they will receive no compensation should that player be signed by a new club.

The key dates for delisted free agents are as follows:
Wednesday, 31 October 2pm:
List Lodgement (1)
Thursday, 1 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (1) starts
Thursday, 8 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (1) closes
Saturday, 10 November: AFL delisted player free agency period (2) starts
Friday, 16 November 5pm: AFL delisted player free agency period (2) closes
Friday, 23 November 1.30pm – 2.30pm: AFL delisted player free agency period (3)
Tuesday, 27 November 2pm: Final AFL club list lodgement


Great news. Excellent news.


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I actually like draft night.

Now its only going to be round 1 televised on the night. The rest is the next morning. Booo.


I blame all the people who were pressing red to continue watching the actual draft instead of listening/watching the real ‘celebrities’ crap on

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Draft night I give my family advance notice that I won’t be home. Take the laptop out to a local restaurant, and listen to draft night while drinking over priced wine and taking in all the blitz reactions.


Lol what, two and a half hours for round?


They should at the very least do the first 3 rounds on the night, imagine being one of the kids who have to have the anxiety of draft night hanging over their heads dragged out even longer.


Yay, we’ve solved a non-existent problem. Give that executive a bonus.


To be fair, it’ll give them a chance next year to solve a problem caused by solving this non-existent problem, so they can justify another bonus next year.


Officially don’t care now lol.

Oh Christ, … wake me up when it’s over and tell me who we got, Just decided I’m going on a Camping/Fishing/Diving/Surfing trip on this weekend. Eden, … Saltwater Ck maybe :thinking:

AFL certainly knows how to milk this shitt for profit. Kudos to them I s’pose.

Wake me up when September ends

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Prediction: this will be good for teams with academy players and that’s about it.

I’m still yet to hear a single justification for live pick trading, let alone a good one

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I’m pretty sure @theDJR can explain


Prediction: there will be a major fark up this year, then it will be used only a little the next year, not used the year after, then quietly phased out.