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How to watch and stream the AFL grand final as Geelong and Sydney meet at the MCG

The AFL grand final makes its triumphant return to the MCG in 2022, as Geelong and Sydney meet on the last Saturday in September to fight for the premiership.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big day. 

When does the AFL grand final start?

The first bounce will be at 2:30pm on Saturday, September 24.

This marks a return to the traditional afternoon timeslot, after two seasons of night and twilight grand finals outside Victoria.

How can I watch the AFL grand final?

The game will be broadcast live on Channel Seven across the country.

You can also tune in to ABC Sport’s live radio call via the AFL website, or follow the action with our live blog.

Can I stream the AFL grand final?

This year you can stream the grand final live with the 7plus app through select TV, set-top-box and gaming console devices.

But you cannot stream through a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Who will be performing the grand final entertainment?

Robbie Williams was announced earlier this year as the AFL’s headline act, and chief executive Gillon McLachlan revealed yesterday Delta Goodrem would be joining him as a special guest.

Mike Brady will of course be performing pre-game.(Getty Images: Daniel Carson)

Plenty of Aussies will join the bill for both the pre-match and half-time shows, including G Flip, Mike Brady, The Temper Trap, Katie Noonan, Goanna, Christina Anu, Emma Donovan, Tasman Keith and William Barton. 

Who is playing in the AFL grand final?

For the first time in VFL/AFL history, Geelong and Sydney will meet in the season’s deciding game.

The Cats finished on top of the ladder after the home and away season, and reached the grand final with a thrilling win over Collingwood in a qualifying final and a comfortable victory over Brisbane in the preliminary final.

A tall Geelong ruckman goes for a handball in the middle of the ground as two Sydney defenders scramble to stop him.
The Cats and Swans haven’t met since round two, when Sydney won and Buddy Franklin kicked his 1,000th goal.(Getty Images / AFL Photos: Brett Hemmings)

The Swans finished third, and had to overcome reigning champs Melbourne in their qualifying final and a nail-biter against the Magpies in a prelim.

Geelong are hoping to win their first flag since 2011, and Sydney their first since 2012.

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