Richmond will launch the new-look VFL season with a Friday afternoon match against Sandringham on April 16, as the competition released its fixture for the first two rounds of the year.
The VFL, which will include standalone and AFL-aligned clubs from Queensland and New South Wales for the first time, will play 19 rounds this year, with 16 matches and three byes per club.
There are 22 clubs in the competition, with round one to commence on Friday, April 16 when Frankston hosts Coburg under lights at Skybus Stadium and Richmond facing Sandringham at the Swinburne Centre.
>> SEE THE ROUND ONE AND TWO FIXTURES BELOW
The League has achieved over 80 per cent alignment with the AFL fixture, with all Victorian-based VFL and AFL clubs to travel with their AFL club for interstate matches.
While the VFL has provided the match-ups for each round of the season, the dates, times and venues of rounds three to 19 will be released as the AFL's floating fixture comes through.
Richmond meets Casey Demons at the Swinburne Centre in Round 2, ahead of the AFL blockbuster Anzac Day eve match at the MCG. A 2019 VFL Grand Final rematch between Richmond and Williamstown will take place in round 10.
The Tigers are scheduled to travel interstate twice in 2021, with away matches against Brisbane (May 22/23) and GWS (August 14/15).
A top-eight finals structure will commence on Saturday, August 28 with the VFL Grand Final to be held on the weekend of September 18/19.
2021 VFL FIXTURE Download the full schedule of 2021 VFL matches
Friday, April 16
Richmond v Sandringham, Swinburne Centre, 12pm
Frankston v Coburg, SkyBus Stadium, 7.30pm
Saturday, April 17
Sydney v GWS, Tramway Oval (Lakeside Oval), 12pm
Aspley v Port Melbourne, Graham Road, 1pm
Brisbane v Essendon, Southpines Sporting Complex, 1.30pm
Carlton v Southport, IKON Park, 2pm
Werribee v Collingwood, Avalon Airport Oval, 2.30pm
Footscray v Gold Coast, VU Whitten Oval, 6pm
Sunday, April 18
Box Hill Hawks v Casey Demons, Box Hill City Oval, 12.05pm
Geelong v North Melbourne, GMHBA Stadium, 1pm
Northern Bullants v Williamstown, Preston City Oval, 1pm
Thursday, April 22
GWS v Footscray, Blacktown International Sports Park, 7.10pm
Saturday, April 24
Gold Coast v Sydney, Council Training Oval, Metricon Stadium, 10.10am
Carlton v Brisbane, IKON Park, 12pm
North Melbourne v Frankston, Arden Street Oval, 1pm
Southport v Aspley, Fankhauser Reserve, 1pm
Box Hill Hawks v Northern Bullants, Box Hill City Oval, 2pm
Port Melbourne v Sandringham, ETU Stadium, 2pm
Richmond v Casey Demons, Swinburne Centre, 2pm
Collingwood v Essendon, Victoria Park, 2pm
Werribee v Williamstown, Avalon Airport Oval, 7pm
Byes: Coburg, Geelong