CLUBS will hold the selection power for next month's State of Origin bushfire relief match after each receiving a shortlist from the AFL on Wednesday.
Eight players were put forward by the AFL that clubs will be required to confirm as fit to play for the Victoria v All Stars match at Marvel Stadium on Friday, February 28.
The teams will be announced on AFL.com.au on Wednesday, February 26.
A player's best and fairest finish and 2019 All-Australians were heavily favoured in the process of selecting eight names from each club. International-born players will also be eligible for selection for the Allies.
Victorian coach Damien Hardwick and All Stars counterpart John Longmire will then select the final teams with a maximum of three per each AFL club.
Each team will have a starting 18, six interchange players and three emergencies.
The match will start at 7.50pm AEDT with an NAB AFL Women's match for premiership points between Collingwood and Melbourne to be played as a curtain raiser at 5.40pm.
All funds raised from the match will support the Community Relief Fund that has been set up by the AFL to help rebuild local football facilities torn apart by the national bushfire crisis.
The AFL, clubs and AFLPA have donated $1.5 million to the fund, with a further $1 million going to immediate relief.
Both teams will train at Marvel Stadium on Thursday, February 27.
The match will be broadcast on Channel Seven, Fox Footy, the AFL Live Official App, Kayo and various radio partners.
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