The Farrer League is set for a top four finals series this year to ensure it and the Riverina League grand finals get due recognition by remaining a week apart.
It's part of an AFL Riverina proposal sent to clubs which sees the Riverina League retain a top five, culminating in an October 10 decider, a week after the Farrer League.
The two leagues are aiming for a nine-week home-and-away season from July 18 to September 12.
Staggering the two grand finals is a priority, and a three-week finals series for the Farrer League would ensure its season finale is on October 3 at Robertson Oval.
"The desire to still have both competitions finishing on different weekends, and it was also the last weekend that Robertson Oval will be available," AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons said were the key factors.
The proposed draws are essentially the second half of the original season, with amendments to ensure each team has four home games.
AFL Riverina will gauge clubs' intentions at a meeting on June 22 and has set June 30 as the deadline to confirm club nominations for football and netball teams.
Irons reiterated that they won't penalise any clubs who elect not to take part in a 2020 competition.
Nor has AFL Riverina ruled out including additional clubs, given the Hume League isn't playing for a premiership and the Northern Riverina League this week cancelled its 2020 season.
"We are open to the idea of clubs from other leagues coming in but we'd need to work through how that would be facilitated," Irons said.
Community sport and contact training is permitted from July 1 but clubs are still awaiting detailed protocols.
However, they can take heart from the Prime Minister's statement on Friday that only a four-square-metre rule per person will apply at events from July, rather than specific limits on numbers.
In a year like no other, Irons said being able to send out proposed draws and finals plans is a significant milestone.
"It actually does seem to be more real now. We've been talking in hypotheticals but once we've had the date we've been able to move forward with some concrete dates and draws which give people something to work towards," he said.
NSW's acting sports minister Geoff Lee said this week that 'common sense' should govern people's actions when sport returns but noted the 1.5 metre distancing rule, having a Covid-19 safety plan, and keeping a register of attendees are likely to be in the guidelines.
AFL Riverina is awaiting detailed advice from AFL NSW-ACT.
"Whilst having a date is great and we've been able to move forward in planning what our season will look like, getting the guidelines for return to play and understanding what's involved is still a very important factor in getting our season going," Irons said.