More than 130 teams are confirmed starters for the Bendigo Junior Football League season.
Nominations for the revamped season close on Tuesday, with the BJFL planning to stage round one on the weekend of July 18-19.
AFL Central Victoria regional manager Norm Sheahan said interest in junior football remained strong despite the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.
"Things are changing by the day, but we're working on the junior competition going ahead from July 18,'' Sheahan said.
"We're waiting on final team nominations for the juniors and our last figure was 135 teams will participate this year.
"Last year we had 157 teams participate, so all things considered it's pleasing to have that many teams this year."
The BJFL is planning a 10-week season - eight rounds of home and away matches and two weeks of finals.
All teams will participate in finals to ensure every player gets the opportunity to play 10 games.
Last week's cancellation of the BFNL season has eased venue issues for the BJFL.
With COVID-19 restrictions impacting change room availability and spectator involvement, the BJFL was likely to schedule a maximum of three games per venue per day.
"We'll work with the BFNL under-18 competition in terms of venues,'' Sheahan said.
"With the BFNL, HDFNL and LVFNL not being played a number of the ovals have opened up for us to use.
"With no senior footy we can play games all day Saturday and Sunday we could start games probably as late as 3pm, with three games per venue.
"There's a lot of work still to be done, but we should have a better idea in the next couple of days.
"The draws will be fluid. We'll probably only release the first couple of weeks of the draw to start with.
"We're not doing grading games because of the short time-frame. Teams will nominate what division they want to play in, but after the first two rounds the results show they are in the wrong division we'll address it."
Sheahan confirmed that AFLCV's academy program will resume at Epsom-Huntly Recreation Reserve next week.
"The under-12s and under-13 will train on Monday night and the under-14s and under-15s will start on Wednesday night,'' he said.
"We'll also be introducing an under-16 girls program as well."
Meanwhile, the final structure of the 2020 Central Victorian Women's League could be finalised this week.
"We've got five teams locked in and we're waiting on clarification from one more team,'' Sheahan said.
"The women's league games will be played on Sundays again this year."
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