Footscray has qualified for the 2023 VFL Finals Series after finishing the home-and-away season in sixth position on the ladder.

It caps off a stunning 10-game winning streak, which catapulted the ‘Scray up the ladder and into the finals race.  

As a result, the Bulldogs will have a bye this weekend (August 26/27) during the VFL Wildcard Round – which will determine their Elimination Final opponent.


 In the Wildcard Round this weekend, Casey will meet North Melbourne (7th vs 10th) while Collingwood hosts Richmond (8th vs 9th).  

The ‘Scray will face the highest-ranked Wildcard Round winner of these matches. 

Gold Coast was awarded the minor premiership after finishing top of the table.


2023 Smithy’s VFL Finals Series Structure

Wildcard Round
Saturday, August 26 and/or Sunday, August 27
Wildcard Game One: Casey v North Melbourne (7th vs 10th)
Wildcard Game Two: Collingwood v Richmond (8th vs 9th)

Qualifying and Elimination Finals
Saturday, September 2 and/or Sunday, September 3
First Qualifying Final: Gold Coast v Brisbane (1st vs 4th)
Second Qualifying Final: Werribee v Box Hill (2nd vs 3rd)
First Elimination Final: Williamstown (5th) v Lowest-ranked Wildcard Round winner (becomes 8th)
Second Elimination Final: Footscray (6th) v Highest-ranked Wildcard Round winner (becomes 7th)