A standard top eight finals system will take place, with those teams in the top four playing off in a qualifying final in week one, giving them a double chance should they lose.
The only teams guaranteed a home final should they finish high enough on the ladder are Brisbane and Port Adelaide.
West Coast is unlikely to be able to play a final at home given teams going into Western Australia would have to quarantine for seven days beforehand.
As has been the case since 2016, a pre-finals bye will take place, meaning the Eagles could potentially host a final at Optus Stadium in week one.
McLachlan confirmed the Victorian teams, as well as the Giants if they make the finals, may get their pick of the neutral venues currently being used for a home final. For More visit AFL Final Eight.