The deal could bring AFL to over 90 million Chinese spectators, after long-running attempts by the organisation to expand the sport's reach into Asia.

After multiple matches garnered mixed reviews from the Chinese public, with claims that many of the tickets in sparsely-attended arenas were given away for free, the agreement provides a boost for the AFL's chances of expanding beyond Australia.

The Round 9 clash between Gold Coast and Port Adelaide will be broadcast on Guangzhou TV, Shanghai TV and Shandong TV. 

AFL General Manager of Clubs and Broadcasting, Travis Auld, said the agreement was evidence of growing interest within China.

"We're in the privileged position to be able to host a premiership season match in China, and we feel that even more with our new television broadcast arrangements for the season with Guangzhou TV, Shanghai TV and Shandong TV helping us to increase the AFL's footprint into an important market and to support our international strategy," Auld said.

"Interest in our game in China is increasing, which is reflected with Guangzhou TV making a commitment to broadcast at least one game a week on top of a weekly highlights show.

"I'd like to thank Guangzhou TV, Shanghai TV and Shandong TV for their support in showcasing our exciting game to so many in mainland China."