The Australian Football League’s governing body will consider making changes to the format of the competition as it prepares for the new year.
Key points:League chief executive Todd Greenberg says the AFL wants to reduce the number of games played by clubs in the competitionThe decision will be taken by a majority vote of the league’s governing bodiesThe AFL wants the games to be split into a three-week schedule and a one-week playoff format.
It is understood a majority of the governing bodies will vote to keep the league at seven games per season and the three-game playoff format as it is.
This is due to the fact that the competition has traditionally been played in seven-week blocks.
The governing bodies of the two biggest leagues in the country will decide on a plan to reform the competition, which is due for its second change in two years.
Mr Greenberg said it would be “a massive achievement” if the change was approved by the league board.
“It’s going to be a huge challenge, but we’ve been talking about this for a while,” he said.
“The last time it was changed was back in the mid-2000s when it was a little bit different.”
We’ve been looking at this for years.
We’ve made the decision and we’re very confident about the results we’re going to get.
“Mr Greenberg acknowledged that the change could be contentious.”
You’d have to be crazy to change it, but there will be some opposition,” he told 3AW’s Today.”
If you’re a club and you’re thinking about going out on the field, you’d have a different mindset than if you’re playing a one off game.
“There’s a big divide, but I think the fact the board have been very clear that they want to reform this competition and they want it to be more accessible and we want it not to be the same as the A-League.”
And I think that’s going be a very positive thing.
“The decision was met with a lot of scepticism by some sections of the AFL.
Some clubs have questioned the wisdom of a three week format when the AFL is already competing in the first four rounds of the season.”
I think it’s a good idea,” Mr Greenberg said.
The AFL has already been forced to adjust its rules for the second consecutive year after the league was rocked by the corruption scandal involving former Essendon players.AAP