The AFL is considering radical changes to the 2020 AFL season, according to The Herald Sun.
The report states that the league is considering a wildcard finals series and best-of-three grand final fixture, but only if football returns in the “coming months”.
The AFL is set to meet with the AFLPA to discuss four-day breaks, where teams would have to travel interstate and play a pair of games in four days.
This would allow the AFL to squeeze 17 rounds into a shorter period, with the league considering playing games across every day of the week.
The AFL is reportedly determined to play 17 rounds and four finals before adding any extra stipulations to the fixture.
AFL fixtures boss Travis Auld confirmed a wildcard series was under consideration if there was sufficient time – which could feature 7th vs. 10th and 8th vs. 9th to decide the last two finalists.
“We are (open a to wildcard weekend) except it’s going to add length to the season,” Auld told the Herald Sun.
“If we have got the time maybe but things would have to change really quickly for us to be in a position where we have spare time. If we had kept going from Round 1 we would have had spare time but every week that goes by you lose that space.
“Getting 17 rounds away in a shortened period of time and then four weeks of finals is our base.”