The AFL and its players have all-but agreed on a shorter half-time break with the league set to cut five minutes off the main break, according to The Age.
Fans had largely disputed the original idea of a 10-minute break from the outset, with many claiming it would not leave enough time for them to get food, go to the bathroom or catch-up with friends located elsewhere in the stadium.
The AFL and the players have settled on a 15-minute break – the five-minute reduction is aimed at keeping television audiences tuned in during the break and reduce the overall running time of the product.
Some fans even raised the issue of time being taken away from Auskick participants living out their fantasies on the big stage, this thought was refuted by Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury who tweeted in November 2019 saying Auskick could go ahead pre-game.
The topic was discussed amongst the AFL Players Association last week and was described as a “non-issue” by AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh, who said “there won’t be any barriers” put up when speaking to The Age.
The shorter breaks are set to be trialled during the Marsh Community Series.