The AFL is contemplating cutting the half time interval from a 20-minute break to 10 in a move that aims to reduce the entire length of a match.
League boss Gillon McLachlan and head of operations manager Steve Hocking proposed the change to club executives at an AFL House meeting before Wednesday night’s national draft.
The shortened break will benefit fans both at the ground and watching on TV, with some games scheduled to start slightly earlier than previous seasons.
Clubs were also alluded to moving the traditional half time Auskick play to pre-game, which will be beneficial for the younger audience.
As reported by the Herald Sun, a league spokesperson confirmed that these changes are in serious consideration for the 2020 season. The proposed adjustments would not see the quarter-time and three-quarter time breaks altered.
There are many coaches and players who believe the game period is excessive, but these changes will need to be trialled before anything is put into place. Players are expected to be consulted before anything is set in stone.
Would love to know how the players feel about half time being shortened.
For or against?
— Sam McClure (@sam_mcclure) November 27, 2019
Shorter half time 👌 Auskick pre game. Night games start much earlier 7pm. If we are worried players won’t get enough rest. Left field idea, unlimited rotations 😂
— Scott Pendlebury (@SP_10) November 27, 2019