The AFL are reportedly "50-50" on adding another round to the 2023 home and away fixture in the form of a 'Magic Round' schedule, with players said to be "supportive" of the concept.
A 'Magic Round', as held in the NRL, would see all nine matches for a single round played in the same state over one weekend, igniting a festival of football for one city to scatter an entire round of matches across four to five days.
South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia have put their hands up to host the round, which is seen as a potential chance to fall across Easter.
The round would add to the current 22-game schedule for clubs instead of replacing a home and away round, falling in place of a pre-season weekend.
"This is a hugely exciting concept, the AFL is now 50-50 On a Magic Round next season, an extra dedicated round replacing one of the pre-season (blocks of) games," 7 News reporter Tom Browne revealed on Thursday.
"All 18 teams there, all nine games there across a proper home and away round.
"Now the players, generally speaking, are supportive, they get a fair chunk of money. The clubs (are) also supportive, they get a smaller amount of money but albeit significant.
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"For the AFL it is really a marketing exercise but it would have a huge wow factor. Particularly in the front half of the year."
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan told media this week that the concept is "gaining momentum", however there are still "a few issues to solve".
A decision from the league could be made as early as next week.
According to News Corp, each AFL club would receive $500,000 from Magic Round, with players gaining $200,000 at each club.
The clubs themselves would pocket $200,000 of that intake to go toward their football department budget.
Should Magic Round fall across the Easter weekend, it would spell a snap to the traditional Easter Monday clash between Geelong and Hawthorn at the MCG, while also seeing the newer marquee fixture on Good Friday - which has again been requested by North Melbourne - also moved.