MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - AUGUST 31: AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL General Manager Football Operations Steven Hocking address the media after Steve Hocking was announced as the new AFL General Manager of Football Operations at AFL House on August 31, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The AFL is reportedly closing in on making a decision for quarter lengths for the 2021 season, with the traditional 20-minute quarters set to return for next year, reports The Age’s Peter Ryan.

After a COVID-19 impacted season in 2020, the AFL elected to shorten quarters as compacted fixtures aided the league’s survival amid the global pandemic.

The AFL are now likely to revert to the traditional quarter durations for 2021, with some consideration into potentially finding a middle ground and changing to 18-minute quarters next year.

The league is understood to be in the final stages of their discussions with broadcasters and relevant figures, with the AFL keen on returning to pre-COVID game lengths.

AFL Football Operations boss Steve Hocking has also hinted at a potential return to rolling fixtures, with fixtures for blocks of games being released throughout the season, as seen this year.

The ‘footy frenzy’ concept has also been flagged following its success in 2020.