MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Umpire Shaun Ryan holds the ball over his head as he enters the field ahead of his 300th game during the 2018 AFL round 21 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

SEN’s Dwayne Russell has revealed that the AFL are interested in reducing quarters to shorten games.

He said the league wants to shorten games by up to as much as 15 minutes in total, cutting two-to-three minutes from each quarter.

The Fox Footy commentator said a maximum of 30-minute quarters is the desired outcome.

It comes after reports that the AFL is looking to shorten half-time breaks from 20 to 15 minutes for this season.

“The AFL is interested in finding a way to shorten games I’m told by maybe up to 15 minutes,” Russell told SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“Reduce the quarters by two-to-three minutes, bring the quarters back from 32, 33, 34 minutes that we’re often getting back to 29 and 30-minute quarters again like it was in the old days.

“I’m told the AFL wants quarters going for 30 minutes maximum again if they can and I’m told the players want a shorter game as well if they can get it.

He predicts the potential shortening of games wouldn’t take effect until 2021.

“I’m tipping this will come in in 2021 once they find a way to do it. One of the options is to not have any time on in the first five, six or 10 minutes of a quarter unless there is a blood rule or a major stretcher.”