The AFL will consider adjusting it’s preseason format yet again next year, reducing the JLT Community Series to just one round after reducing it to two this year.
A decision will not be made until later in the year, but AFL football operations boss Steve Hocking confirmed the league is open to clubs continuing to organise practice matches amongst themselves as a number of clubs have done in 2019.
Hocking said that the decision to shorten the JLT in 2019 was due in part to the AFLW needing its own timeframe where it does not overlap with the JLT series.
However, criticisms were levelled at the planning of this year’s series after several clubs were made to play off six-day breaks, while Carlton had 12 days between games as they featured in the very first and last JLT fixtures of 2019.
With the conclusion of preseason fixtures, players will enjoy a week off before round one begins on Thursday 21st March when Carlton take on Richmond at the MCG.