The AFL will resist calls to return to normal 20-minute quarter lengths for the upcoming finals series, instead leaving this year’s shorter 16-minute periods in place. Reserved. THE AFL is telling clubs it won’t rubber-stamp new contracts for players and coaches, leaving some of the game’s biggest names in limbo. In two rounds thus far, we've had a couple of games run as short as 94 minutes. Calls for the revised quarter length to remain have caused an uproar in the footy community, with most campaigning for a return to the traditional format. This is also known as Online Behavioural Advertising.Gillon McLachlan has set the record straight on shorter quarters and extended benches.Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >,Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. This whole coronavirus pandemic is a great leveller. Football has had many challenges and despite the size of this one, football will find a way through.“We are a game but we are not the main game.”.Just like it was with the NBA, McLachlan says if a player did test positive for COVID-19 the entire league would be suspended.A decision on round 1 is expected to be handed down within 24 hours, if the season is suspended for a period of time the league could play up until Christmas.AFL and AFLW players are also filling out surveys to relay their fears over the threat of the virus and their thoughts on the best path forward. We’re talking about a football community with more than 700 players,” Jones said on the Today Show.“They’ve got to get a grip on reality, the AFL.
It doesn’t matter who you are. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos via Getty Images).The AFL appears resolute on staging round one of its men’s competition this week and completing the AFLW season, which has completed six of eight rounds, on schedule.A host of scenarios have been floated for the men, including jam-packing a number of games in shortened weeks in March and April before an expected suspension of the season in May and June.The AFL’s determination to complete a full 22-match fixture in 2020 could see them continue to hold matches in the next few weeks even if a player tests positive for COVID-19.But an extraordinary teleconference of all 1240 AFL and AFLW players on Monday could decide the fate of the 2020 seasons.The AFL’s season-opener between reigning premiers Richmond and Carlton, a contest that normally attracts up to 90,000 fans, is scheduled for the MCG on Thursday night.AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has confirmed that spectators will be locked out of stadiums indefinitely.Richmond CEO Brendon Gale told SEN every high-drawing marquee match played without fans in attendance like this week’s Blues blockbuster would cost his club $1 million, but that’s just the start of the financial pain the league expects to suffer.The Tigers were reportedly among the first clubs to suspend their entire VFL program — before reports emerged the entire VFL season has been suspended in response to the coronavirus restrictions — but football boss Neil Balme has also backed one league proposal for the AFL to sandwich as many games as possible in coming weeks before the league’s forecast forced suspension.Geelong’s leadership group for 2020. AFL reveals fixture, quarter length plans for 2021 - Sam Landsberger It is back to the future for the AFL with a 23-round season, longer quarters and Round 1 pencilled in for late March next year. All Rights Reserved. Lyon said a proposal to condense five games in three weeks before a suspension of the season was puzzling — and a report claiming games would still go on even if a player tested positive was outrageous.“Not only are we asking the players to do everything we’re asking the general members of society not to do, we’re now going to tell them to do it five times in three weeks,” he told SEN Breakfast.“The question I will continue to ask – why are we playing Thursday?
Before the opening round back in March, the league cut quarters down to 16 minutes plus time on, in an effort to add the ability to compress the fixture if required due to the coronavirus pandemic. “16.5 minutes plus time-on will basically map itself out to be 25-minute quarters, which is 100-minute games and it sees the game-time reduced by about half an hour,” he told SEN Breakfast. Paul Roos was forthright in his view that the AFL, at the right time, should switch back to the 20 minutes, suggesting it could be restored after round five, which is as far as the "flexible and agile" fixture has been set. But let’s never forget also, it’s not their call. What’s the rush?“Back page of the Herald Sun, the AFL thinks they can play on despite a player getting tested positive. As much as they like to think they’re the premier code and they run sport in this country, it’s not their call.”,Just got off a flight and a guy has a 24 pack of toilet paper as his carry on. In round one, the average length of games was just 101 minutes. Round 2’s matches lasted around 105 minutes on average, down from 121 minutes or so in previous seasons. Why are they the exception to the world?“Do you know how strange that sounds?
LATEST NEWS All your coronavirus updates here. It also has assets of around $240 million, including its ownership of Marvel Stadium.“A whole season would be pushing some clubs to the wall,” Jones said.“They have a war chest the AFL.
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