The AFL are reportedly set to return to traditional 20-minute quarters in 2021.

The Age reporter Peter Ryan writes that, after playing 16-minute quarters during the COVID-19 impacted 2020 season, sources have suggested the league is keen to return to how the game was pre-pandemic in as many aspects as possible, including quarter length.

The report notes it is “most likely” the AFL executive recommends a return to 20-minute quarters in the 2021 season, with the league in the final stages of discussions with broadcasters and other key stakeholders.

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This makes even more significant the AFL’s decision to reduce interchange rotations from 90 to 75, which was one of a number of changes announced this week.

AFL Football Operations boss Steve Hocking has also flagged the potential return of a rolling fixture, with blocks of the fixture to be released throughout the season rather than all at once.

Additionally, the idea of a ‘footy frenzy’ in 2021 remains in play, following its successful implementation in 2020.

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