Could we see the length of AFL games reduced?

SEN - Thu, 14th Jun 2018 - 0 Comments

AFL Players’ Association president Patrick Dangerfield personally doesn’t want the interchange cap reduced.

The rotations are currently capped at 120 with many suggesting reducing it would lead to more fatigue and games opening up late in quarters.

The Geelong midfielder doesn’t like the idea himself, but admits a few players like it more than others.

“I haven’t been a real advocate of reducing the interchange at all,” he told SEN’s Whateley.

“It was certainly discussed and it’s certainly been hotly debated among players, there’s plenty that aren’t for it.

“We have a few players that are happy to reduce it, it wouldn’t affect their game.”

One thing Dangerfield is a little keener on is reducing the total length of games.

“There was no discussion yesterday on the length of the games, my personal view is it’s something that we need to look at and I don’t think they need to go for as long as they currently do,” he said.

“To be honest, I think that’s a bit of a shared view from quite a few players that it wouldn’t hurt to reduce games.

“Something like 100 minutes, I wouldn’t see huge changes, just something that’s not as currently long as what it is now.”

The AFLPA president believes it could open up other possibilities.

“We put a huge demand on our players, particularly with scheduling with five and six day breaks I think there’d be potential to have more of those throughout the season and balance up the scheduling for all clubs if we were able to reduce the length of games,” Dangerfield said.

“Effectively you’d almost be playing a quarter less and we’d be able to make sure that scheduling is a little bit better and more entertaining for supporters.”

Geelong take on reigning premiers Richmond on Sunday afternoon in what will be a massive clash for Dangerfield’s Cats.

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