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Report: AFL poised to reduce length of half time


The AFL are a step closer to altering the length of half-time breaks in 2020, according to the Herald Sun.

Following club and player support, half time is set to be cut from 20 minutes to 15 from next season.

The league initially floated reducing half time to 10 minutes but following weeks of consolation with broadcasters, coaches and players, the report states a slight reduction is in the pipeline.

Broadcasters are reportedly concerned the current 20-minute break is hampering their ability to retain audiences during the second half of lopsided matches.

Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin backed the proposal last month.

“I'm OK with it,” Goodwin said on SEN Breakfast in November.

“If you look around the world in terms of the game, our game is incredibly long.

“If we can find ways to reduce the length of the game for our spectators and the people involved in the game, I think it's a good thing. Ten less minutes for me is not going to affect the way we coach.”

Listen to Simon Goodwin's chat on SEN Breakfast last month in the player below.

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