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Fixture overhaul beckons for 2018

May 16, 2017 1:13 PM

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WHILE it would be a more likely proposition for 2019, the AFL may consider introducing a new fixture format next season.

The Age reports the fixture overhaul, which would involve the draw being programmed for 18 rounds with four concluding games set near the end of the season, would satisfy the AFL Players' request for two in-season byes. 

The report suggests various versions to be debated at a meeting in Melbourne this week could see anything from the top six after 18 rounds guaranteed a finals place, while the bottom six play-off for draft advantages. 

The middle six would compete for a final position in the finals series.

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