The AFL and the AFLW will try to keep the AFL rule book in the current format, with a new set of rules to be introduced at the end of this season, the AFL has said.
Read moreThe AFL has been considering the changes since early this year, with the two sides having held several meetings to discuss the proposal.
The AFL and Australian Football League will announce the new rules on Wednesday morning.
The rule change will affect the AFL’s 2016 finals series against Greater Western Sydney and Western Bulldogs, the A-League’s current semi-finals series against Melbourne and Adelaide, and the NAB Challenge series against Geelong and Fremantle.
The changes will see the AFL move to a 16-game finals series, meaning the AFL will play three games in a week in a bid to boost ratings.
It will also allow for the AFL to run a single elimination tournament, with clubs competing in one-day games.
It also means the AFL can change the rules for the NBL finals series in 2018.
The new rules, which will be implemented in the coming weeks, are aimed at attracting more fans to the sport and will also help prevent the game from being played to a low level of quality, the ACCC says.
In a statement, the league said it is “concerned about the current and potential impacts on AFL and NBL competition”.
“We have not had the opportunity to review the proposed changes and we remain concerned about the potential impacts to AFL and NRL competition,” the statement said.
“While we have not yet taken the matter to AFL Council, we will continue to review and consider all aspects of the proposed rule changes.”
The AFL is also seeking input on the proposed rules before they are presented to the AFL, including the impact on the game’s quality, competition, health and safety.
The ACCC is not giving up on the fight to keep football in Australia.
The rules will be in the Australian Football Rules Handbook from next year, and will be a key part of the game as the governing body seeks to bring back the NSL in 2019.
“The rules are a great opportunity for both the AFL (and the AFL) to improve and improve the game, but we’re also a community of players and we want the rules to reflect that,” ACCC chief executive Rod Sims said.
The NAB rules change will be discussed by the AFL at a meeting on Thursday morning.
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