Caroline Wilson has outlined how the AFL will look when games get underway again in the coming months.
After Friday’s national cabinet meeting – which provided a framework for professional and community sport to return – the AFL are set to announce their comeback plan shortly.
Appearing on ABC’s Offsiders, Wilson said she expected footy to return no later than June 18 and comprise of a few as four days between matches for clubs.
“There’s 16 rounds to play and the absolute ambition is to finish the season by the end of October. The Victorian Sports Minister hinted last week that the Victoria Derby might be moved to a Sunday,” Wilson said.
“There’ll be four day breaks – that’ll be the shortest break players will be asked to have.
“They still haven’t made a decision about interchange benches, but I expect them to widen because of this.
“There is a suggestion that bigger games, such as ‘derbies’ and ‘showdowns’, might be pushed back towards the end of the year in the hope there might be some crowds, or to make things more interesting.
“But there are two fixtures at the moment and we’re going to know a lot more (in the weeks ahead).
“There’s going to be a lot of games. I think footy will be played, definitely four days a week and probably five days a week for the next few months.”
Wilson also flagged the possibility of hubs being used in Western Australia, which currently has stricter border and quarantine restrictions than other parts of the country.