You can access more content with Watch AFL. The AFL said it was it was not a "hard" cap, like the salary cap on player payments, for which there are significant penalties when a club is found to have intentionally breached. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has warned the AFL against taking shorter quarters into 2021, declaring the quality of games has been significantly impacted this season and that should trump financial gains. “It’s too demanding and no one would get any time to themselves. Senior officials at some clubs believe the football spending cap will be similar to the monthly limit, over a full year, in 2021, with an amount close to $6.1 - 6.3 million though this is unlikely to be set until the AFL has a clear picture of revenue for next year. Cricket Australia takes control of most AFL venues from early October. The clubs will have to use that monthly amount of $511,000 until the season ends but the cap is still "soft", meaning that the clubs would be taxed by the AFL if they exceed it. THE AFL has informed AFL club presidents and CEOs that the AFL Commission ratified a recommendation by the football operations department for no change to the current AFLW CBA, and that the 2021 season should commence in February, with a nine-week home and away season, before a three-week finals series. Clarkson said there wasn’t a lot of “high class” football played this year due to the 16-minute quarters the AFL brought in to “get the season away”. Premiership coach Luke Beveridge says the AFL’s shrinking soft cap on football department spending will make it impossible to flood next season with extra games. The Commission also hosted a meeting via video with club presidents / chairs and CEOs, where AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan provided an update to the clubs on the game's collective financial situation, when considering the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months, and the next steps for the industry to move through this initial challenging period. Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >. The new budget, which would translate to a football cap of $6.132 million over a year, is a reduction of just under 37 per cent compared to the pre-COVID-19 cap that clubs had at the start of this season of around $9.7 million. “Instinctively there are some structural challenges to doing that,” McLachlan said during the shutdown period. Player payments and the current AFLW football department 'soft cap' would be maintained as agreed previously, with the 2021 season subject only to how the Australian community was dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic at the time early next year. New to Kayo? Clarko warns shorter quarters will damage game. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, New to Kayo? Picture: AFL Photos, Star Giants trio fit and ready to face Pies. Some players were used to getting 30 or 35 possessions are now getting judged on whether they get 20,” he said. They’ll get to it pretty soon I’m sure.”. “You can’t just add games on (to) suits the revenue and the broadcast, you have to consider the people in the game … otherwise we won’t be in it for very long.”. Player payments and the current AFLW Football Department soft cap would be maintained as agreed previously, with the 2021 season subject only to how the Australian community was dealing … Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. The Herald Sun reported on Monday that a normal 23-round season (including a bye) was likely to return in 2021. Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia. Jake Niall is a Walkley award-winning sports journalist and chief AFL writer for The Age. AFL Commission Chairman Richard Goyder said it was the Commission's view that the AFLW was a significant growth area for the game and should not be subject to any reductions for next season, when considering the competition was not able to be completed this year and the fact that AFLW spending within clubs was much smaller than the current spend on the AFL football programs. It’s got nothing to do, from my end, with who’s getting paid what,” he said on Friday. 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Before COVID-19 it was set at $9.5 million per club. “If we do grow the season there are things that will need to marry up with it. The new cap will be in place from next week, a matter of 10 days before the first return to play game on Thursday, June 11 between Collingwood and Richmond. Maddy Prespakis celebrates MVP win with confetti, tears, and bubbly, "All 18 clubs were also given a detailed outline today on the AFL's revenue forecasts for the coming two years, and our outline on the continued work that is required to be done to ensure that the AFL and our clubs collectively are able to manage the significant debt incurred this year as a result of the impact of the pandemic.
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