Recommended videos

Highlights: Richmond v Carlton

11:17pm Mar 27, 2014

Malthouse rues costly mistakes

11:44pm Mar 27, 2014

Recommended articles

Sunday football as it happened

Sunday football as it happened

Recap Port's Showdown upset, plus big wins for the Hawks and Tigers

11:45am Apr 14, 2013

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

St Kilda v Richmond as it happened

 Recap Friday night's MCG clash as the Tigers make their best start to a season in 16 years

04:00pm Apr 5, 2013

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Carlton v Collingwood as it happened

Recap Friday night's blockbuster as the Blues capitulate in front of 78,000 at the MCG

10:36pm Jul 5, 2013

Saturday football as it happened

Saturday football as it happened

Recap a day bookended by two major boilovers

01:00pm Mar 30, 2013

Fantasy review: round three

Fantasy review: round three

It was a tough round for AFL Fantasy coaches, Warnie writes

10:42pm Apr 6, 2014

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Football world sends off Hafey in style

Tom Hafey remembered as a great coach and a wonderful man

06:15pm May 19, 2014

MCG countdown clock doing it by halves

Ben Guthrie  March 21, 2016 9:15 AM

2015 Toyota AFL Grand Final - Hawthorn v West Coast

A countdown clock will feature at the MCG in the second half this season, but not for the final two minutes

THE AFL is set to experiment with an LED countdown clock at games at the MCG this season.

The proposal, which is almost certain to be ticked off by the AFL executive on Monday, will see boundary advertising boards transformed into a countdown clock at selected stages of the third and fourth quarters.

The last two minutes of both quarters will be excluded to maintain the tradition of players and fans being kept in the dark about how much time is left.

"A countdown clock will be displayed for 40 seconds at some point between 10 minutes and two minutes to go in the third and fourth quarters," an AFL spokesman told AFL.com.au.

"It would then disappear from the screen."

While there has been opposition to having a countdown clock at venues, more often than not players know how long is left in a game thanks to messages from the runner or from those on the interchange bench.

Fans at the game are also usually aware of the time elapsed in the quarter through radio coverage or supporters informing those around them.

People watching on television can see a countdown clock throughout the game.