Main content

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

AFLX set to be a part of 2018 pre-season

Marc McGowan  October 17, 2017 11:57 AM

AFL 2017 Media - AFL Announces Steve Hocking as GM of Football Operations

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and new footy boss Steve Hocking

Keep up with all the deals with the Trade Tracker
All the latest trade and free agency news
Indicative draft order: Keep up to date with all the picks
Who's hanging up the boots? Keep track of 2017's retirements and delistings

MODIFIED football game AFLX is set to be part of a drastically different lead in to the home and away season next year.

The AFL is well advanced in its pre-season plans for 2018, and new general manager of football, Steve Hocking, said an announcement would be made late next week to outline them.

The JLT Community Series appears likely to be shortened from three matches per club to two, with a round-robin weekend of AFLX games to fill the void.

AFLX is being dubbed the AFL's answer to Twenty20 cricket and will include fewer players on a smaller field competing in matches of shorter duration.

"Certainly (the pre-season schedule) will look different," Hocking told NAB AFL Trade Radio.

"We need to accommodate the AFLW season as well, to make sure both those parts of the business are working well together and the women are getting their time in the sun, but at the same time that the men are able to prepare for the season."

Hocking hinted speculation about the pre-season format was accurate and that grounds had already been booked to accommodate AFLX requirements.

"Most of that work's been done … it will certainly give all the fans something different, and also the young kids coming through as well," he said.

"It's a different vehicle, so I'm looking forward to seeing that at the appropriate time and seeing the players involved in it."

What is AFLX?

- Played on a soccer-sized field

- Played between two sides of seven, three on each interchange bench

- Ten-minute quarters

- No centre bounces (kick-ins from full-back after each goal)

- One umpire