AFL asks clubs to consider cramming fixtures closer together

The AFL has asked clubs to consider the possibility of cramming additional fixtures into the next six weeks of the competition while all teams are out of Victoria.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan and commission chairman Roger Goyder discussed the plan with club chief executives and presidents during a phone hook-up on Wednesday morning, afl.com.au reports.

While Rounds 6 and 7 of the competition will go ahead as planned, the prospect of reducing the days between games thereafter was discussed amid the heightened uncertainty of Victoria's COVID-19 spike.

The AFL has been open to the possibility of asking teams to play games within shorter time periods since the start of the season, having already planned for that eventuality by reducing the length of quarters to 16 minutes, a decision that has drawn plenty of criticism across the game.

AFL.com.au reports that the plan has the "conditional support" of the clubs.

The AFL has already moved matches around to deal with issues around state border closures, while all Victorian clubs were last week moved out of the state following the spike in cases across Melbourne.

The Victorian government has implemented a six-week lockdown, which comes into force from midnight Wednesday, to help limit any further spread of the coronavirus moving forward.