Clubs will only be allowed 12 support staff on the interchange bench in games this year as the AFL pushes to declutter the game.
Clubs will also be limited to a total of 26 staff – coaches, fitness, doctors, statisticians, analysts etc – either on the bench or in the coaches’ box. There will, however, still be more coaches and allied staff than players working at games.
Only six coaches from the coaches box will be allowed to go on the field before the match and at breaks. As previously reported, runners – reduced last year to a maximum of one on the field at any time – have been further limited in only being allowed on the ground in breaks after goals this season.
Last year, there was a total of 30 staff allowed at games, with 14 permitted on the bench, so the move is part of an AFL push to try to stop the creep towards more staff.
‘‘It’s almost a resetting of the game on the field and what we want to see,’’ AFL football manager Steve Hocking said.