AFL quarters, games too long: Chris Fagan

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Brisbane coach Chris Fagan says AFL games are too long and he'd like to see the length of quarters reduced after the Lions played out a 136-minute marathon against Carlton.

Last year's fixture resulted in the league cutting quarter lengths to 16 minutes plus time-on, but quarters have reverted to the normal 20 minutes plus time-on in 2021.

After Saturday game, where score reviews, blood rule stoppages and goals saw two of the four quarters go beyond 36 minutes, Fagan said he'd like to see a new middle-ground quarter length of 18 minutes plus time-on, citing the potential for injuries with longer games.

"Gee, it was 136 minutes tonight. I think we have to have a look at it," Fagan said

"It is way too long - it wears the players out. I don't know the stats but the injury lists at clubs at the moment look big and long and we're only into round six.

"I'm sure the AFL are aware of it but I think the game needs to be shorter than 136 minutes and I think there was one quarter of 36 minutes tonight and another of 37 - so it's a long time.

"I don't know what the breakdown of it was but the game feels long at the moment.

"I know it felt short last year because we took it back to 16 minutes plus time-on.

"I reckon the right answer's somewhere in between - maybe 18 and time-on."

Carlton counterpart David Teague prefers the traditional, longer quarter lengths.

"When it went to 16-minute quarters I didn't like it - I thought it was very quick," he said.

"But in terms of injuries, I felt like a lot of the injuries today were impact injuries.

"I'm not sure if there was too many muscle injuries, which is probably more fatigue or stress injuries - mind you, when you're a bit fatigued, maybe you get hit, you're not quite as sharp

"I like the 120 minutes. I probably go back to my playing days and I just wanted to play.

"I enjoyed training but I just wanted to play and compete and I'd love to play for as long as I could. I still wish I could play.

"So I like the game being longer and testing you out over time and I think the defences open up through fatigue and I think that's great for the fans to see that."