AFL scraps sub rule

The AFL has finally made the decision to scrap its contentious green and red vest substitute rule.

The rule, which has proved unpopular among AFL players since its introduction in 2011, won’t feature from next season onwards.

In a bid to reduce the amount of on field congestion, interchange numbers will also be slashed from 120 per match to 90, with clubs to have four interchange players on the bench.


Forced changes such as the blood rule, concussion assessment and players being stretchered from the ground will not be counted as part of the interchange cap.