It’s Time to Listen to the Fans


The launch of the annual AFL Fans Association Survey provides another opportunity for the AFL to hear the real voice of football fans.

Ron Issko, President of the AFL Fans Association said, “On behalf of all footy fans, the AFLFA seeks to ensure the independent voice of fans is considered in all of the decisions made by the AFL. While we appreciate that the league has many stakeholders, it is important the fans’ voice is heard.”

Ron says, “It is critical that issues important to fans such as increasing the allocation of Grand Final tickets to competing club members and providing fans a full fixture for the season including the strongly preferred 2.30pm Grand Final start time are considered.”

More Grand Final tickets for Competing Club Members

With record club memberships it’s time to increase the Grand Final ticket allocation to competing club members. With the MCG capacity remaining the same, more competing club members can attend the most important game of the season by the AFL revising the existing ticket allocation.

Ron said, “members of the competing clubs that go to the footy week in week out in the rain, hail, shine and interstate deserve to be at the Grand Final ahead of corporates that jump the queue and get handed or buy their way into the Grand Final for their one and only game of the season.”

“On behalf of all club members we are calling on the AFL to increase the current allocation of 17,000 per competing club to a minimum of 20,000 which is an additional 6,000 tickets” said Ron.

Ron explained that “The AFLFA would work collaboratively with the AFL to help determine where the extra tickets would come from. Reducing the ticket allocation to corporates is the most obvious opportunity.”

Full Fixture Release including 2.30pm Grand Final Start Time

The AFLFA continues to hear from frustrated fans about the personal impact of the lack of fixture certainty including the Grand Final start time. With cost of living becoming more difficult, the fixture uncertainty reduces the ability of fans to attend and watch as many matches as they would like.

Over the years, surveys and polls conducted by the AFLFA and many other media outlets have consistently shown that 3 out of 4 fans prefer a day Grand Final starting time of 2.30pm. This allows for the traditional Grand Final BBQ, time to celebrate or commiserate at end of the game with the young and elderly and allows those attending the match to return home in regional areas or interstate on the same day.

Ron said, “lets lock in the 2.30pm day Grand Final for the next decade and stop debating it. While we appreciate that broadcasters have different interests, fans overwhelmingly want the 2.30pm Grand Final time to be maintained. Any move to a twilight or night Grand Final would be going completely against the will of the majority of fans.”

AFL Fans Association 2024 Fans Survey

Yesterday the AFLFA launched their 2024 Fans Survey which give fans the opportunity to have a voice on all matters footy.

The results of the survey will be discussed with the AFL with the aim of resolving the main fan issues.

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Please complete the 2024 AFL Fans Association Survey. Here is the link to the survey:

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