The AFL has decided to introduce Good Friday football from 2016 and possibly as early as next year, the ABC reports.
'For the first time, the AFL Commission has approved scheduling of an AFL match on Good Friday,' Commission Chairman, Mike Fitzpatrick, told a news conference yesterday.
'There has been a growing appetite to hold a game on this day and on balance we believe the time is right,' he said.
'AFL matches are scheduled on every other public holiday during the season. It's now up to the AFL executive to determine whether or not to create a Good Friday fixture and if so when and where.
'Other details as to who might compete in such a game will follow later.'
New AFL Chief Executive, Gillon McLachlan, acknowledged that the departure of his predecessor, Andrew Demetriou, had changed the dynamic of the argument, given that Demetriou was an opponent of staging a game on the religious holiday.
But McLachlan said the concept of playing on Good Friday might not be a good fit for the league's fixture in 2015.