The AFL has told clubs that there will never be mid-season rule changes again.
Any changes to the game will be announced in October ahead of the next season.
The announcement was made after the AFL Competition Committee had its first meeting in Melbourne today.
"Any changes to the game moving forward, we'll actually look at delivering that to clubs and fans (and) the broader competition by October," General Manager of Football Operations Steve Hocking said.
"We're moving away from rules changes or any changes to the game in January or February of a new season.
“We've given that commitment today."
The meeting included 12 presidents, coaches, CEOs, players and football bosses.
There are two more meetings this year in July and August.