The AFL discussion paper
The AFL today sent a discussion paper to the 16 clubs, seeking feedback on a number of topics relating to the laws of the game.
* Deliberately-rushed behinds (NAB Cup trial, but possibly introduced for next year’s regular season)
Suggested rule changes:
- free kick from wherever the ball is rushed
- bouncing a certain distance from goal
- throw in or free kick at the behind post
- the player who rushed the behind cannot bring the ball into play, or the flags must be waved before play resumes
- free kick from the intersection of the 50m arc and the boundary line.
* Free after disposal (NAB Cup trial) – awarding a 50m penalty as well as the free kick.
* Interchange infringements – lessening the penalty.
- If the team at fault is in possession, they give away a free from where play has stopped
- If the opposition has possession, they gain a free and a 50m penalty from where play has stopped.
* Increasing the number of field umpires from three to four.
* Continuing to use four boundary umpires.
* Continuing the NAB Cup trial of a “no-go” zone for umpires at centre bounces and perhaps extending it to next year’s regular season.
* Recalling badly off-line bounces.
* Re-positioning the goal-line so it is level with the back of the padding, not the posts themselves.
* Introducing a free kick for “misconduct” – currently this is only a reportable offence (eg squirting a drink bottle into an opponent’s face or throwing objects during play).
* If a side has possession when a stretcher stops play, it will keep possession when play resumes.
* If a player shooting for goal tries to use the field umpire as a screen, the mark is re-set.
SPECIFIC NAB CUP PROPOSALS
* Legal kicking distance increased to 20m
* Removing several Cup-specific rules, including no mark for a backwards kick in defence, play on when the ball hits a post and boundary throw-ins from 10m inside the line.
* Clubs must name a certain number of under-23 players in the first two rounds – 13, including at least one rookie in round one; 11, including at least one rookie in round two.
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