AFLX is now officially a real thing

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    One of the AFL’s worst-kept secrets is finally official, with the league announcing on Friday that AFLX will be part of the 2018 pre-season schedule.

    Three separate round-robin tournaments of the league’s new hybrid game will be played in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

    The tournaments will be held on the weekend before the shortened two-match pre-season series gets underway.

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    • November 17th 2017 @ 9:57pm
      Aligee said | November 17th 2017 @ 9:57pm | ! Report

      Well we shall see, footy fans are traditionally traditional, whether it get some new fans on a regular basis time will tell of course, people within the footy community but not the AFL heirachy have been calling for smaller sided games for many years.

    • November 17th 2017 @ 10:01pm
      Aligee said | November 17th 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

      In fact indoor footy has been played for years, and plans for smaller sided games have been submitted to the AFL by people who have run these games and others of a similar nature, of course the AFL has decided against all these projects that may have been mutually beneficial and started their own ignoring the pioneers of these games.

      • November 17th 2017 @ 10:18pm
        Stephen said | November 17th 2017 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

        I think the AFL have been fairly clever with this. Loosely similar to cricket’s 20/20. It will be a high paced game – which is probably consistent with today’s culture. AFLX is also to be played on a soccer style pitch of similar dimensions. Two ten minute halves. Seven per side. Last touch out of bounds etc. etc.

        Always good to try something new and interesting. And one of the challenges for our game overseas has been the size/shape of the ground. I’m sure our game will continue to grow domestically – but if AFLX does have more overseas appeal – that can’t be a bad thing.

        • November 18th 2017 @ 7:13pm
          Aligee said | November 18th 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

          It is extremely difficult to put a team of 18 players plus 6 or so reserves ( local club) a couple of water runners, medico, timekeeper, 2 x runner to run coaching changes, interchange steward, then coaching staff and managers, not to mention umpiring including boundary and goal which are usually parents or friends.

          Bloody hard work to get a team on the paddock, it’s tiring thinking about it, surely AFLX will be easier for clubs if this game trickles down to grassroots.

          • November 18th 2017 @ 7:28pm
            Stephen said | November 18th 2017 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

            Its been going on like that at the local level Aligee for decades. And the more youngsters playing – usually translates to more parental assistance. But you’re right – the streamlined version of AFLX should theoretically be simpler to manage.

            Hadn’t really considered this game at a junior level. But on quick reflection – it can only broaden the appeal of Aussies Rules – potentially taking some market share from the fast-growing junior soccer.

    • November 17th 2017 @ 10:28pm
      dave said | November 17th 2017 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

      I would like to see a shortened version of the game where one player kicks to a group of players.The player that takes the mark then becomes the kicker.

      • November 17th 2017 @ 10:59pm
        Stephen said | November 17th 2017 @ 10:59pm | ! Report

        Don’t fully understand your point Dave.

      • November 18th 2017 @ 1:29am
        dontknowmuchaboutfootball said | November 18th 2017 @ 1:29am | ! Report

        I like the sound of this dave. Can I suggest that the one who takes the mark and becomes the kicker must then kick it back towards the original kicker (who is also accompanied by a group of players)?

        • November 18th 2017 @ 5:13pm
          dave said | November 18th 2017 @ 5:13pm | ! Report

          I forgot to mention if a mark is not taken one of the players takes the ball and performs multiple dummies and fakes before kicking back.He also has to say something like’Look at Rioli break free”.
          Hard tackling is frowned upon unless the person with ball has been going overboard with his Rioli comments.
          The game could be played on small ovals and parks everywhere and we could call it kick to kick.
          Or even better we call it K2K.Even better than that would be K2KX.

          • November 18th 2017 @ 7:07pm
            Aligee said | November 18th 2017 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

            I have also heard it called “king of the pack”, by in my day sat school it was simply kick to kick

          • November 19th 2017 @ 8:38am
            Jon Kau said | November 19th 2017 @ 8:38am | ! Report

            Back before the AFL, we called it Marks Up, but K2KX works better than MUX

            • November 19th 2017 @ 10:14am
              Aligee said | November 19th 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

              One of those things, some people grew up in a area where screamers were used for a mark, others speccy, others again hangers.

              You can also spell spekkie- specky, spekky and speccy

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      November 17th 2017 @ 10:46pm
      anon said | November 17th 2017 @ 10:46pm | ! Report

      I hope they experiment.

      Allow only 4 interchange rotations throughout the game. Precise kicking and handballing, good marking will be rewarded over cardio ability.

      Enforce zones by corralling a certain number of players in 50m arcs at stoppages to discourage career coaches from gaming/abusing the system with unimaginative floods and presses.

      Allow effective shepherding within 5 metres of the ball to discourage players from the gaming/aubsing the system by ducking into tackles, congregating around the ball like seagulls hopeful for a chip.

      Can’t wait for AFLX!!!

    • Roar Guru

      November 21st 2017 @ 7:51am
      Redb said | November 21st 2017 @ 7:51am | ! Report

      AFLX is a bit of reverse engineering for the AFL here. The game has been played overseas (particularly the US) for years in a similar format on rectangular grounds with less players. A product of necessity.

      It remains to be seen whether enough top line players from the clubs will give it a crack to provide some gravitas for fans, just as the recent International Rules series benefited from.

      • November 21st 2017 @ 8:59pm
        Martin said | November 21st 2017 @ 8:59pm | ! Report

        I would like to see International Rules played on an oval ground to make it more spectacular for the public to watch.

        • November 22nd 2017 @ 1:15pm
          Aligee said | November 22nd 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

          I would totally agree, play it on a Oval ground.

          Eddie betts pocket!

    • November 21st 2017 @ 9:29pm
      Floyd Calhoun said | November 21st 2017 @ 9:29pm | ! Report

      I’m a bit confused. What exactly is AFLX bringing to the game that isn’t already extant?

      • November 21st 2017 @ 9:58pm
        Mattyb said | November 21st 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

        Floyd,a game with less contact that will be attractive at junior level and a game that can be played on rectangular fields that are more common in NSW and Queensland.

        • November 21st 2017 @ 11:13pm
          Floyd Calhoun said | November 21st 2017 @ 11:13pm | ! Report

          Fair enough. Thanks.

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