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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

AFL introduces nine new rules for 2019


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The AFL have introduced nine new rule and interpretation changes for the 2019 season.

After a year of consultation with the game analysis team, the league advised clubs on Thursday that the Commission had approved the new set of rules coming to effect at the beginning of next season.

The AFL believes the changes will produce a “more free-flowing, instinctinve football” with “more one-on-one contests.”

The biggest changes include players being able to play on from the goal-square without first kicking to themselves, and an extra five metres enforced for the man on the mark at kick-ins.

The hands-in-the-back rule will also be scrapped.

The widely expected change of enforcing traditional playing positions off the centre bounce will come into effect with six players required to star in the two 50 metre arcs, four in the centre square and two on the wing.

Players will be given more space after marking or off a free kick deep in defence.

AFL Football operations manager Steve Hocking endorsed the changes and was positive over their impact on the game.

"We have listened to our fans, players, coaches, umpires and clubs. The rule changes and interpretations protect and respect the traditions of Australian Football while progressing our game," Hocking said.

"We all want more of what makes our game great – free-flowing passages of play, one-on-one contests, and players having space to play on instinct.

"These changes are about giving players the best chance to play the best game, and giving the fans more of what they love."

MORE TO COME.

The AFL have introduced nine new rule and interpretation changes for the 2019 season.

After a year of consultation with the game analysis team, the league advised clubs on Thursday that the Commission had approved the new set of rules coming to effect at the beginning of next season.

The AFL believes the changes will produce a “more free-flowing, instinctinve football” with “more one-on-one contests.”

The biggest changes include players being able to play on from the goal-square without first kicking to themselves, and an extra five metres enforced for the man on the mark at kick-ins.

The hands-in-the-back rule will also be scrapped.

The widely expected change of enforcing traditional playing positions off the centre bounce will come into effect with six players required to star in the two 50 metre arcs, four in the centre square and two on the wing.

Players will be given more space after marking or off a free kick deep in defence.

AFL Football operations manager Steve Hocking endorsed the changes and was positive over their impact on the game.

"We have listened to our fans, players, coaches, umpires and clubs. The rule changes and interpretations protect and respect the traditions of Australian Football while progressing our game," Hocking said.

"We all want more of what makes our game great – free-flowing passages of play, one-on-one contests, and players having space to play on instinct.

"These changes are about giving players the best chance to play the best game, and giving the fans more of what they love."

MORE TO COME.

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