Officiating within the AFL is about to succeed in breaking level, with an actual hazard that the foundations and the way they’re adjudicated could begin to considerably have an effect on attendances.
Whereas the AFL argue that the 6-6-6 rule-change has seen a greater model of soccer performed, it actually hasn’t elevated scoring.
So right here’s my two bob’s value – eight easy modifications that can enhance the sport.
Just one umpire per match bounces the ball
The required talent of bouncing the ball at the beginning of matches limits the expertise pool from which the AFL can recruit.
Whereas I can see why the AFL desires to take care of the bounce, just one umpire can ever do it at anyone time, so let’s have one bouncer and two different umpires.
This implies a bigger group of potential umpires to select from, which is able to absolutely result in higher officiating.
In ruck contests, let the 2 ruckmen do (primarily) no matter they need
Most free kicks in ruck contests fall someplace between extremely technical and inexplicable. So, until the motion is harmful or a transparent free kick (like one ruckman tackling the opposite earlier than the ball is thrown up), allow them to do no matter.
Slightly maintain with the off arm, leaning within the again, a take a look at the opponent earlier than initiating contact: all high quality.
Amend the third man up rule to make sure one ruckman from every workforce contests
This one looks as if widespread sense. None of this nominating malarkey.
In marking contests, a complete prohibition on blocking the ball
This may unencumber scoring. In the intervening time, once we see two defenders on one ahead, one defender ensures the ahead can’t contest, whereas the opposite takes an uncontested mark.
Let’s put an finish to that and provides the ahead the chance to contest the ball.
As soon as this free kick is paid on a regular basis, scoring will improve (and we could get one other 100 goals-in-a-season ahead).
For the intentionally rushed behind, make a unique participant kick it in
This rule was created because the sledgehammer to smash the peanut. Let defenders rush behinds once more, however the participant who rushed it shouldn’t be allowed to kick it in, thus slowing the play. Drawback solved.
Penalise gamers who deal with the tackler
This may cease packs forming. Solely the participant with the ball may be tackled – you possibly can’t seize the bloke doing the tackling if he’s on the opposite workforce.
Change the deliberate out of bounds rule to ‘sole intent’
This one is about making the sport simpler to umpire. One of many large issues with officiating is the issue, with umpires often being requested to guage what goes via a participant’s thoughts.
Whereas this doesn’t utterly repair this drawback, it certain makes the rule simpler for umpires to adjudicate (together with the proposed change to the deliberate rushed behind rule above).
And at last…
Let one umpire overrule one other if they’ve a greater view
Typically an umpire pays a push or a high-contact free, however it’s clear that there was no free from one other viewpoint.
Umpires ought to be capable to talk about these ones if the non-controlling umpire has a greater perspective.
Put all these instructed rule modifications collectively and the sport would enhance.