17 November 2017

AFLX is coming to Allianz Stadium in February

AFLX, an alternative version of the traditional game, is coming to Allianz Stadium on Saturday, February 17 next year as part of an exciting new initiative for footy fans. 

The AFL wrote to the 18 clubs today outlining the addition of AFLX to run in the lead up to the 2018 JLT Community Series. The fast and exciting format of Australian Football, is to be played on a rectangular field and aims to showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of the game.

The public will get their first chance to see AFLX in February 2018 when Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney host individual tournaments featuring all 18 AFL Clubs. 

AFL General Manager of Game Development Andrew Dillon said the confirmation of AFLX was the first step in the launch of the alternative version of the traditional game.

"AFLX has been created to provide us with the options to play a form of the game in places where oval grounds are limited and to showcase our game internationally at a point in the future," Mr Dillon said. 

"Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide have each been chosen to host the individual tournaments with six clubs playing against each other in a round-robin format. 

"The decision to hold three individual tournaments during the men's 2018 pre-season period has been chosen to introduce clubs, their players, their fans and the wider public to the AFLX game,” he said.

The X in AFLX relates to the roman numeral character for the number ten which is a constant through the alternative version of the game. Here are some facts about AFLX:

  1. Played on a rectangular field (approx. 70m width x 110m length) with four posts at each end (as per a normal AFL field). Ground markings will showcase X as the centre square and 40m arcs.
  2. Two field umpires, two boundary umpires and one goal umpire at each end of the ground.
  3. Ten players per team, seven on field at all times and three on the interchange bench. No restrictions on player rotations.
  4. 10-minute quarters or halves depending on the tournament format.
  5. Free kick against for last touch out of bounds.
  6. Kick-ins from behind the goal line after all scores.
  7. No marks paid for backwards kicks (except in forward 40m area).
  8. Quarters commence with a ‘ball up’ in the centre and at least two players from each team starting inside the 40m arc.
  9. Free shot from forward 40m arc – directly in front for deliberate rushed behinds.
  10. 10-point super goals when goals kicked on the full from outside the 40m arc.

In the week prior to the commencement of the 2018 JLT Community Series, an individual tournament will be held at Allianz Stadium. Further information and ticketing details will be provided in coming weeks.

Saturday, February 17
Timeslot to be confirmed
Allianz Stadium – SYDNEY
Teams competing: Sydney Swans, GWS Giants, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast Suns, Richmond and the Western Bulldogs