The AFL is under fire for their attempt at a new experimental pre-season tournament that includes the chance to kick a 20-point goal.
The AFL X tournament, set for later this month, will involve four teams (without coaches) led by some of the biggest stars in the game.
The teams have two players each so far but on Wednesday those players will pick their teammates in a similar vein to when you picked teams at school.
The teams and their players so far are Team Deadly (Eddie Betts and Shaun Burgoyne), Team Rampage (Jack Riewoldt and Patrick Cripps), Team Flyers (Nat Fyfe and Marcus Bontempelli) and Team Bolts (Patrick Dangerfield and Luke Hodge).
In each game, when there’s five minutes left, the game will stop and each team will nominate a player who will be able to kick a goal worth 20 points if it is kicked from the ‘launch zone’.
He’ll be called the ‘Gatorade game changer’, and all his scoring will be doubled in those final five minutes.
We’re not making this up.
The game is played on rectangular playing fields, has 14 players on each team, with eight on the field at a time. Matches last 20minutes.
As you can see, it’s VERY different to normal footy and it will come as no shock that when the AFL posted the rules on social media, regular footy fans were not warming to the concept.
What an absolute train wreck this is.
— John R (@jrg46) February 4, 2019
This is honestly horrifying.
— Mitch (@MitchGetson) February 4, 2019
— Rory Flanagan (@Rory_Flanagan) February 4, 2019
I’m going to unfollow you until the real season starts.
— Jamie Manson (@jamiemanson101) February 4, 2019
Could seriously pump this wasted money into Grassroots Footy or even the Women’s League? Call me crazy 🤪🤪🤪
— Rohan Engdahl (@RojofitnessPT) February 4, 2019
Why don’t you just let the game changer make up his own rules
— AFHell – just a bankrupt VFL in disguise (@AF_Hell) February 4, 2019
If you’re still keen, AFLX starts on 22 February and will be broadcast on Channel 7 and Fox Footy.