Sydney Derby Grand Final a possibility for AFLX
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has announced the fixtures for the three 2018 AFLX Tournament in February.
The GWS GIANTS will kick-off proceedings in Sydney on February 17, taking on reigning Premiers, Richmond in this first match of the day at 4.10pm. Following this, the Sydney Swans will play the Western Bulldogs at 4.38pm for their first match of the tournament.
Visit X.afl to get you and your family tickets to AFLX.
With the GIANTS and Swans in opposing ‘Pools’ – GIANTS in Pool A and Swans in Pool B – the potential for a Sydney Derby AFLX Grand Final is on the cards.
“AFLX allows us to showcase the best and most thrilling skills of Australian Football in a different and new way for fans, players, clubs and broadcasters,” Mr McLachlan said.
“Fans have the chance to be part of history as tickets to the three AFLX Tournaments are on-sale now via X.afl.
“Fans who can’t get to the venues, are able to watch live nationally on the free-to-air channels of Seven and its digital platforms, on Fox Footy only on Foxtel and its digital platforms and in partnership with Telstra via the Official AFL website AFL.com.au and the Official AFL Live App created by Telstra, and will deliver the action live, fast and data-free for Telstra mobile customers. Fans will also be able to watch replays in full via the Telstra TV AFL App.
“The three tournaments across three days in three cities, are a great way to introduce the AFLX version of the game and especially to those who haven’t experienced AFL before.
“Footy fans, kids and families should expect the unexpected during the 2018 AFLX Tournaments with plenty of fun happening on and off field,” he said.
Each AFLX Tournament match consists of two ten-minute halves with no time on and with a three-minute half time break. There will be a five minute break in between each of the six AFLX pool matches and a ten-minute break leading into the Grand Final.
The full fixture of each the Sydney AFLX tournament is as follows:
Saturday February 17
Allianz Stadium – SYDNEY
Gates open at 3.00pm AEDT
Broadcast: Live nationally on 7Mate (and Seven’s digital platforms), Fox Footy (and Foxtel’s digital platforms) and Telstra via AFL.com.au and the Official AFL Live App
Pool A: Greater Western Sydney, Richmond, Brisbane Lions
Pool B: Sydney, Western Bulldogs, Gold Coast
Schedule (times in AEDT)
4.10pm – GWS v Richmond
4.38pm – Sydney v Western Bulldogs
5.06pm – Richmond v Brisbane Lions
5.34pm – Western Bulldogs v Gold Coast
6.02pm – Brisbane Lions v GWS
6.30pm – Gold Coast v Sydney
7.03pm – Grand Final
The 2018 AFLX Tournament ticketing information is as follows:
- Adult – $15
- Concession – $10
- Family – $30
- Kids 12 and Under – Free
Tickets via: X.afl (all that needs to be typed into an internet browser)
AFLX is a new and different version of Australian Football and has been designed to take the traditional game from oval grounds to rectangular fields.
AFLX will still contain and showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of Australian Football in a shortened format, with seven players on the field and three on the bench.
The X in AFLX relates to the roman numeral character for the number ten which is a constant throughout the alternative version of the game.
Ten quick facts about AFLX
- 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.
- Two field umpires, two boundary umpires and one goal umpire at each end of the ground.
- Ten players per team, seven on field at all times and three on the interchange bench. No restrictions on player rotations.
- 10-minute quarters or halves depending on the tournament format.
- Free kick against for last touch out of bounds.
- Kick-ins from behind the goal line after all scores.
- No marks paid for backwards kicks (except in forward 40m area).
- Quarters commence with a ‘ball up’ in the centre and at least two players from each team starting inside the 40m arc.
- Free shot from forward 40m arc – directly in front for deliberate rushed behinds.
- 10-point super goals when goals kicked on the full from outside the 40m arch.