Fans have the opportunity to be part of history as tickets to the inaugural AFLX tournaments go on sale today via X.afl.
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 2018 AFLX concept sees three cities host three tournaments across three separate days in February, with the Western Bulldogs scheduled to play in Sydney on Saturday, February 17 in a tournament featuring GWS, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Richmond and the Sydney Swans.
Adelaide, Melbourne will also host individual tournaments, beginning on Thursday February 15 at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Each tournament will see six AFL clubs competing across two pool groups that culminate with the best teams competing in a tournament Grand Final.
Fans will enjoy seven matches in total at each tournament, including the Grand Final, with each match consisting of two ten minute halves.
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 arc.
Thursday February 15
Hindmarsh Stadium – ADELAIDE
Teams competing: Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide, Fremantle, West Coast Eagles, Collingwood and Geelong Cats
Friday February 16
Etihad Stadium – MELBOURNE
Teams competing: Carlton, Essendon, North Melbourne, St Kilda, Hawthorn and Melbourne
Saturday February 17
Allianz Stadium – SYDNEY
Teams competing: Sydney Swans, GWS GIANTS, Brisbane Lions, Gold Coast SUNS, Richmond and the Western Bulldogs
Further information, including details of an official launch of AFLX, will be provided in the coming weeks along with ticketing details for the Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney tournaments.
*All times shown are local.
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