AFL Overview of the Concept
AFLX is a new and exciting game created by the AFL to showcase some of the most thrilling elements of Australian Football to attract new fans. While there are some familiar aspects for fans, this new game will provide a very different experience. AFLX is played on a rectangular field with seven players on the field and three on the bench. AFLX is an express form of the game, with explosive action exhilarating fans of all ages. Get ready for 10-point super goals, last-touch out of bounds and non-stop action on and off the field. The inaugural 2018 AFLX tournament promises to be a great family experience with something for fans of all ages. AFLX promises to be a different experience, with game-day featuring flames, music DJs, in-game commentary, roving performers, kids and family zones and giveaways. The AFL wants fans to have the opportunity to help shape this new form of the game and influence what it looks like in the future. The 2018 AFLX tournament will see games played across three days, with the first at Hindmarsh Stadium on Thursday, February 15, followed by matches at Etihad Stadium on Friday, February 16 and Allianz Stadium on Saturday, February 17. Each event day will feature six teams at with two pools of three teams playing in a round-robin format. A Grand Final will be played at each event.

The Rules
- Playing field; a rectangle length 100-120m, width 60-70m, 40m arc
- 10 players; 7 on the field and 3 on the interchange bench
- Starting positions; 2 forwards, 2 defenders, 3 midfielders
- 2 x 10 minute halves with no time on
- Ruck ball-ups
- Last touch out of bounds is a free kick
- 25m penalties
- Kick backwards is play on unless in the forward 40
- Zooper goal is worth 10 points (kicked outside of 40m arc)
- 20 second shot clock
- Rushed behind results in a set shot from 40m
- Kick in from any score

The AFLX Competition was broken down into three tournaments that was played in Adelaide 15/2/18, Melbourne 16/2/18 and Sydney 17/2/18. There was a tournament winner for each of the three competitions.

Adelaide Tournament 15th February, 2018.
Game 1 - Geelong 72 d Port Adelaide 60
Game 2 - Adelaide Crows 65 d Collingwood 37
Game 3 - Geelong 57 d Fremantle 40
Game 4 - Adelaide Crows 53 d West Coast Eagles 46
Game 5 - Fremantle 54 d Port Adelaide 37
Game 6 - Collingwood 52 d West Coast Eagles 37
Grand Final - Adelaide Crows 55 d Geelong 47

Melbourne Tournament 16th February, 2018.
Game 1 - Melbourne 82 d Carlton 54
Game 2 - Hawthorn 72 d Essendon 54
Game 3 - Nth Melbourne 83 d Carlton 68
Game 4 - St Kilda 52 d Essendon 37
Game 5 - Melbourne 70 d North Melbourne 46
Game 6 - Hawthorn 77 d St Kilda 55
Grand Final - Melbourne 56 d Hawthorn 46

Sydney Tournament 17th February, 2018.
Game 1 - Richmond 49 d GWS Giants 34
Game 2 - Sydney Swans 88 d Western Bulldogs 36
Game 3 - Brisbane Lions 66 d Richmond 61
Game 4 - Gold Coast Suns 87 d Western Bulldogs 22
Game 5 - Brisbane Lions 64 d GWS Giants 58
Game 6 - Sydney Swans 72 d Gold Coast Suns 41
Grand Final - Brisbane Lions 67 d Sydney Swans 41

Carlton Games

The AFL trialled AFLX in February 2018 and the Blues participated in games against the Demons and The Roos.

Carlton named a 16 man squad for its AFLX games;
1. Jack Silvagni
2. Paddy Dow
4. Lochie O'Brien
7. Matthew Kennedy
11. Sam Kerridge
13. Jed Lamb
22. Caleb Marchbank
24. Cam O'Shea
25. Zac Fisher
26. Harrison Macreadie
27. Matthew Lobbe
28. David Cuningham
29. Cameron Polson
31. Tom Williamson
33. Jarrod Pickett
42. Kym LeBois

Games Review

While the Blues lost both of their games and were the first team knocked out, they would have been pleased with the signs shown by emerging midfielder Zac Fisher. The 19-year-old's speed through the centre of the ground and penetrating kick look like being assets for the Blues in 2018. No.3 draft pick Paddy Dow also showed good signs, particularly with his smarts in cutting off opposition kicks. He was consistent across both matches, while fellow first-round draftee Lochie O'Brien was kept to one match but looked comfortable. Jarrod Pickett provided the highlights with his sharpness around goal and creativity against the Kangaroos, with new Blue Matt Kennedy winning 18 possessions across the two shortened games. Ruckman Matthew Lobbe and midfielder David Cuningham were held out of both matches. - Nathan Schmook for AFL.com.au

Game 1

Carlton 1.3.2 30 2.5.4 54
Melbourne 5.0.3 53 7.1.6 82
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Friday 16 February 2018
Result: Lost by 28 points
Crowd: 22,585
Goalkickers: J. Lamb 1.1.0 *, T. Williamson 1.0.0 *, J. Silvagni, L. O'Brien, P. Dow, C. Polson 0.1.0, M. Kennedy, C. Marchbank 0.0.1, Rushed 0.0.2
Reports: Nil
Umpires: TBA
Injuries: Nil

  • Note: Jed Lamb and Tom Williamson both booted a Zooper goal each.


Defenders: 26 Harrison Macreadie 31 Tom Williamson
Midfielders: 7 Matt Kennedy 22 Caleb Marchbank 2 Paddy Dow
Forwards: 33 Jarrod Pickett 1 Jack Silvagni
Interchange: 4 Lochie O'Brien 13 Jed Lamb 29 Cameron Polson
Coaches: Dale Amos and Tim Clarke (Carlton Assistant Coaches)

Game 2

Carlton 4.1.5 51 5.2.6 68
Nth Melbourne 3.2.3 45 5.4.9 83
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Friday 16 February 2018
Result: Lost by 15 points
Crowd: 22,585
Goalkickers: J. Pickett 1.1.1, LeBois 1.1.0, Z. Fisher 1.0.0, Macreadie 1.0.0, C. O'Shea, 1.0.0, C. Marchbank 0.0.2, M. Kennedy 0.1.1, S. Kerridge 0.0.1, C. Polson 0.0.1.
Reports: Nil
Umpires: TBA
Injuries: Nil

  • Note: J. Pickett, H.Macreadie, K. LeBois, Z. Fisher and C. O'Shea all booted a Zooper goal each.


Defenders: 26 Harrison Macreadie 24 Cam O'Shea
Midfielders: 11 Sam Kerridge 22 Caleb Marchbank 25 Zac Fisher
Forwards: 33 Jarrod Pickett 42 Kym LeBois
Interchange: 7 Matthew Kennedy 2 Paddy Dow 29 Cameron Polson
Coaches: Dale Amos and Tim Clarke (Carlton Assistant Coaches)

IN; S. Fisher, S. Kerridge, K. LeBois, C. O'Shea
OUT: J. Lamb, L. O'Brien, J.Silvagni, T. Williamson

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