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GB Swans skipper reviews IC17
Authored by: Laura Turner on Monday, September 04 2017 @ 12:37 am ACST

Regarding the number of on field players I would welcome the change to 16 a side as a player the game certainly does feel very congested at times. I personally know that many of my teammates posses very accurate and composed kicking and hand passing skills that were difficult to showcase during the International Cup because of the number of players swarming the ball. In Europe we play a lot of 9 a side games due to a lack of ovals (9 a side games are played on a Rugby pitch) which are brilliant for allowing players the time on the ball to run and carry and play more exciting, positive and impressive football. I agree that with two less players on the pitch it is a practically undetectable difference to notice, take the AFLW for example, there has been little or no criticism of the reduced numbers and it has allowed the game to be a more open and exciting affair. Some might argue that these changes to the rules are changing the game and taking it away from its historic form but there is nothing to say that in a few years time the decision might be reviewed and a return to 18 a side could happen. If it is good enough for AFLW it is good enough for me!


GB Swans skipper reviews IC17
Authored by: Cam Homes on Monday, September 04 2017 @ 10:10 pm ACST

Back in the 1950's - 1970's the Victorian Football Association (VFA) played at 16-a-side for who knows for how many years. The VFA contested the AFL/AFC night tournament(the VFL considered the contest beneath themselves) along with SANFL, WAFL and I think teams from Tasmania if I recall correctly, So playing 16-a-side is not new.