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New Rules

New Rules

AFL Barwon has announced new rules coming into country footy in the region

New rules will come into the 2019 local footy season. The new 6/6/6 rule in the AFL will not come into the local footy scene.

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• For a free kick from a Behind a Player will no longer need to kick to himself to play on out of the goal square.
• Following a Behind the man on the mark will be 10 metres from the top of the goal square. (currently 5 metres).
Marks/Free kicks:
• For all defenders who take a mark or gain a free kick within 9 metres of their own goal, the man on the mark for the attacking team will be brought in line
with the top of the goal square.
Umpire Contact:
• Players will be prohibited from setting up behind the Umpire at each Centre Ball Up.
50 Metre Penalty
• Stricter on the infringing player, allowing the player with the ball to advance The Mark by 50 metres without the infringing player delaying the game.
• In addition, the player with the football will be able to play on during the advancement of the 50 metre penalty.
Kicking for Goal post-siren – Centre of Goal Line:
• A Player who has been awarded a Mark or Free Kick once play has ended will now be able to kick across their body using a Snap or Check-side kick. The
Player shall dispose of the football directly in line with the man on the mark and the centre of the goal line.
Marking Contest:
• “Hands in the back” rule interpretation to be repealed, allowing a player to place his hands on the back of his opponent to protect his position in a
marking contest, but not Push the Player in the back.
Ruck Contests – Prior Opportunity:
• A Ruck Player who takes possession of the football while contesting a ball up by a field umpire or boundary throw in by a boundary umpire, will not be
regarded as having had prior opportunity. Where there is uncertainty over who is the designated Ruck, the ruck for each team will continue to nominate
to the field umpire.

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