Early call on footy rules
A decision on which of the AFL’s new rules that will be implemented into country football will be made early next year, according to WA Country Football League general manager Joe Georgiades.
The AFL recently revealed nine new rules and interpretations which would be implemented into the top league next year, including changes to the ruck, hands-in-theback rule and the enforcement of set playing positions at centre bounces.
The WACFL does not always copy the same rules as the AFL, with neither the deliberate out-ofbounds nor the now-defunct substitute rules being used.
Mr Georgiades said the league’s board would assess the new rules and make a decision before the start of next season.
“We try to get as much consistency as we can across the 25 country leagues and keep it as similar to the AFL as possible,” he said.
“We will see what comes down from the AFL and consult with the WAFC umpiring department (before a decision is made).”
Many of the new rules set by the AFL have been put forward to try to limit congestion in the game, something which Georgiades acknowledged was not as prevalent in the country game.
Georgiades said each region had an umpire coordinator who would be in charge of making sure the game’s officials were well prepared.
“It is about how quickly we can get training to our umpires,” he said.
“It’s not ideal, but it is how football at community level works.
“(If there were changes) we would send an email to the leagues and clubs before the season.”