|Most recent season or competition:|
2019 AFLX tournament
|Sport||Altered version of Australian rules football|
|Founded||6 February 2018|
|No. of teams|
|Headquarters||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Sponsor(s)||Zooper Dooper and Toyota|
AFLX was a shortened variation of Australian rules football, played in 2018 and 2019 as a pre-season event in the Australian Football League (AFL). The altered version of the game was founded in 2017 in an attempt to appeal to a wider audience outside of its origin country of Australia.The format of AFLX events has varied – the 2019 tournament consisted of four teams each captained by a high-profile AFL footballer.
In August 2019, the AFL confirmed AFLX would not return in 2020.
The rules of the game differ from Australian rules football in some significant ways. The game is played on a rectangular soccer-sized pitch, allowing matches to be hosted by stadiums that usually lack the suitable field dimensions for Australian rules football. The format is evolving and AFLX 2019 will see slightly changed rules:
On 6 February 2018, AFLX was launched by AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan at Docklands Stadium. McLachlan said that AFLX would help promote football internationally.
The 2018 competition attracted more than 40,000 fans to tournaments in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. In Melbourne, TV ratings were reported as "modest" by AFL standards, with the three events drawing an average five-city metro audience of over 120,000 on Channel Seven's secondary channels.
In August 2019, the AFL confirmed AFLX would not return in 2020 to allow a greater focus on AFLW.
The reception to the game among fans and the media has been mostly poor, [ who? ] have also noted that admitting a Tasmanian team to the competition would cost less and be of greater benefit to the league. Con Stavros of RMIT's school of Economics, Finance and Marketing, has expressed doubts about the potential of AFLX to export Australian rules football but acknowledged that using rectangular playing fields instead of the standard cricket ones would make such expansion easier.with ABC Grandstand journalist Richard Hinds being particularly savage in labelling it a "hollow, unappealing, pressure-free, atmosphere-deficient, oval-in-a-rectangle hole yawn-fest". Other critics
|2018||Group A: Adelaide Crows |
Group B: Melbourne Demons
Group C: Brisbane Lions
Note: teams are correct as of 2019 tournament.
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