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AFL is already great, it doesn't need to be made great again

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AFLX was inspired by a worthy idea.

The AFL wanted to create a game that can be played on rectangular fields in non-traditional football markets to showcase the game.

Flashback: AFL chief executive Gil McLachlan launched the AFLX competition back in January. It will have a new look next year.Credit:AAP

But on February 22 at Marvel Stadium, this hotchpotch of a game will take football to a place it does not need to go, a place that diminishes, albeit marginally, the beauty of the actual game played and followed with such passion –on that same arena – each winter.

The marketing fluff from Ticketmaster declares that AFLX will "showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of the game".

It won't.

In shortened versions of other sports, some of that might be true.

You are likely to see more sixes and brilliant fielding in a T20 game than you are in a day's Test cricket.

More tries are likely in Rugby Sevens as space is created that allows players to dodge through more gaps and explode from a pack more often than in traditional rugby.

However, AFLX will be played at the same venue as the traditional game, on a modified field by players representing teams with comical made up names and no winning........

© Canberra Times