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After almost 2 seasons writing largely defamatory articles about the football industry, The Daily Maggot has decided to give something back.
Today, we propose a new fixture structure for the AFL which we think will cure many of the deficiencies of the current draw.
Our proposal may be similar to other ideas out there (eg a recent article posted on TheRoar.com.au and discussion on Big Footy), but we have not intended to steal anyone’s idea. Given the countless number of times Before The Game has shamelessly ripped-off our material, blatant plagiarism is an issue close to our hearts.
Under our proposal, the season is to be broken up into three parts:
1. Regular season – Rounds 1-17. During the Regular season each team will play all other teams once. To combat concerns regarding home ground advantage – if Melbourne plays West Coast in Victoria during one season, they will play in Perth the following season.
2. Pre finals – Rounds 18-22. During Pre-finals, the league will be broken into three temporary divisions.
During Pre-finals each team will play the other 5 teams in its division once. The location of the game depends on where those teams met during the Regular season. For example, if West Coast played Sydney during the Regular season in Perth, they would meet in Sydney in the Pre-finals.
Teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3, will have different incentives.
3. Finals – The top 8 finals series will remain as it currently is. Finals will be comprised of the six Division 1 teams and the top two Division 2 teams.
Benefits of our proposal
This proposal will address 3 recurring issues of the current fixture:
If you like this idea, please post in on your Facebook / Twitter accounts. Let’s get this out there to ensure our great game is no longer compromised.