The AFL Commission will meet next week in a big to act on the recommendations put to them from the league’s competition committee.
The committee suggested the AFL implements the 6-6-6 starting positions as well as an 18-metre goal square, although The Age can reveal the AFL is set to ger rid of the hands in the back interpretation, changing it back to a push in the back.
This means a player can place his hand in the opponent’s back, and will only be penalised when he pushes the player.
The Age also believe the incorrect disposal, deliberate out of bounds, the protected area 50m penalty, contact below the knees and contact in ruck contests rules could be changed for the 2019 season.
It is unsure how much or how little each rule will change, with only the hands in the back rule to be changed to a push in the back made known to The Age.