The AFL will introduce ‘AFL Edge’ in Thursday night’s season opener, a system which is being touted as their version of cricket’s ‘Snickometer’.
According to afl.com.au, microphone technology will be integrated into goalposts to decide whether or not a ball has touched the post. The audio from these microphones will be used alongside the Hawk-eye video feed, to solve questionable decisions.
The system will only be used at venues which have goal line cameras installed, including the MCG, Marvel Stadium, Optus Stadium and Adelaide Oval.
Smaller venues such as Blundstone Arena in Hobart and UNSW Canberra Oval will not have the technology.
The AFL football operations team has conducted extensive testing of the new technology and is confident it will erase issues such as last year’s contentious Showdown finish.
In that incident, Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins claimed that his match-winning goal against Port Adelaide may have touched the post.
The AFL review system was first introduced in 2014.