Two-time premiership Kangaroo and prominent AFL analyst David King has suggested backward kicks should be called ‘play-on’ in an effort to speed up the game.
The comments come as many teams have adopted a slow-paced, mark-and-kick approach in an attempt to limit costly back-half turnovers.
Three teams took more than 95 marks per game last year, led by eventual premier West Coast at 101.1 marks per game.
That number has ballooned to seven teams taking more than 95 marks per game so far in 2019, with Collingwood leading the way at 121.5 marks per game.
King said such a game style is not constructive, and that the AFL may need to intervene.
“I think we’ll end up discussing that if you do kick the ball backwards it’s a play-on,” King told SEN Mornings.
“I think that’ll be a discussion at the end of the year because the possession retention and slowly moving down the ground is just taking minutes off the clock.”
King believes such a rule may be necessary to incentivise faster ball movement.
“If you want to switch the ball backwards and across, you’ve got to do it at speed which is what we want, we want the game in motion, or you take territory,” he said.
“We want high marking, we want contests, so it forces you to go forward.”
Collingwood took 174 marks in its round two win over Richmond, the fifth-most by one team in a single game of all time.