The AFL will continue with its trial of possible new rule changes in the VFL this weekend.
The match between Coburg and Werribee to be played at Piranha Park on Saturday afternoon will see a larger goalsquare be in play for kick-outs as on-going research continues into the potential rule changes.
The rule of starting positions being enforced at centre square bounces will once again be trialed, as the set up of six forwards, six midfielders and six defenders will be in effect.
This possible new rule will be applied to bounces at the start of every quarter and after goals, but not for stoppages which includes around the ground and boundary throw-ins.
AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking told afl.com.au he is thankful Coburg and Werribee are willing to take part in these trials.
“The AFL was given a clear message by the Competition Committee and each of the clubs we have met with so far that all parties need to see much more data on how one to two key considerations that we are potentially looking at for AFL games in the future, may look when in action for a full game,” Hocking told AFL Media.
“The AFL is greatly appreciative of the offer by AFL Victoria and the respective clubs in Coburg and Werribee to trial these considerations in an VFL match.
“It will provide us with a valuable opportunity to make a much more detailed assessment of how these two trial considerations work over a full game.”
If needed, more probable rule trials will be conducted in the VFL as the AFL search for a way to improve the game.
AFL Victoria CEO Steven Reaper said the competition is happy to offer games to be apart of the study.
“The pleasing aspect for us was the support of the clubs involved, with Coburg FC one of the first to signal their interest to assist the AFL with a demonstration of the proposed rules,” Reaper told AFL Media.
“They were keen to assist in the off season, but when we offered them the chance do the trial in season they were really positive and excited about it.”
The rules will be trialled in matches which wont affect teams in finals contention, as Coburg sit bottom of the ladder with one win for the season and Werribee sitting 12th on four wins for 2018.
A date in September will be set for the Competition Committee to meet again to discuss the further possible rule changes.