It’s a hot topic at the moment with the return of the revamped AFLX in 2019. The last representative football game played was AFL’s 150th anniversary in 2008, footy fanatics are beginning to become agitated at the possibility of not seeing the Big V take the field again.
But how would a Sate of Origin series be set up if it were to make a come back in 2020?
We take a look at how the AFL would set the stage for such a big occasion.
Firstly, AFLX would be scrapped in favour of State of Origin. There would be four teams – Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and the Allies – consisting of New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and Tasmania.
The games will be played over a four-week period with each team playing each other once and the two highest placed teams playing in the Grand Final on the fourth week. The season would start at the beginning of the AFLW season with the women’s matches being played as curtain raisers to the State of Origin creating bigger crowds for women’s matches and generating more revenue.
The State of Origin season would end three weeks before the women’s finals series commences, causing an interest spike due to more viewers on women’s regular season matches. A two-week break will be granted to players before the commencement of the JLT pre-season games.
Will the AFL bite the bullet in taking a chance on a much loved favourite?