Should all ground dimensions the same?

Discussion in 'AFL - The Australian Football League' started by RedVest4, Apr 12, 2018.

Put it out there
  1. RedVest4

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    The AFL is the only football code to play on different sized grounds. Look at all the main football codes - Soccer, Rugby League, NFL etc. They all play on an identical sized ground.

    Is it time the AFL got with the times and followed suit? Game plans are being developed more and more that revolve around the size of the ground and it is getting a bit ridiculous.

    This is specifically the case and creates an advantage for MCG tenants, who have the luxury of developing a game plan suited to the size of the MCG, knowing full well the Grand Final will be played there.

    I am proposing that every ground used for AFL have the same dimensions. This will only be possible by making every ground as skinny as Kardinia Park and every ground as short as the SCG.

    I think this is the fairest solution.
     
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    It may be the fairest solution but life isn't fair and neither is the AFL.

    Shortening the grounds to the SCG length is a terrible idea and should never be floated ever again.
     
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    And bring back the Q-stick. He'd drill em from half-back on that ground.
     
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    Soccer grounds are not uniform across the board
     
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    Oh good, more whinging about how MCG tenants will win automatic flags every year from now on.

    Or we could just demand that our teams learn to win regardless of venue?
     
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    Maybe 10 years ago it was possible, however these days with zoning first of all you have to win enough games to make the finals so being a non Vic team for example there's no point in designing a gameplan that works at MCG as you will only play there a few times a year so the gameplan might suit the MCG, but doesn't suit your home ground so you won't win enough games to make the finals.
     
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    On what planet?
     
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    Not wrong.
     
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    No they don't.

    Opening the thread with a factually incorrect statement is the perfect way to lose the debate. May as well close the thread.
     
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    Jesus.
     
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    Every game should be played at the MCG.

    One game on Thursday night.

    One game on Friday night.

    Three games on Saturday.

    Three games on Sunday.

    One game on Monday night.

    Simples.
     
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    Most soccer fields, especially in England are varied in width, all the NRL grounds are different sizes as well, again they may have different widths but also different sized in goals.
     
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    https://www.openplay.co.uk/blog/premiership-football-pitch-sizes-2014-to-2015

    Soccer and AFL grounds vary.

    FIFA had size range definitions for ground sizes and as long as you are within those size ranges you are fine.

    Rugby & NFL grounds can’t vary as the basis of those games is to move the ball to the end of the field. So the field lengths must be the same or the entire nature of the game is changed. It’s like saying all 100m running tracks are the same length.
     
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    What a useless thread.
     
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    Actually the In Goal zones for both rugby and nrl vary n size considerably and can and does affect team tactics for kicking into the zones.
     
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    soccer fields vary markedly in length and width. rugby (union) also varies. there is a maximum length and width stipulated, but not a minimum.
     
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    Point taken!
    The fields of play are the same, but in goal varies. Cheers
     
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    Should do some sort of graph that rates the losses/wins based on ground dimensions and then attribute that to a side’s fan’s optimism as to how the season is panning out
     
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    Great OP. This is something i have never considered. What is the ideal size for aussie rules football?


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    I reckon the MCG is about spot on.
     
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    Ty for raising this , Ive campaigned for years how absurd it is in an elite competition that teams play on different sized grounds ea week. Ffs this ain’t a village game no more, we have evolved from the 1800s haven’t we. Can you imagine if every soccer game , tennis match, basketball was on a different scale court or ground , as they say if it sounds ridiculous it generally is . A consistent template of say the MCG should be adopted for all grounds , and there’s no good reason to contend this
     
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    I'd like to see it, but it's probably not feasable at this point.
     
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