Is it because some teams are just better? Or because they’re harder at the ball? Or because they get more of the ball?
Over the course of the home and away season, the Bulldogs received 451 free kicks, while they gave away only 370. That left them with 81 net free kicks, the biggest differential of any team. The Kangaroos came in second with 67 net frees, with daylight third.
Yes, but the relationship is weak and noisy.
No-one seems to have noticed that Joel Selwood claimed the AFL free kicks record last week
The Bulldogs are still in front on free kicks, but the Eagles are closing the gap
The 2016 Bulldogs have the largest free kick differential after seven games played of any team in the AFL era.
We’ve established that West Coast gets an average of around 4 net free kicks when they play at home. But does this come about because the Eagles are given a lot more free kicks, or because they concede fewer frees to the opposition?
Every fan, including me, thinks their team gets a rough deal from the umpires. But which team, on average, tends to get more free kicks?