The Arc has a firm pro-goals policy, so we were happy to see that average scores seemed to be up a little in the early rounds of the season. The increase seems to have endured – at the seven round mark, scores are notably higher than they were last year. It looks like the rule changes – reduced interchange cap, tighter deliberate out of bounds interpretation – are working. The league has also tried to reduce stoppages, and it’s succeeding there as well. Footy this year is more attractive, more open, with more scoring and less congestion. There has never been a more exciting time to be a footy fan.
Along with most sensible people, the AFL would like to see fewer ugly stoppages and less of the grinding, Ross Lyon-y tedium that has spread through the league like a malicious spreading thing in recent years. They’re doing something about it.