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AFLX opponents confirmed

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Carlton will face both North Melbourne and Melbourne for the first AFLX tournament on Friday 16 February at Etihad Stadium.

With the AFL confirming the format on Wednesday evening, the Blues will face off in the new ten-a-side competition – designed to take the traditional game from oval grounds to rectangular fields.

AFLX will still contain and showcase the unique and most thrilling aspects of Australian Football in a shortened format, with seven players on the field and three on the bench. 

The 2018 AFLX concept sees three cities host three tournaments across three separate days in February.

Each match is two ten-minute halves with no time on, as well as a two-minute half time and five minutes in between matches.

The fixture for the Blues’ AFLX tournament is as follows:


Pool A: Carlton, Melbourne and North Melbourne

Pool B: Hawthorn, Essendon and St Kilda

Gates open: 5:30pm AEDT

6:40pm – Carlton v Melbourne

7:08pm – Hawthorn v Essendon

7:36pm – North Melbourne v Carlton

8:04pm – Essendon v St Kilda

8:32pm – Melbourne v North Melbourne

9:00pm – St Kilda v Hawthorn

9:33pm – Grand Final


  1. Played on a rectangular field (approx. 70m width x 110m length) with four posts at each end (as per a normal AFL field). Ground markings will showcase X as the centre square and 40m arcs.
  2. Two field umpires, two boundary umpires and one goal umpire at each end of the ground.
  3. Ten players per team, seven on field at all times and three on the interchange bench. No restrictions on player rotations.
  4. 10-minute quarters or halves depending on the tournament format.
  5. Free kick against for last touch out of bounds.
  6. Kick-ins from behind the goal line after all scores.
  7. No marks paid for backwards kicks (except in forward 40m area).
  8. Quarters commence with a ‘ball up’ in the centre and at least two players from each team starting inside the 40m arc.
  9. Free shot from forward 40m arc – directly in front for deliberate rushed behinds.
  10. 10-point super goals when goals kicked on the full from outside the 40m arc.


Adult - $15

Concession - $10

Family - $30

Kids 12 and Under – Free

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