The GAA and AFL have confirmed modifications to the Laws of International Rules Football ahead of Ireland's visit to Perth where they will play a single test Series against the host country on November 22nd 2014.
A summary of the changes is as follows:
• Goalkeepers must now kick the ball out beyond the 45m line after all wides, behinds and overs, which will help bring the taller players (and contested marks) into play. Failure of a goalkeeper to kick over the 45m line will result in a free kick to the opposition (from the 45m line).
• The number of consecutive handpasses allowed has been raised from 4 to 6
• Interchanges have been increased to 15 per quarter (60 for match) with an unlimited number allowed at the quarter, half and three quarter time intervals.
• Marks have been eliminated for kicks backwards – play on will be called in such circumstances
A full version of the Laws of International Rules Football can be found here.
The modifications are designed to allow for a broader range of AFL players to participate in the game. The AFL recently confirmed that the Australian team for the 2014 Series will be compiled entirely of players who have All Australian experience. Major AFL stars such as Patrick Dangerfield, Luke Hodge, Scott Pendlebury and Joel Selwood already committed to the 2014 game.
Tickets for the game went on sale in Australia last week - further information at http://www.afl.com.au/tickets/international-rules