AFL Considers Eight-Second Solution To Score Review System

The AFL is considering allowing up to an additional eight seconds to decide whether to review a behind scored after the costly Adelaide-Sydney decision.

A source close to the discussions told The Age the additional time was discussed and expected to come under consideration by the AFL to ensure the correct call was made.

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It comes after a goal by Adelaide’s Ben Keays was definitively called a behind – a decision that could have cost the Crows a chance to play finals.

The change would mean more time allowed for the team kicking in the ball following a behind.

The AFL currently allows five to six seconds for the ball to be kicked in, allowing the game to stay in motion and to move the ball quickly.

It is unclear however whether any changes would be implemented in time for this year’s final series or if they would be introduced for the 2024 season or potentially the upcoming AFLW season.

Currently, more time is allowed for a goal to be reviewed under the ARC goal review system and the various camera angles.

The source further explained to The Age the AFL doesn’t want to extend time reviewing scores to the point where the ball may have to recalled from the other end of the field.

On Sunday, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said it was human error behind the call that ultimately cost Adelaide the game and not the technology in place.

“It is a human error and a decision by the goal umpire that meant we have this situation today. Every decision is broadly reviewed,” he said.

“The kick-in was so quick, it was within 10 seconds and the moment was lost and gone. The system, I don’t feel is at fault.”

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