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New AFL 6-6-6 rule all over the shop: Yeo

West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo wants umpires to give players more clarity about the AFL's new 6-6-6 rule.

New AFL 6-6-6 rule all over the shop: Yeo

West Coast midfielder Elliot Yeo wants umpires to give players more clarity about the AFL's new 6-6-6 rule.

ELLIOT YEO of the Eagles celebrates kicking a goal during an AFL match at Etihad Stadium in Australia.
ELLIOT YEO of the Eagles celebrates kicking a goal during an AFL match at Etihad Stadium in Australia. Picture:Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

West Coast premiership midfielder Elliot Yeo believes even some umpires are still a bit confused about the new 6-6-6 rule, saying it feels a bit "all over the shop".

The new set positions at centre bounces caused confusion at times during the opening round of pre-season matches.


In West Coast's win over Geelong, players didn't know they had to reset in their positions after the Eagles were paid a free kick in the centre square for a Cats breach of the rule.

Play was held up for about 20 seconds while confused players made their way back to their original spots.

Yeo felt the umpires also weren't exactly sure about what players could do at certain points either.

"It is just those finer points -- are we allowed to leave the square, are the wingers allowed to go in?" Yeo said.

"It felt like the wingers were doing a fair bit, and they couldn't leave the square. But then there was some in, and some weren't. It was a little bit all over the shop.

"There was another one where we lost (the ball to a breach rule).

"I was on the wing and I asked the umpire what can I do and he said I had to stay out of the square but (that I had) to be within that zone.

"But (Geelong's) Sam Menegola ran straight into the square and they didn't ping him for a free kick.

"It's small instances like that where it was like, 'Well, what do we do, what's going on?'

"As a new rule it was quite confusing. A quick clarity meeting about that (would help)."

Yeo said teething problems were to be expected, and he has called for clarity on some of the more intricate parts of the rule.

He said the 6-6-6 set-up was great for encouraging attacking football, but also had consequences on the defensive end.

"I probably felt a bit more vulnerable there at times in the midfield," Yeo said.

Yeo battled a toe injury during the summer, but pulled up well from his pre-season hitout against Geelong and is set to play against Fremantle in Mandurah on Sunday.

"It (the toe) is a little bit stiff. But that just comes with time. It will gradually get better," Yeo said.

"Once I'm warm and moving around, I don't really notice it as much."

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