AFL unveils new review centre at Marvel Stadium


The AFL will expedite its match review process as part of its new high-tech video review centre that will come into operation during the finals.

All judgments will be handed down within 24 hours during the trial, with the aim of extending that to the regular season next year.

Currently, there is a 24-hour turnaround for Thursday and Friday night games but Saturday matches are still reviewed on Monday.

Match reviewer Michael Christian will be one of 10 officials based in the centre at Marvel Stadium and will investigate incidents as they happen.

Christian will also have immediate access to all camera angles, allowing him to fast-track assessments.

The league is confident the centre will provide better outcomes for the controversial score review system after a series of howlers this season.

The new AFL Review Centre (ARC)
The new AFL Review Centre (ARC) at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.Image: AAP

Every finals venue will feature new “super slow motion” cameras that will help inform both Christian and the three-person score review team.

Fans will also have greater insight with score review decisions to be explained in real time on the television broadcast.

AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking said the league has been buoyed by a successful test run during round 23.

“We can all talk to the fact that there’s been a number of incidents throughout the season that are regrettable,” Hocking told reporters.

“There is human error. Let’s understand that … but this is a major step forward for the industry.”

A doctor will be based in the centre and will support club medical officials on the interchange benches, particularly on concussions.

The faster match review turnaround will pose challenges for complex cases.

GWS defender Nick Haynes last month sustained a fracture to the cricoid cartilage in his throat after a high hit from Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli.

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But with Haynes still being assessed when Christian delivered his findings, the incident was assessed as low impact and Bontempelli escaped suspension.

“The industry’s demanding that we turn this around more quickly,” Christian said on Tuesday.

“In that particular case, we had a number of updates through Monday afternoon. We did take the extraordinary step of even talking to the GWS club doctor.

“We made the decision based on the evidence we had at the time.”





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