Max squad size: 18

  • June 10, 2024 at 1:44 pm #5687
    John Tofalis

    With the number of available players post-covid feeling lower than it’s ever been, smaller clubs are finding elite clubs monopolising players, where cities (at least in Europe) are becoming 1 elite team, with squad sizes of +35, and 1 smaller team, struggling to break its way into the elite circle. If, at tournaments, we set the maximum number of players to 18, this would allow for depth to be created in more clubs across the world. With this, I think 18 can also be really good for broadcasting – without having a completely new line every three points, the line calls are more likely to look like an o line at 7 people and a D line at 7 people, with 2 subs for both, which would create a new perspective of lines battling it out, with more consistent 1-on-1 match-ups. It would decrease the number of people going to a tournament and playing 1 in every 8 points, and in turn, I think this would also make the game harder and more physically demanding.

    June 11, 2024 at 12:50 pm #5696
    Gearoid O Fearghail

    This is a substantial change but I like this. I see benefits such as:
    It makes the sport more accessible, as teams can be viable with smaller numbers.
    It will encourage more teams to play.
    It will be more broadcast friendly, as the audience can learn the names of players over a match or tournament (vs only recognizing the stars in 28 person rosters).
    It also makes it more feasible to host tournaments, as less accommodation per team is needed, and less games would be needed per team.

    But the concern is that it may result in reduced participation as players train with a squad but aren’t able to play any tournaments.

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