The AFL Players Association are leading a push to return State of Origin footy as soon as next year, it was reported today. It’s been said many proposals are being considered.

As a long-time advocate of returning Origin footy, I’ve spent a fair bit of time working on a solution to this very problem.

The issue is there are so many legitimate constraints.

You can’t go down the “All Stars” path or it’ll flop, you can’t exclude Tasmania and the like because they won’t like it, you can’t make it too long or it won’t work, you can’t have it too often or players will grow tired of it … it isn’t easy.

But a system of promotion and relegation makes it possible to juggle all these factors and give the AFL a near-perfect answer. Here’s how it works:

AFL State of Origin proposal

AFL State of Origin proposal

The table speaks for itself. Victoria almost always will go up against either Western Australia or South Australia, which is the way to go commercially, but the smaller states in terms of football power are in no way excluded.

In fact, if they’re good enough they can rise up and win the whole thing.

Still, there are going to be doubters. “There were reasons why Origin died,” they will tell you.

My response is those reasons aren’t nearly as relevant today. When WA and SA became one-team states stocked with home-grown talent, Origin lost plenty of meaning. But today, support is divided in those states and expansion means even more home-grown talent will have to head interstate.

There was also the issue of Origin overkill, thanks to the event being held too often. By simply not holding the event every year, this concern is easily addressed.

The players today revealed they wanted Origin back.

So, too, did the fans. At the time of writing, 90.33% of respondents to a Superfooty poll said the AFL should bring back State of Origin.

Come on, AFL. It’s time.

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3 Responses to How to bring back AFL State of Origin

  1. Glenn Logan says:

    State of Origin and Gaelic Football are the Perfect example of how the AFL is Run. The Fans and the Players have No interest in Gaelic Football but Andrew Demetriou loves it so we play it. The Fans and Players want State of Origin but Andrew Demetriou doesnt so we dont have it. Its time for Andrew Demetriou too listen too the fans and listen too players bring back State of Origin and Scrap the Gaelic Series.

  2. Ranga says:

    i think this is a great idea. Although if victoria become to strong maybe they could split it up into vic metro and vic country like the nab championships. This can also let the left out team have a game. I dont think there should ever be an ACT or International side for the next 20 years, as they simply dont have enough players.

  3. Really like your thinking, Michael. Hope the AFL takes note!