|Posted on January 11, 2011 at 12:56 PM|
After playing in a couple of events with TFAI over the past year, I can see a few areas where the rules need to be readdressed to be really playable. Some of these are things which I can already identify and I already have ideas for how to fix them. Others won't actually show up until the game has been tested in competition. The problem is that the rules were based on an old Subbuteo rule book I found in a box set, which is nowhere near as comprehensive as the 70+ page rule book produced by FISTF. This leaves quite a few gaps which need to be filled. At the Celbridge Open last weekend, i was speaking to some of the guys about the possibility of holding a Catch and Kick tournament. Ideally I'd hope to have the game feady for tournament play by the All-Ireland tournament in September, which means we'll need to have some games before that to fully test and refine the rules.
Over the next week I'll be making some changes to the rules which I've already identified. These include rules governing the use of the kicking figure / chipping ramp, and including backs instead of free kicks more frequently. Hopefully this will go some way towards making the game more playable without sacrificing the things which make the game unique and more like Gaelic Football than soccer.