Going by the pole it sounds like you guys are making another AFL game which is great news! Unfortunately this will be to detailed to put on the pole so I will just right it here. Gameplay for the next game to help improve it more.
Ruck. At ruck stops it would be easier if the players around the ball up had buttons on top there head so you could tap that button on who to hit to. Or another button to try and smash it long..also assign ruckmans role. So tell the ruckman not go foward or go back and try and get the clearance kick. Or to go foward. Also choose who rucks in foward line/back line.
After a mark or free kick. Have similar camera angle for a kick in so you can toggle around the field to see who is open. Also during play while you have the ball the ability to press a button to put buttons on people’s head similar to ruck so you can press that button to kick or handball to them.
Smarter AI. Players run better for leads or openings for handballs create spaces.