AFL 9s

AFL 9s is the Australian Football League’s alternative version of Australian Rules football. This game has been developed so that all Australian football enthusiasts – and those new to the game – can play. The game is an inclusive and fun alternative to Aussie Rules footy which still parallels the traditional game.


AFL 9s is easier to play, is less physically demanding and provides an environment whereby participation, enjoyment and safety are a priority. AFL 9s can be played in community competitions, schools and even overseas. People of all ages and ability levels can participate in all male, all female or mixed teams depending on the individual competition.


  • The game is played between two teams of nine players (plus interchange players).
  • The field has a maximum length of 100 meters (which can be modified depending on participant age and ability level) and is divided into three zones (a mid zone and two scoring zones).
  • Teams score by kicking the football into their attacking/scoring zone. The ball must be marked (caught) by designated forwards – who are the only players permitted to score. A mark is awarded irrespective of the distance the ball has traveled. If the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover.
  • A tackling option is available in competitive competitions, however in social formats, either a two-handed touch is applied or the removal of a velcro tag (more details below).

GLoBALLers having fun playing AFL 9s

Three versions of AFL 9s are available:

Tag: A non-contact version which requires players to wear a velcro belt with two tags attached to either side of it. Removal of one or both flags by an opposition player is performed in place of a tackle/touch.

Touch: A semi-contact version which requires players to implement a touch in place of a tackle. In this form of the game, either a one hand or two-handed touch can be applied.

Tackle: A contact version as per the rules of Australian Rules football and/or the age appropriate AFL Junior Match Policy.

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