AFL 9s is the Australian Football League’s official social version of the game. The game is played across Australia and has been developed to provide an opportunity for participants to play a modified Australian Football game that has strong parallels with the traditional game.
The game has many applications in the community and fundamentally, AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in organised mixed, men’s, women’s and youth competitions. Competitions are run across Australia at different times throughout the year.
AFL 9s is designed so that everyone can play. It is a fast, free-flowing game and played in a friendly environment. It’s less physically demanding, has a minimal time commitment with a major emphasis on a social feel, in a fun setting.
The contest is played between two teams of nine (9) with unlimited interchange players. The rectangular field has a maximum length of 100 metres, which can be modified depending on the age and ability level of participants and is divided into three zones: a mid-zone and two scoring zones. With modified rules, the game requires conventional AFL skills and implements a touch rule, in place of a tackle, making it suitable for people of any age or skill level from advanced to beginners. Rules and Regulations can be found here.
Sydney is due to host the AFL 9s Classic in 2017. This is a premier national sporting and cultural event for the community