AFL 9s is a co-ed social version of Australian Football. It’s a fast, free-flowing game that involves 9 players on each team playing on a smaller field. Best of all, it’s ‘touch football’ with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for people of any age or skill level. AFL 9s is easy to play, not too physically demanding and provides an environment where fun, enjoyment and safety are a priority.
AFL 9s enables people of all ages and ability levels to participate in competitions that fit around their busy lives and provide a social and fitness outlet.
The game is played between two teams of nine (9) with interchange players (subs). The field has a recommended length of 100 meters (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.
Teams score by kicking the football into their attacking scoring zone to designated forwards who are the only players permitted to score. A mark is awarded irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled and if the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover.
AFL 9s is a non-contact version of the game which requires players to implement a touch in place of a tackle.
If you haven't played Australian Rules Football before, you'll find it has similarities to touch/flag American football or Ultimate frisbee.
If you are familiar with Australian Rules football, you'll discover that AFL 9's is a great way to use and improve your skills in a more recreational and social setting.
Check out the following video and AFL 9s Rules for more info.