Footy 9s is an exciting new team sport that has been inspired by Australian Football.
In traditional Australian Football, regular matches are played on large cricket sized fields, featuring 18 players per team. Add another 4 reserve players per team, plus 6 umpires, and you need 50 people to play a match.
Playing Footy 9s on smaller grounds requires far fewer players and enables access to fields that are more readily available.
Footy 9s has been designed to make it much easier for people to play, without the difficulty of trying to find a large enough field and recruit a small army in order to play.
And both tackling and non-contact versions of Footy 9s are available, making it a game that anyone can play!
- Footy 9s matches are played on rectangular fields.
- There are no behind posts.
- Each team consists of 9 players – 3 forwards, 3 midfielders and 3 backs.
- The game starts with a jump ball in the middle of the field.
- The ball is moved around the field by either a kick, handball or running with the ball.
- A goal is scored when the ball is kicked through the posts.
- If the ball hits the posts and continues through the posts, it is a goal.
- If the ball hits the posts and comes back into the field of play, it is play on.
- No kicking off the ground is permitted.
- When the ball goes out of bounds by either foot or hand, the nearest opponent shall kick the ball back into play.
- Players can go anywhere on the field and there is no off-side rule.