The Basics

1. Playing Field
Footy 9s can be played on Soccer, Rugby or Gridiron fields.

2. Teams
A. Teams shall consist of 9 players on the field and a maximum of 3 reserves.
B. Interchange of players may take place at any time.
C. Teams shall consist of 3 forwards, 3 midfielders and 3 defenders.
D. At the start of play and after each goal, the midfielders must line up in the centre of the playing field.
E. To prevent congestion, the forwards and defenders must line up in the goal area at the start of play and after each goal.
F. Apart from (D) and (E) players can go anywhere on the field and there is no off-side.

3. Playing Time
4 x 20 minute quarters. Note: this can be varied to 2 x 20 minute halves if required.

4. Start of Play
A. The game shall be started by a jump ball between two players in the centre of the playing field.
B. A player may not grab the ball at the jump ball and play on. They must attempt to knock or tap the ball to another player.
C. To prevent long bombs after the jump ball, a player may not take the ball from the centre and kick a goal. A player emerging from the centre after a jump ball must pass, or attempt to pass, the ball to a teammate in the forward line.
D. After a goal, the ball is taken to the centre and restarted as in (A).

5. Out of Bounds
A. When the ball goes out of bounds by either foot or hand, the nearest opponent shall kick the ball in.
B. If there is doubt as to which team forced the ball out of bounds, the umpire shall throw the ball up.

6. Tackling
A. There are two versions of Footy 9s – contact and non-contact.
B. Contact version – tackling is allowed. When a player is tackled by an opponent, they must dispose of the ball by handball or kick. If the player fails to dispose of the ball, possession will be awarded to the other team.
C. Non-contact version – tackling is not allowed. When a player is touched by an opponent, they have 3 seconds to dispose of the ball by handball or kick. If the player fails to dispose of the ball, possession will be awarded to the other team.
D. Both versions – If a player has had prior opportunity to dispose of the ball when touched or tackled, it is holding the ball and a turnover will occur.

7. Marking
Any player catching a ball directly from the kick of another player, provided the ball has travelled at least 10 metres and is not touched in flight, shall be awarded a mark.

8. Bouncing the Ball
A player in possession must bounce the ball after running with it for 10 metres.

9. Kicking Off the Ground
A player is not permitted to deliberately kick the ball off the ground.

10. Scoring
Goals are scored by kicking the ball into the net (soccer fields) or through the goals (rugby & gridiron fields). There are no behind posts or behinds.