World 9s

An initiative of Australian Football International (AFI), the World 9s were held in Melbourne on Saturday 16 February, 2019. The venue was Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park.

The World 9s will return in 2020.

Competition Format

  • The tournament will be played on one day.
  • 8 national teams (representing Melbourne’s multicultural communities).
  • 9-a-side (maximum of 15 players per squad).
  • Matches will commence every 35 minutes to facilitate a carnival type atmosphere.
  • Each match will consist of 2 x 14 minute halves, plus 2 minutes for half-time.
  • Each team will play a minimum of 3 matches during the event.
  • Each team will play in their national colours.
  • The top two teams will advance to the Grand Final.

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