Match Rules

1. Playing Field
The World 9s will be played on smaller sized fields, 100 metres x 70 metres.

2. Teams
A. Teams shall consist of 9 players on the field and a maximum of 6 reserves (a minimum of 3 reserves is required).
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
2 x 12 minute halves.

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. 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. No Tackling
A. When a player is touched 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. 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 shall be awarded a mark.

8. Bouncing the Ball
A. A player in possession must bounce the ball after running with it for 10 metres.
B. A player in possession has a maximum of one bounce.

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 through the central posts.