Australian Football International (AFI) is pleased to announce that the inaugural Darwin 9s will be held in Darwin on Saturday 7 August, 2021.

The event follows on the success of the World 9s, which was recently held in Melbourne. Please see the video below.

As with the World 9s, the Darwin 9s forms part of our strategy to have Footy 9s included in the Olympic Games.

We are delighted to bring this exciting new version of the game to Darwin! Entry is open to clubs based in the NT.


Event Format

  • One day round robin tournament
  • 9-a-side (maximum of 15 players per squad)
  • 10 competing teams
  • 2 x Playing Fields
  • 2 Divisions – Men’s and Women’s
  • Matches will commence every 40 minutes to facilitate a carnival type atmosphere
  • Each match consists of 2 x 15 minute halves, plus 3 minutes for half-time
  • Each team will play a minimum of 3 matches during the event
  • 2 x Grand Finals – Men’s and Women’s