The inaugural Darwin 9s tournament was held in Darwin on 7 August, 2021. The venue was Rugby Park, Marrara.

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

Congratulations to both winners of the Women’s and Men’s Divisions: Darwin Buffettes (Women) and Nightcliff Tigers (Men).

2022 Darwin 9s
Australian Football International (AFI) is pleased to confirm that the Darwin 9s will return to Darwin in 2022.

We are delighted to bring back this exciting new version of the game to Darwin!


Event Format

  • One day round robin tournament
  • 9-a-side (maximum of 15 players per squad)
  • 8 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