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This FAQ has been put together for players interested in competing in the Darwin 9s and World 9s in August 2022.

It follows on from the great success of the inaugural Darwin 9s in 2021!

What are the tournaments?
The Darwin 9s is a 9-a-side footy tournament, open to all footy clubs based in the NT.

The World 9s is a 9-a-side multicultural footy tournament. Each team represents their heritage/community in Darwin and plays in their national colours.

What are the dates?
Darwin 9s – Saturday 6 August, 2022
World 9s – Saturday 13 August, 2022

Where is the venue?
The venue for both tournaments is Rugby Park, Marrara.

Can I play in both tournaments?
Yes. You can choose to play in one or both tournaments, it is completely up to you.

What are the playing rules?
Both tournaments will be played under the rules of Footy 9s, which is an exciting and dynamic new version of Aussie Rules football. Footy 9s has been developed by AFI to allow Australian Football to be played on rectangular fields throughout the world – removing the barriers that have prevented our great game from becoming truly international.

What does AFI do?
AFI’s role is to grow and promote Footy 9s both internationally and within Australia, with a focus on community development. Our long-term aim is to secure the inclusion of Footy 9s in the Olympic Games.

How do I register to play?
Darwin 9s – Teams register to play via the link below:
Register here

World 9s – Players register to play via the link below:
Register here

We look forward to seeing you in August! Whether you are participating in one or both tournaments, our major aim is to ensure that all players, teams and officials enjoy a fantastic day of footy!