This page has been created as a Tournament FAQ for players and officials participating in the Darwin 9s.

What is the date of the Darwin 9s?
Saturday 7 August, 2021

Where is the venue?
Matches will be played at Rugby Park, Marrara with matches taking place on Field 1 and Field 2.

What are the teams?
We are very pleased to have 8 teams confirmed for the Darwin 9s:

Women’s Division

  • PINT Queenants
  • Tracy Village Bushpigs
  • Wanderers Eagles
  • Darwin Buffettes

Men’s Division

  • Nightcliff Tigers
  • Darwin Buffaloes
  • Wanderers Eagles
  • St Marys

Where do I find the fixture?
The official fixture for the Darwin 9s can be found here.

How many players can we have in our team?
You can have a maximum of 15 people in your team. The format is 9 players on the field – 3 forwards, 3 midfielders and 3 backs. As it is a fast paced format, we suggest you have a minimum of 4 players on your bench.

Is there an age limit?
Women’s Division – must be a minimum of 15 years of age.
Men’s Division – must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

What are the timings?
The tournament will kick off at 10.00am, with each team playing a minimum of 3 matches.
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.
The two top teams in each Division will progress through to the Grand Finals, which will start at 3.00pm.
3.00pm – Women’s Grand Final & Presentations
4.00pm – Men’s Grand Final & Presentations

No More Cup
Both Divisions will play for the No More Cup. The winning teams will also be awarded individual medals, plus a Best on Ground in both Grand Finals will be awarded.

Team lists
Please send us the full name and jumper number for each of your players prior to the event. To add some fun to the day, we are going to announce the names of each player as they take to the field on Field 1.

Run on Songs
We will also be playing run on songs for your team when they run out to play on Field 1. Please have a chat to your team and let us know what particular song you would like played.

Is there prizemoney?
The winner of the Men’s Division will also take home $1,000 and the winner of the Women’s Division will also take home $1,000 in prizemoney! You beauty!!

What are the playing rules?
The playing rules for the Darwin 9s can be found at
The umpires will go over the rules before your first match. They rules are very easy to pick up and you will love playing this format of our great game!

Tackling Rules
Please note the tackling rules for the Darwin 9s:
9.4 If, in the opinion of the umpire, a tackle is deemed excessive, a free kick will be awarded against the tackler. A player may also be sent from the field.
9.5 At all times the focus of tackling shall be to win the ball, not deliberately injure an opponent.

One of the major aims of the Darwin 9s is that all players have a great time and enjoy the day. Of course, all players will expect to be tackled, as that is a fundamental part of the game. Let’s all work together to make sure that all games are played in the right spirit i.e. tackles are made to win the ball, not injure an opponent.

Are the matches being filmed?
All matches on Field 1 will be filmed and uploaded to Youtube and social media. We will also have professional photographers taking photos throughout the day on both fields.

Will there be commentary?
Both Grand Finals will feature live commentary at the ground, which will greatly add to the excitement of the event.

Is there parking?
There is plenty of parking at the venue, and parking is free.

Is there food & drink on sale?
Yes, Rugby Park will be selling food & drinks, including a canteen and a number of food trucks. The rugby people have bent over backwards to support the event, so please support them throughout the day.

What can I not bring?
Please do not bring any alcohol. Rugby Park has a liquor license and you can purchase drinks from the bar.

If you are taking photos and posting on Instagram on the day, it would be great if you could include the hashtags #aflinternational and #darwin9s. Thank you!

What do I do after my last match?
There will be 2 great grand finals to watch on Field 1, and you can purchase a cold beer from the bar, sit in the grandstand, and watch some great footy!