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2023 World 9s
AFI is pleased to confirm that the next World 9s will be held in Melbourne on Saturday 4 February, 2023.

Once again, the venue is the Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club in Melbourne.

An initiative of Australian Football International (AFI), the inaugural World 9s were held in Melbourne on Saturday 16 February, 2019. The venue was Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park. It was a historic day for our great game, as we launched our strategy to have Footy 9s included in the Olympic Games.

The World 9s is now an annual event in Melbourne, with the competition expanding to 16 teams.

In August 2022, the World 9s was also held in Darwin, NT. The competing teams were Greece, Team Larakia, Ireland, Pacific Chiefs, New Zealand, US Marines, Darwin Lions and Timor-Leste Crocs.


2023 Event Format

  • 16 national teams (representing Melbourne’s multicultural communities)
  • Saturday 4 February, 2023
  • Box Hill Rugby Club, Melbourne
  • 3 x Playing Fields
  • 9-a-side (maximum of 15 players per squad)
  • 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
  • Each team will play in their national colours
  • 3 Grand Finals – Division 1, Division 2 & Women’s