AFI World 9s logo
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.

2021 WORLD 9s
The 2021 World 9s returned in Melbourne on 6 February, 2021. The venue was the Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club, which enjoys great facilities, including 3 full size rugby fields. It was a huge success, with the competition expanding from 8 to 16 teams. 2021 Results

2022 World 9s
AFI is pleased to confirm that the World 9s will be returning to Melbourne on Saturday 19 February, 2022. We are very pleased to be returning to the Box Hill Rugby Club.

The competing teams are:

Division 1 – Samoa, South Sudan, Italy, Nauru, Ireland, Tonga
Division 2 – Chile, South Africa, Wales, Australia, United Nations, Nauru
Women – Greece, Nauru, Australia, United Nations

Event Format

  • 16 national teams (representing Melbourne’s multicultural communities).
  • 3 x Playing Fields.
  • 3 Divisions – Division 1, Division 2 and Women’s.
  • 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 and Women’s.