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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 World 9s will be returning to Melbourne on 6 February, 2021. The venue is the Box Hill Rugby Union Football Club, which enjoys great facilities, including 3 full size rugby fields.

We are pleased to announce the addition of a Women’s Division for the first time.

To register to play in either the Men’s or Women’s Division, please click on the buttons below.

2021 Fixture

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.