AFL

BOYS & GIRLS AFL RULES 2019
 

Playing Ground:

Smaller / modified ground is used.
 

The Team:

a) The team shall consist of 12 players with any number of reserves.
b) The team shall consist of 4 forwards, 4 centres and 4 backs.
c) Players are to remain in the same position for all of the quarter of play
d) At the end of each quarter players must move up a line. Players are not permitted to play in the same position for two or more consecutive quarters.
e) Interchange or replacement of injured players may take place at any time. The new player taking the field must play the replaced players position until the end of the quarter.


Playing Time:

4 quarters of 9 minutes, teams swap ends at the end of each quarter.
 

Start of Play:

a) Assemble in the centre of the ground to shake hands with the opposing team.
b) The game shall be started by a ball-up (and restarted after each goal) between two players in the centre of the ground. Players contesting the ball-up should be of similar size (and should be rotated)
c) A player may not grab the ball at the ball-up and play on. He/she must tap the ball and cannot play the ball again until another player has touched it.
d) Players to stay within their zones until the ball-up.

 

Out of Bounds:

When the ball goes out of bounds a free kick is awarded against the team to last touch the ball. A player cannot kick for goal from an out of bound free kick. If the umpire cannot determine which team last touched the ball then play will be restarted by a throw-in (or ball-up) from where the ball went out of bounds.
 

Tackling:

Players can:
a) Hold an opponent in possession of the ball with their hands (between the shoulder and waist only).
b) Bump or push a player from the side.
c) Knock or steal the ball from an opponent’s hands.
NB: Umpires will award a free kick against a tackle or bump that is considered unnecessarily rough (e.g. A tackle that forces an opponent to the ground).
Players cannot:
a) Throw another player to the ground.
b) Push the opponent in the back.

 

Mark:

A free kick is awarded to any player who fairly catches a kick by another player (known as a mark) providing the kick travels at least five metres.
 

Bouncing the Ball:

A player in possession of and running with the ball is permitted to bounce the ball once only before kicking or handballing. After running 10 steps they must bounce the ball (or touch it on the ground). They may then run a further 10 steps and must then dispose of the ball by either handball or kick.
 

Kicking the Ball
Off the Ground:

Players are not permitted to deliberately kick the ball off the ground. A free kick will be awarded to the opposition.
Scoring: a) A goal (6 points) is awarded when the ball is kicked by a forward between the two taller posts
without being touched by the opposition.
b) If the ball is touched before passing the two taller posts or passes between the shorter and taller posts, 1 point (a behind) is awarded.
c) After a goal is scored play restarts with a ball-up in the centre. After a point is scored (i.e. between the tall post and the smaller post) play restarts with a kick from the defending team from between the two taller posts.
d) Goals can only be scored by forwards (who are designated by a braid, bib, hat, etc.) when within their team’s forward zone. Scores from other positions or from outside the forward zone do not count and a ball-up takes place from the place the kick was taken.

 

Mercy Rule

Please remember to use the Mercy Rule when required. The mercy rule applies when a team has a lead of eight goals (48 points) in the game.
 

Order Off Rule

Players may be ordered from the field for rough play or abusive language. Time period is left to the umpire’s discretion.
End of Match: Players to shake hands with the opposition team.