AFL Nines is a fast, free-flowing game that involves 9 players on each team playing on a smaller field. Best of all, it's 'touch football' with no tackling or bumping, making it suitable for people of any age or skill level.
"The Game for Everyone" emphasises inclusive competition that is accessible to individuals of all abilities. Nines has strong parallels with the traditional game but is easier to play and provides an environment whereby participation, enjoyment and safety are the priority.
The Nines Program and all centres are a safe and inclusive game environment. All Abilities and genders are encouraged to play. It is your team’s responsibility to abide by Nines Rules and respect the venue, officials, volunteers, and fellow players.
The game involves two teams of nine players each, including interchange players.
The field's length is typically recommended to be 100 meters, although this can be adjusted based on the participant's age and skill level. The field is divided into three zones: a middle zone and two scoring zones.
Teams earn points by kicking the football into their offensive scoring zone, where designated forwards, and only they, are allowed to score.
A mark is granted regardless of how far the ball has been kicked. If the ball makes contact with the ground, possession is immediately turned over to the opposing team.
AFL Nines is a modified version of the game that emphasises non-contact play, with players using touches instead of tackles.
Read more on all the rules of AFL Nines and check out the FAQs below.
Perth Hornets is an LGTBQIA+ community group for people of any skill level with a common interest in AFL.
It is as simple as getting a group of at least 9 friends together and registering a team for the upcoming season. Mixed teams must include a minimum of 3 girls but we strongly encourage teams to aim to get as many girls as possible. Can’t get a team together? You can register as a Free Agent and then be allocated to a team.
To register a team or as an individual, please go to here!
Sorrento | Seacrest Oval, Sorrento. Wednesday evening: 11 Oct - Dec 13
City Beach | City Beach Oval, City Beach. Monday & Tuesday evenings: 9/10 Oct - 11/12 Dec
Claremont | Revo Fitness Stadium, Claremont. Thursday evening: 12 Oct - 14 Dec
Kinross | Falklands Park, Kinross. Monday evening: 9 Oct - 11 Dec
South Perth | Ernest Johnson Reserve, South Perth. Wednesday evening: 11 Oct - 13 Dec
Swans | Altone Park, Beechboro. Monday & Wednesday evenings: 9/11 Oct - 11/13 Dec
Cockburn | Canning Park, South Lake. Monday & Wednesday evenings: 9/11 Oct - 11/ 13 Dec
Peel | Baldivis District Sporting Complex, Baldivis. Tuesday evening: 10 Oct - 12 Dec
Bunbury | Hands Oval, South Bunbury. Wednesday evening: 4 Oct - 6 Dec
Dunsborough | Dunsborough Playing Fields, Dunsborough. Friday evening: 13 Oct - 15 Dec
WHO CAN PLAY AFL NINES?
Anyone aged 16+
No AFL or previous AFL Nines experience is necessary
WHAT VERSION OF AFL NINES WILL I PLAY?
There are 6 offerings to choose from – Open Men, Open Women, Mixed and Mens Over 35s, Boys Youth and Girls Youth.
HOW DO I CREATE A TEAM?
Registering is easy, just head to play.afl or a location above.
Ask your friends, colleagues, uni mates, family, and school parents to join your AFL9s team - you just need a minimum of 9 to play.
Create a team name, and enter the competition that suits you at your nearest venue.
You will need to register each individual player as well.
All registrations must be made online.
Registrations are taken on a first-come first-served basis and there is no guarantee your team will be included in the competition in the early rounds.
Team names deemed offensive or inappropriate will be changed at Lords discretion prior to season commencement.
Insufficient team numbers may result in competitions being combined.
All team withdrawals must be made in writing to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Team refunds will be made at the discretion of the WAFC/AFL and may have merchant fees removed prior to refund.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO REGISTER?
For Spring 2023, senior competition registration is $900.00 per team ($450 per team upfront and $45 as a team paid weekly for 10 weeks (totalling $900)).
The Youth Competition is $600 per team ($450 per team upfront and $15 as a team paid weekly for 10 weeks (totalling $600)).
Note: Weekly $45.00/$15.00 (competition dependent) is still payable by teams on bye and forfeited matches to make up the $900.00 team registration fee.
The split payment model has been implemented to reduce the initial one-off payment burden/commitment on teams at the start of an AFL Nines Season.
Weekly fees payable on a bye or forfeited match week should be paid prior to the next fixtured match in addition to that weeks match fees.
HOW MANY PLAYERS CAN MY TEAM HAVE?
9 on the field, and as many as you want can be listed.
The size of your team does not affect the team entry fee.
DOES MY TEAM NEED A UNIFORM?
Yes, matching t-shirts/singlets are required.
A player should not wear during a match:
Any form of jewellery (including smart watches)
Metal stud boots
Any protective equipment unless the field umpire is satisfied the item does not impose risk.
A field umpire may inspect a players uniform.
AT REGISTRATION, WE ASK YOU TO LIST YOUR TEAM SHIRT/SINGLET COLOUR (THIS HELPS WITH FIXTURE UNIFORM CLASHES)
Get creative, we will support this!
WHAT FOOTWEAR DO I NEED TO WEAR?
Sneakers are fine or footy boots are also accepted
WHEN DO AFL NINES SEASONS RUN?
They are aligned with school terms
Term 1 – Summer AFL Nines
Term 2 – Autumn AFL Nines
Term 3 – Winter AFL Nines
Term 4 – Spring AFL Nines
HOW MANY WEEKS DOES AN AFL NINES SEASON RUN?
10 weeks, including finals
INCLEMENT WEATHER OR VENUE ISSUES?
If there is poor/extreme weather, we will inform you prior to the night/ or decide on the night. Your safety is our priority.
If there are venue issues, we will also let you know prior to your game.
An attempt will be made to reschedule matches cancelled due to inclement weather or venue issues.
We understand that forfeits do occur, however in the interests of providing a high level competition, teams that forfeit more than three times in a season may be considered for withdrawal from the competition by Management.
Forfeits with less than forty-eight hours’ notice - $90.00 ($45.00 forfeit fee + $45.00 weekly match fee).
Forfeits with more than forty-eight hours’ notice - $45.00 (no forfeit fee + $45.00 weekly match fee).
A team giving the forfeit will be credited zero (0) match points on the competition ladder.
A team receiving the forfeit will be credited four (4) match points on the competition ladder – and consider the match winner.
NOTIFYING OF A FORFEIT
Please follow the procedure below to notify of a forfeit:
Contact the Centre Coordinator / Contact and advise the name of your team and the date and time of the game you intend to forfeit. The Centre Coordinator / Contact will notify your opposition of the forfeit.
Pay your forfeit fee the week immediately after the forfeit prior to playing your match.
For more information head to https://www.play.afl/play/afl-nines/
Have any questions - email us at email@example.com