Australian Rules Football (affectionately known as ‘Aussie Rules’ or ‘Footy’) is a code of football featuring high-scoring, hard-hitting and free flowing action from start to finish.
While the traditional game features 18 payers per team, playing on a cricket sized oval, a new adaptation of the sport for American football fields is known as Footy 9s.
Major League Footy, is an American competition of Footy 9s, played in a season running October thru March
Footy 9s is an exciting new take on traditional Aussie Rules football – adapted for the USA!
Footy 9s matches are played on American Football fields.
Each team consists of 9 players – 3 defenders, 3 forwards and 3 midfielders.
The object is to score more goals than the opposing team. A goal is scored when the ball is kicked through the posts. There are no behind posts.
The game starts with a jump ball in the middle of the field.
The ball is moved around the field by kicking (out of the hands) or handballing the ball.
The ball can be moved forward or backwards and there is no off-side rule.
As in basketball, players must bounce the ball when they run (every 10 yards).
When a player is tackled, they must dispose of the ball by kicking or handballing.
Check out this 2017 interview with St. Petersburg Swans’ color commentator Miro Gladovic, who went from press box to forward during St. Pete’s Footy 9s match with Pittsburgh.
In this interview with play-by-play announcer Rich Libero, Gladovic discusses the rapid-fire game-play of his first game of Footy 9s!