MLF: PLAYING RULES
1. Playing Field
Rectangular multi-purpose field with dimensions of American football (gridiron) field: 100 yards x 53.3 yards. Australian football goal and behind posts aligned on opposing end lines.
A. Teams shall consist of 7 players on the field and 3 reserves.
B. Interchange of players may take place at any time.
C. Teams shall consist of 2 forwards, 3 midfielders and 2 defenders.
D. At the start of play and after each goal, the midfielders must line up in the central zone – in between both 40-yard lines.
E. Each team must position a minimum of two players inside the 25-yard lines at the start of play and after each goal.
F. Apart from (D) and (E) players can go anywhere on the field and there is no off-side.
3. Playing Time
4 x 10 minute quarters.
4. Start of Play
A. The game shall be started by a jump ball between two players on the midfield (50-yard) line.
B. A player may not grab the ball at the jump ball and play on. They must attempt to knock or tap the ball to another player.
C. After a goal, the ball is taken to the center and restarted as in (A).
D. If the attacking team has a shot at goal and misses, scoring a behind (1 point), one of the members of the defending team will kick the ball back into play from behind the goal line and between the goal posts.
5. Moving the Ball
A. When a player has possession of the ball, he can dispose of the ball via a handball or kick.
B. Disposing of the ball illegally will result in a free kick being awarded to the other team.
6. Out of Bounds
A. When the ball goes out of bounds by either foot or hand, the nearest opponent shall kick the ball in.
B. If there is doubt as to which team forced the ball out of bounds, the umpire shall throw the ball up from the boundary line.
A. Full tackling is allowed. When a player is tackled by an opponent, they must dispose of the ball by handball, forward pass or kick. If the player fails to dispose of the ball, possession will be awarded to the other team.
B. If a player has had prior opportunity to dispose of the ball when tackled, it is holding the ball and a turnover will occur.
Any player catching a ball directly from the kick of another player, provided the ball has traveled at least 10 yards and is not touched in flight, shall be awarded a mark. Marks are not awarded on backward kicks, except inside the attacking team’s 25-yard defensive zone.
9. Play On
Any player catching a ball directly from a handball shall not be awarded a mark, i.e. play shall continue.
10. Bouncing the Ball
A player in possession must bounce the ball after running 15 yards.
11. Kicking Off the Ground
A player is not permitted to deliberately kick the ball off the ground.
Goals (6 points) scored by kicking the ball through the goal posts. Behinds (1 point) are scored when the ball passes through the point posts, and when a kicked ball strikes the goal post(s). Supergoals (10 points) are scored when a kick from behind the 40-yard markers crosses the through the goal posts on the full.
PLEASE NOTE: The Major League Footy playing rules and Laws of The Game have been developed for the United States by Major League Footy, in conjunction with Australian Football International, and are an adaptation for AFI Footy 9s.