In traditional Australian Football, regular matches are played on large cricket sized fields, featuring 18 players per team. Add another 4 reserve players per team, plus 6 umpires, and you need 50 people to play a match.
In the USA our focus is on growing the sport through Footy 9s.
Footy 9s has been designed to make it much easier for Americans to enjoy playing a new game, without the difficulty of trying to find a large enough field and recruit a small army in order to play.
- Footy 9s matches are played on American Football fields.
- Each team consists of 9 players – 3 forwards, 3 midfielders and 3 backs.
- The game starts with a jump ball in the middle of the field.
- 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 ball is moved around the field by either a kick, handball or forward pass.
- Players can go anywhere on the field and there is no off-side rule.
- As in basketball, players must bounce the ball when they run (every 10 yards).