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Introducing the McDonald's AFL9s Classic

In November 2016, the AFL is hosting the inaugural McDonald's AFL9s Classic in the heart of Sydney. The free event will bring together 100 teams from all over the country to play McDonald's AFL9s, competing for more than $50,000 in cash prizes*. The SCG/Moore Park precinct will come alive with an interactive AFL Fanzone, kids activities, food stalls, pop-up bars, music and loads of entertainment for players and spectators.

The event is all about having fun, with participants playing a modified version of the game we all love with friends and family. AFL9s Classic is open to people aged 18 and over, regardless of AFL playing experience. All participants will be invited the NAB AFL Draft event on Friday, November 25, and finalists will have the opportunity to play on the SCG, the home of the Sydney Swans.

Team registration is now open for four divisions:

  • Open (most competitive) - Total Prize Pool $23,000. Winning team receives $10,000.
  • Men’s - Total Prize Pool $8,000. Winning team receives $4,000.
  • Women’s - Total Prize Pool $8,000. Winning team receives $4,000.
  • Mixed (least competitive) - Total Prize Pool $8,000. Winning team receives $4,000.
  • Over 35’s – mixed -Total Prize Pool $8,000. Winning team receives $4,000.

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If you're just after a fun weekend or think you've got what it takes to be crowned national McDonald's AFL9s champion, get your nine-a-side team together and head to Sydney.

With only 100 teams accepted nationally, register now to avoid disappointment.

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What if I'm new to McDonald's AFL9s?

Even if you're brand new to McDonald's AFL9s, you're welcome to play in the Classic. The AFL's social, non-contact version of the game is easy to pick up and safe to play. Here are some tips to get you started:

McDonald's AFL9s is social, non-contact football. The game features nine players per team and is usually played over two 20-minute halves.

Field of play
An AFL 9s field is rectangular in shape and divided into three zones: forward, midfield and defensive. At each start of play, each team must have three players in each zone. Once a play has started, players can move around freely.

Start of play
Each game starts with a ball-up. After a goal, the ball goes back to the centre for a ball-up. If a behind (one point) is scored, the ball is kicked back into play from between the goal posts.

Gaining possession
If the ball touches the ground or goes out of bounds, possession is turned over, with the opposition team gaining possession from where the ball dropped. Players may attempt to intercept the ball in flight, however they cannot make contact with any player.

When a player is in possession of the ball but is touched by an opponent, the umpire will call "touch". The player must then kick or handball within two steps or two seconds. If they do not do this, a free kick will be given to the opposing team.

Bouncing the ball
When a player is paid a mark or free kick, the opposing player must stand "on the mark". There is no contact between players in a marking contest.

When a player is running with the ball, they must take a bounce or touch it on the ground after 15 meters. They can take only one bounce. After disposing they cannot touch the ball again until it has been touched by another player.

Only the three designated forwards can kick for goal. A forward can kick for goal from a free kick, but not from a turnover. Kicking the ball through the centre posts is a goal (six points). Kicking it between a goal post and an outer post is a behind (one point). Goals kicked by females are worth nine points.

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