Something for the AFL summer blues

AFL-9s-action-photoCadbury AFL 9s is kicking off in Byron Bay next month, taking advantage of the new Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.

The competition will be run by AFL Northern Rivers Juniors with all proceeds reinvested into developing local football.

Cadbury AFL 9s is the AFL’s official alternative version of the game and it has been developed so everyone can have a go at playing Australian footy.

The 9s format is easier to play than the standard AFL game, is less physically demanding, and offers a game where participation, enjoyment and safety are priorities.

The game can be played by all people above the age of 12 and all ability levels in male, female or mixed teams as determined by the individual competition.

AFL9s-picHow is Cadbury AFL 9s played? The game is played between two teams of nine with interchange players. The field has a maximum length of 100 metres (which can be modified depending on the age and ability level of participants) and is divided into three zones: a mid zone and two scoring zones. If an individual is touched then it is an automatic turnover. Teams score by kicking the football into their attacking scoring zone to designated forwards who are the only players permitted to score. A mark is awarded irrespective of the distance the ball has travelled and if the ball hits the ground it is an automatic turnover.

Round one of competition at Byron Bay will commence on Thursday October 17 with games played at 6.10pm and 7pm time slots.

Team registrations are now open for the upcoming season so go to to find out more about the local competition.


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