afl information


SWAFL in its earlier years, played 15, 16 or 17-a-side, however, the NSW/ACT AFL women's competition is now playing the standard 18-a-side on a full sized oval.

You need a minimum of 16 players to take the field – and it is up to the opposition, if they wish to play down to your numbers or not.

Prior to the game commencement, captains toss the coin with the umpires to decide which way each team will run.

Umpires will check that your boots conform with standards such as no metal studs, and will check that you are not wearing any jewellery.

It is also compulsory to wear mouth-guards. You can buy generic ones for approximately $15 from a chemist (don’t buy on the way to your first game though – as you usually require a little time in molding it!).

We do recommend you get a custom made mouth-guard at your local dentist. It’s a good idea to start using them at training.


Duration The game is played over 20 minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between the first and second quarters and the third and fourth. A 10 minute break is allocated for half time. Injury time is not added for general round games – though it is for finals.

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Use of Body Its generally good practice to position your body between the ball and any opposing player (see left) to gain the advantage when going for the ball. Stay balanced to avoid being bumped or knocked over.

Find more tips below!

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Tackling must be between the knees and shoulders to avoid being penalised for a high tackle, go well below the shoulders.

It’s a good idea anyway to tackle around the waist and to include their arms, to limit the arm movement of your opponent so they find it hard to pass the ball off.

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At all cost a player needs to avoid the following penalties!

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Taking a Mark If you catch the ball on the full after is has been kicked by a team member or an opponent, it is known as ‘taking a mark’. The ball has to travel a distance of at least 10-metres and not have been touched by anyone else.

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Pre-game Nutririon

The value of good nutrition for athletes is appreciated increasingly by footballers at all levels of the game.

Coaches must make individuals aware of the impact that certain types of food have on a player’s preparation for a season or a game so that they can tailor their diet accordingly.

There are certain basic rules for players to follow before and after a game to improve performance and enable a quick recovery from competition.

Find out these tricks of the tradebelow!

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