AFL 9s: social football game heads north

THE popular AFL 9s social football competition begins in the northern suburbs on Tuesday.

Having been restricted to southern and central suburbs in previous years, local residents can now start a team close to home.

The men’s and mixed grades will be based at Falklands Park in Kinross on Tuesday nights.

WA Football Commission community development manager Andrew Ridley emphasised the game’s suitability for both genders.

“In what is described as the game for everyone, the competition is a push to get the local community engaged in sport and recreation using a modified version of what is Australian Rules football,” he said.

“With females being awarded super goals scoring nine points instead of the traditional six points, there is a great incentive for both genders to compete and engage.”

Played in teams of nine on a rectangular pitch, competitors are separated into forward, midfield and defensive zones.

They are permitted to move between the zones in general play, but only the forwards are able to score.

In the non-contact version of the game, the ball is turned over when it touches the ground.

It can be played as touch football or with velcro tags.

Teams can register at www.afl9s.