Match Day Rules & Club Requirements
1 – What are the modified rules?
The major rule modifications are:
Same as AFL. The 9 point Supergoal was removed in Feb 2017.
- The Ruck.
Only one player from each team to contest all ruck contests. A third or subsequent player shall result in a free kick against third or subsequent player. A free kick shall be awarded against any ruckman who raises his knee or leg even if the raised knee does not make contact against his opponent when contesting the ruck.
- Ruckman who grabs the ball from a boundary line throw in or in a ruck contest.
If a ruckman elects to grab the ball instead of hitting it and is tackled, then it will be an automatic free kick against that ruckman. He will not be given the benefit of prior opportunity.
A player in front of a pack competing for a mark is given every protection and opportunity to take the mark. No knees, boots or unnecessary interference. A player lifting his knee in a marking contest even if it doesn’t touch any other player will be penalised by a free kick.
- Player Protection
Any contact other than a legal side bump or legal tackle (between knee and shoulder) shall be deemed unduly rough play and a free kick awarded.
Slinging players to the ground is illegal and shall result in a free kick. If the sling tackle is considered vigorous the umpire should issue a YELLOW or RED card accordingly.
Charges (shirt front) are banned irrespective of ball proximity – the umpire should issue a YELLOW or RED card accordingly.
Above the shoulders bump on another player at any time shall result in a free kick being awarded against the bumper. If the bump is considered intentional the umpire should issue a YELLOW or RED card accordingly.
- Holding the ball/ Prior Opportunity Rule
A player in possession of the ball who has had reasonable time (prior opportunity) to dispose of the ball MUST when legally held by an opponent firmly enough to retard his progress, dispose of the ball by a kick or handball within a reasonable time of being held, otherwise a free kick shall be awarded against the player for failing to dispose of the ball in a legal manner.
The field umpire shall throw the ball up when the player with the ball has the ball held to his body by an opponent, unless the player has had a reasonable time (prior opportunity) to dispose of the ball prior to being tackled, in which case a free kick shall be awarded for holding the ball.
Holding the ball in A player who elects to dive on the ball and or drag the ball under him when he is on the ground will be penalised for holding the ball if he does not immediately hit the ball clear when held legally. When a player is fairly bumped in the side and the ball falls from his hands – the call is play on. Likewise, when a player is either knocked on the arms causing him to drop the ball.
- Deliberate out of bounds
This rule is only applied when the umpire is in absolutely no doubt that the ball was deliberately put across the boundary line. If there is any doubt at all the umpire will signal a ball in, or ball up as appropriate.
- Audible Bad Language
Due to the age of our participants the National Board of Masters Australian Football encourages the involvement of families. To that end any player who engages in the use of bad language that the umpire deems could be heard beyond the boundaries of the playing field shall pay a free kick against the offending player and advise continuance of such behaviour could incur a more severe penalty i.e. Send Off GREEN Card.
2 – How old do I have to be to play AFL Masters Football
- All players must be aged 35 or over in the year that they first play AFL Masters (as long as they turn 35 in that year by 31st December). This is that same for the older age groups, that is you must be 45 or 50 by 31st Dec in the year you commence playing in that division.
3 – How do the umpires coloured cards work?
- Green – player off for remainder off current quarter and next quarter. May be replaced.
- Yellow – cannot be replaced. Off for remainder of match.
- Red – cannot be replaced. Off for remainder of match and 2 game suspension.
- A third offence of a Green Card, second offence of a Yellow Card (or a combination of 2 Green & 1 Yellow Cards) will automatically attract a Red Card. (in the current season)
4 – How long does each quarter go for?
All divisions Four (4) x twenty minute quarters with NO TIME ADDED.
Exception: Clock can be stopped in the event of a stretcher being required.
- Superules to begin at 2:45 p.m.
- Masters/Reserves to begin at 12:45 p.m.
- Over 45’s, Over 50’s to begin at 11:00 a.m.
Changes can be made to start dates and times by agreement of both team Presidents, followed up with written notification to the League by the Thursday prior to the gazetted game time.
5 – If playing numbers on each team differ –
- 14 players minimum to start and continue to play a game;
- No more than plus 1 on the ground of opposition Club for 35s and 35 Reserves;
- Must maintain even numbers for both teams for ages 45 yo and above;
- Max of 6 on the bench for all teams;
- If a team borrows players from opposition, they cannot win the game.
6 – What cannot happen during a match?
- Runner interchanges on the playing field
- Physical violence
- Audible bad language
- No questioning of umpire’s decision or verbal abuse towards umpires
- No abuse towards umpires from spectators
The umpire should issue a GREEN, YELLOW or RED card accordingly, if any of the above occur.
7 – Key Game day requirements of officials.
- Defibrillator must be accessible to the field and in working order
- Stretcher must be accessible to the field – recommended by boundary line
- Ground inspection (JLT checklist – completed via app, ‘AFL Match Day’ – Apple and Android)
- The home team shall provide:
- A suitable match ball and spare
- A suitable scoreboard attendant
- A suitable time keeper – the away team is to supply a suitable time keeper. Both shall be fully conversant with Rule 1 and 34 of AFL Superules.
- If boundary umpires haven’t been provided – umpires ball up
- Home team to provide both goal umpires, If goal umpires haven’t been provided – game cannot start
- Field umpires –
- The League will provide the field umpires for the 35 Superules
- If requested, the League will provide field umpires for the 35 reserves, however if the umpires are not provided by the League the home side must provide 2 qualified umpires
- For games of 45s and above the home team must provide 2 umpires or can provide 1 umpire if the away side has agreed to exercise their option of providing their own field umpire.
- Clubs should communicate the Thursday prior to determine who is providing field umpires
- Scores to be updated by the home team including best players and goal kickers for both teams on Fox Sports Pulse straight after match completion (by 6pm)
8 – How many games do I have to play to be eligible for finals?
- To compete on finals day each player must have played at least four (4) if 9 round season, five (5) if 10 round season, or five (5) games if 11 round season for his club, in any team during the current season.
- To compete in the reserves a player must not play more games in the Supers than reserves.
- When a player plays in both the reserves and supers during the same round, the player will be deemed to have played in Supers for that round for the purpose of calculating if they qualify to play reserves finals.
- If the club has both Supers and Reserves competing on the same day the players who have played more than the required games can be selected in either team, regardless if they have played more games in the supers.