AFL Rules Contents

AFL – Laws of Australian Football 2014

PART A: INTRODUCTION

A. This Publication
B. Application
C. Nature and Object of Australian Football
D. Purpose of Laws

PART B: GENERAL AND DEFINITIONS

1. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION

1.1 Definitions
1.2 Interpretation
1.3 AFL Rules Prevail
1.4 Variation

PART C: ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS

2. CONTROLLING BODY

2.1 Definition
2.2 Application of these Laws
2.3 Variation/Exemption

3. PLAYING SURFACE AND GOAL POSTS

3.1 General
3.2 Playing Surface
3.3 Identifying Areas on the Playing Surface
3.4 Relocation of Centre Square
3.4.1 Playing field and playing positions
3.5 Goal Posts and Behind Posts
3.6 Goal Square and Kick-Off Line
3.7 Under-Age Competitions

4. THE FOOTBALL

4.1 Specifications
4.2 Supply and Selection of Footballs

5. TEAMS

5.1 Number of Players in Team
5.2 Variation of Number
5.3 Team Sheets
5.4 Change of Player Guernsey During Match
5.5 Counting of Players

6. TEAM OFFICIALS AND TEAM RUNNER(S)

6.1 Controlling Body To Regulate
6.2 Identification

PART D: PRE-MATCH AND MATCH PROVISIONS

7. INTERCHANGE

7.1 Interchange Steward — Appointment and Duties
7.2 Procedure for Interchange
7.3 Use of Stretcher
7.4 Interchange Steward Not at Match
7.5 Breach of Law 7

8. UMPIRES: DUTIES AND INSTRUCTIONS

8.1 Appointment and Duties of Umpires
8.2 Duties of Umpires

9. PLAYERS’ BOOTS, JEWELLERY AND PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

9.1 Interpretation
9.2 Prohibition of Items
9.3 Inspection
9.4 Power to Order Off

10. TIMEKEEPERS, DURATION OF MATCHES, QUARTERS AND INTERVALS

10.1 Duration of Match and Intervals
10.2 Timekeepers
10.3 Procedure for Sounding Siren — Start of Match and Quarters
10.4 Bringing Play to an End
10.5 Stopping and Recommencing Time
10.6 Unauthorised Entry on Playing Surface and Termination of a Match
10.7 Forfeiture of Match

11. COMMENCING PLAY AND CHOICE OF GOAL

11.1 Choice of Goal
11.2 Commencement of Play
11.3 Bouncing the Football

12. SCORING: GOALS AND BEHINDS

12.1 Goals and Behinds
12.2 All Clear and Touched All Clear
12.3 Signalling a Goal or Behind
12.4 Relationship between Free Kicks and All Clear
12.5 Scoring Goal or Behind after Play Has Ended
12.6 Free Kick after Play Has Ended
12.7 Recording Scores

13. KICKING THE FOOTBALL INTO PLAY AFTER A BEHIND HAS BEEN SCORED

13.1 Football Must be Kicked
13.2 Direction by Umpire and Football Brought into Play Incorrectly
13.3 Kick into Play after Goal Umpire Signal
13.4 Attacking Team Delaying Recommencement of Play
13.5 Official Within Fifty-Metre Arc

14. MARKING THE FOOTBALL

14.1 Definition
14.2 Particular Circumstances
14.3 Player to be Awarded the Mark
14.4 Field Umpire to Signal “Touched, Play On”
14.5 When a Mark is Not Awarded
14.6 Field Umpire Cancels Mark

15. FREE KICKS

15.1 Interpretation
15.2 Free Kicks Relating to Possession of the Football
15.3 Free Kicks Relating to Disposal of the Football
15.4 Free Kicks — Permitted and Prohibited Physical Contact
15.5 Free Kicks — Relating to Umpires
15.6 Free Kicks — Relating to Out of Bounds
15.7 Free Kicks — Deliberate Rushed Behinds
15.8 Free Kicks — Shaking Goal Post
15.9 Free Kicks — Reportable Offences
15.10 Free Kicks — Generally
15.11 Free Kicks after Disposal
15.12 Free Kicks — Stadium Roofs

16. DISPOSAL FROM MARK OR FREE KICK

16.1 Standing the Mark and Ten-Metre Protected Area
16.2 Playing from Behind the Mark
16.3 Kicking for Goal
16.4 Disposal by a Defending Player — Goal Line and Behind Line
16.5 Disposal — from Out of Bounds
16.6 Disposal Where Player Awarded Free Kick or Mark is Injured
16.7 Further Breach of Laws Before Disposal

17. PLAY-ON AND THE ADVANTAGE RULE

17.1 Ball in Play
17.2 Circumstances — Play On
17.3 The Advantage Rule

18. FIFTY-METRE PENALTY

18.1 When Imposed
18.2 Imposing a Fifty-Metre Penalty
18.3 Local Conditions

19. REPORTING PLAYERS AND OFFICIALS

19.1 Obligation to Report
19.2 Reportable Offences
19.3 Reporting Procedure
19.4 Sanctions and Suspensions

20. ORDER OFF LAW

20.1 Application
20.2 Order Off for Remainder of Match
20.3 Other Reportable Offences
20.4 Replacing Player
20.5 Order Off for Specified Period
20.6 Signalling and Procedure for Order Off
20.7 Reduction of Players

21. ANTI-DOPING CODE AND MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY

21.1 Application – Anti-Doping Code
21.2 Variation and Interpretation

22. INFECTIOUS DISEASES

22.1 The Meaning of Active Bleeding
22.2 Participation in Matches When Actively Bleeding
22.3 Active Bleeding — Role of Umpire
22.4 Procedure when Player Not Actively Bleeding
22.5 Variation by Controlling Body
22.6 Failure to Obey Direction
22.7 Special Circumstances at the End of a Quarter
22.8 Deliberate Smearing of Blood
22.9 Protective Gloves
22.10 Disposal of Bloodied Clothing and Other Material
22.11 Dressing Rooms
22.12 Hygiene
22.13 Trainers
22.14 Sanctions — Controlling Body