AFL Rules: Kicking the Football into Play after a Behind has been Scored

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

13.1 FOOTBALL MUST BE KICKED

Unless Law 12.4 applies, when a Behind has been recorded, the following shall apply:
(a) the football must be Kicked back into play by any Player of the defending Team within a reasonable time;
(b) the football must be Kicked from within the Goal Square. For the avoidance of doubt, one foot of the Player must be behind any of the lines which define the Goal Square at the time when the Player Kicks the football;
(c) Other than the Player kicking the football into play, all Players must immediately vacate the area within 5 metres of the Goal Square.
(d) the Player Kicking the football into play may, provided they have Kicked the football clear from their hands, regain possession and play on from within the Goal Square.

13.2 DIRECTION BY UMPIRE AND FOOTBALL BROUGHT INTO PLAY INCORRECTLY

(a) After giving a Player a reasonable opportunity, the field Umpire shall direct a Player to Kick the football back into play. If a Player fails to Kick the football back into play after being instructed to do so by a field Umpire, the field Umpire shall call “Play On”. The Player shall be required to dispose of the football in accordance with Laws 13.1 (b) and (d). Opposing Players, however, may enter the Goal Square and tackle the Player with the football once “Play On” is called. The provisions of these Laws relating to Free Kicks shall apply.
(b) If the field Umpire is of the opinion that a Player has not Kicked the football back into play in accordance with Law 13.1, the field Umpire shall bounce the football on the centre of the Kick-Off Line to recommence play.
(c) If the field umpire is of the opinion that a Player has not Kicked the football back into play in accordance with Law 13.1, and the player deliberately steps back over the scoring line, it shall be determined by the Umpire as a Free kick for the opposite team in accordance with 15.7.

13.3 KICK INTO PLAY AFTER GOAL UMPIRE SIGNAL

A Player of the defending Team may kick the football into play when the goal Umpire has signalled that a behind has been scored.

13.4 ATTACKING TEAM DELAYING RECOMMENCEMENT OF PLAY

Where the field Umpire is of the opinion that a Player from the attacking Team:
(i) is within 5 metres of the Goal Square at the time when a Player from the defending Team is Kicking the football back into play and has had sufficient time to vacate the area;
(ii) has prevented or attempted to prevent the Player from the defending Team from kicking the football back into play; or
(iii) has otherwise delayed play
The field Umpire shall award a Free Kick to the defending Team and a fifty metre penalty from the Kick-Off Line.

13.5 OFFICIAL WITHIN FIFTY-METRE ARC

Unless attending to an injured Player, no Official is permitted within the Fifty-Metre Arc during the time when a defensive Player is preparing to Kick or in the act of Kicking the football back into play after a Behind has been scored. Where an Official contravenes this Law, the opposing Team shall be awarded a Free Kick at the back line of the Centre Square, to be taken by the Player from the opposing Team who is closest to that location.