AFL Rules: Order Off Law

20. ORDER OFF LAW

20.1 APPLICATION

This Law 20 applies to all competitions other than the AFL competition.

20.2 ORDER OFF FOR REMAINDER OF MATCH

In addition to being reported, a field or emergency field Umpire shall order the Player reported from the Playing Surface for the remainder of a Match if the Player is reported for any of the following Reportable Offences:
(a) intentionally, recklessly or negligently making contact with or striking an Umpire;
(b) attempting to make contact with or strike an Umpire;
(c) using abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene language towards or in relation to an Umpire;
(d) behaving in an abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene manner towards or in relation to an Umpire;
(e) intentionally, recklessly or negligently kicking another person;
(f) an act of misconduct if the Umpire is of the opinion that the act constituting misconduct is serious in nature.
A Controlling Body may specify other Reportable Offences or conduct for which a Player may be ordered from the Playing Surface for the remainder of the Match.

20.3 OTHER REPORTABLE OFFENCES

A Player reported on a second occasion by an Umpire for the same or any other Reportable Offence other than those listed in Law 20.2, shall, in addition to being reported, be ordered from the Playing Surface for the remainder of the Match.

20.4 REPLACING PLAYER

A Controlling Body may determine a period of time which must elapse before a Player ordered from the Playing Surface under Laws 20.2 or 20.3 can be replaced by another Player. In the absence of a determination by a Controlling Body, a Player ordered from the Playing Surface under this Law shall not be replaced by another Player.

20.5 ORDER OFF FOR SPECIFIED PERIOD

In addition to being reported on the first occasion for committing a Reportable Offence, other than those listed in Law 20.2, a Controlling Body may determine that a Player be ordered from the Playing Surface for such period as it in its absolute discretion deems fit.

20.6 SIGNALLING AND PROCEDURE FOR ORDER OFF

20.6.1 Signal
A field Umpire shall, in addition to informing a Player that they are to immediately leave the Playing Surface, signal that the Player has been ordered off the Playing Surface by pointing to the Interchange Area. The field Umpire shall hold aloft a red card to signal that the Player has been ordered off for the remainder of the match or a yellow card to signify that the Player has been ordered off for a period of time as specified by the Controlling Body.

20.6.2 Player to Leave Playing Surface
(a) A Player shall immediately leave the Playing Surface when ordered to do so by an Umpire under this Law 20.
(b) Where a Player refuses to or does not immediately leave the Playing Surface when ordered to do so by an Umpire, the following shall apply:
(i) in addition to being reported for the Reportable Offence which led to the Player being ordered from the Playing Surface, the Player shall be reported for misconduct in failing to follow a direction of an Umpire;
(ii) the Match shall immediately end and the reported Player’s Team shall forfeit the Match; and
(iii) Law 10.7 shall apply to any Match which is forfeited.

20.7 REDUCTION OF PLAYERS

If a Team is reduced to less than 14 Players by reason of a Player(s) being ordered from the Playing Surface, the following shall apply:
(a) the field Umpire may, in their absolute discretion, declare the Match forfeited by the Team with less than 14 Players, in which case Law 10.7 shall apply; or
(b) if the Match continues, the field Umpire shall, as soon as practicable, lodge with the relevant Controlling Body a written report which contains:
(i) the circumstances leading to the reduction of Players;
(ii) the scores of each Team at the time the field Umpire allowed the Match to continue; and
(iii) the final score of the Match; and
(c) upon receipt of the written report, the Controlling Body may in its absolute discretion:
(i) confirm the results of the Match; or
(ii) determine the Match forfeited by the Team with less than 14 Players, in which case Law 10.7 shall apply.