AFLW Definitions

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Want to know the difference between an uncontested and contested possession, or what makes a mark a mark? Take a look below to see what all those AFLW terms mean.

Game Play Definitions

These are terms you might see on the Match Centre or hear from a commentator during a match.

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Legally disposing of the ball via a kick or handball.

Disposal efficiency

Percentage of disposals that are effective or to the benefit of the player's team.

Average disposals

Average number of disposals per match played.

Efficiency (Eff) inside 50

Scoring shots generated per activity within the 50-meter arc.

Inside 50

Number of times the ball is moved from the midfield into the forward 50-meter arc.

Contested possessions

Gaining possession of the ball as a result of winning a contest.

Uncontested possessions

Gaining possession of the ball while under no physical pressure, either from a teammate's disposal or an opposition kick.


Catching the ball from a kick of 15 or more meters that hasn’t touched the ground or another player.

Contested marks

Taking a mark under the physical pressure of an opponent or in a pack.

Marks in 50

Number of marks taken within the 50-meter arc.


Legally grabbing hold of an opponent who is in possession of the ball to prevent them from getting an effective disposal.

Tackles in forward 50

Tackles made within the forward 50-meter arc.

Intercepted possession

Possession of the ball resulting from stealing the ball from an opponent's pass.


Losing of possession of the ball to the opposition during general play.


The first effective disposal that clears the stoppage area. A 'stoppage' is a ball-up or a throw-in.

Centre (CL) clearance

Clearances from a centre ball-up.

Stoppage (CL) clearance

Clearances from a ball-up or throw-in.

Frees for

A free possession of the ball after a player is interfered with and is awarded a free kick by the umpires.


Knocking the ball out of a ‘ruck’ contest at a stoppage, giving clear control of the ball to either team.


Touching the ball to the ground, either by directly placing the ball on the turf or by bouncing the ball on the run. Players can't run with the ball more than 15 meters without a bounce.

Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4

First quarter, Second quarter, Third quarter, Fourth quarter.

Results Definitions

Below are terms you might see on your TV screen or live stream while watching a match.

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Goal - 6 points


Behind - 1 point

0.0 (0)

Goals. Behinds (overall)


Games won


Games Lost


Games Drawn

Average (av.) points for

Team’s average points per game for the season.

Average (av.) points against

Average points scored against this team.

Average (av.) winning margin

Average winning margin in 2018 (games won).

Average (av.) losing margin

Average losing margin in 2018 (games lost).