The Game

AFLW 101

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Match Quarters

On The Clock

These games are going to be short, sharp and action packed. The quarters will run for 15mins apiece. Time on will be called in the last two minutes of each quarter for all stoppages (probably 20mins all up). When you add in the quarter, half time and three-quarter time breaks, the whole match will be done and dusted in 2hrs.

Match Quarters

On The Ground

Each team will field 16 a side with most of the players in favour of the change. With a few less out there the game seems to flow better. And fans always love to see the ball moving, efficient scoring and spectacular marks!

Match Quarters

On The Bench

Five players cooling the bench (and keeping cool) plus two emergencies helps keep the players safer from dangerous heat stress and to keep physical injuries down. As a bonus this keeps almost the whole team in the thick of the action on the day (which is great for everyone).



With the women performing at capacity out there in pretty warm conditions across February and March there are uncapped rotations so players are able to grab needed bench time to cool down and recover.

Smaller Ball

Ball Size

It might be hard for the fans to pick it, but the ball is a little smaller with the Sherrin at a size 4. Scientific analysis showed it suited the female bodies better and as a bonus their kicks can fly further too.

Out of Bounds

Out of Bound / Rushed Behinds

At this level the players must aim to keep the ball in play, so a free kick will be given against a player who Kicks or Handballs the footy over the Boundary Line without it being touched by another Player. The only time this rule doesn’t apply is if a player who isn’t holding the ball stops someone touching the ball before it goes out.

Smaller Ball

Bye Bye Bounce

The traditional bounce is bounced with umpires throwing up the smaller ball instead from centre square and for ball ups.