AFL Laws of the Game

This publication (courtesy of the AFL) contains the Laws of Australian Football as administered and controlled by the AFL. These Laws apply to bodies affiliated to the AFL and to bodies affiliated to AFL Affiliates. Controlling bodies may make appropriate modifications consistent with the spirit of these laws for under-age competitions. Australian Football is a game played between two teams competing in accordance with these Laws.

The objective of each team playing Australian Football is to win by scoring more points than the opposing team. The winner of a match of Australian Football is the team which has scored, in accordance with these Laws, the greater number of points at the conclusion of the match. A match is drawn when each team has the same number of points at the conclusion of the match.

These Laws explain how a match of Australian Football is played and seek to attain the following objectives: To ensure that the game of Australian Football is played in a fair manner and a spirit of true sportsmanship To prevent injuries to players participating in a match so far as this objective can be reasonably achieved in circumstances where Australian Football is a body contact sport.

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