Law Interpretations

The Laws of Australian Football allow for the game to be played in a safe and fun environment. They also ensure that players that make their primary focus the ball will always be protected.

New law interpretations have seen the number of stoppages being reduced in recent seasons resulting in a more continuous and free-flowing style of football. The traditional aspects of our game including high marking, clever ruck play, fierce tackling and players making the football their primary focus has added to spectator appeal. In a contact sport where strong contests are a key feature of our game, the rule and interpretation changes of late have also helped to provide a safer environment for all participants. The game of Australian Football continues to evolve as teams push themselves to the limit to achieve the ultimate dream; a premiership. In keeping with the ever-changing nature of the game the link below has the latest AFL Laws:

View the 2024 AFL Laws


Holding the Ball & Prior Opportunity



USAFLUA Player Count Decision Tree

USAFLUA Player Count Decision Tree (PDF)



Click here to return to the USAFLUA Resources Page