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AFLX is a seven-a-side variation of Australian rules football, played intermittently as a pre-season event in the Australian Football League (AFL).


The rules of the game differ from Australian rules football in some significant ways. The game is played on a rectangular soccer-sized pitch, allowing matches to be hosted by stadiums that usually lack the suitable field dimensions for Australian rules football.[1] Other rules unique to AFLX are:[1][2]

  • Games consist of two 10-minute halves with a two-minute break at half-time
  • Played on a rectangular field with dimensions similar to that of a soccer field
  • Seven players on the field per team, with three players on the bench and no limit to rotations
  • Last touch out-of-bounds rule introduced (team that had last touch loses possession)
  • The ball is kicked in from full-back after all scores
  • 10-point super goals are registered for goals kicked from outside the 40m arc
  • No marks paid for backwards kicks (except for kicks/marks inside the forward[3] 40m arc)
  • Free shot from inside the 40m arc to the opposite team in the event of a rushed behind


Season Winner(s)
2018 Group A: Adelaide Crows
Group B: Melbourne Demons
Group C: Brisbane Lions


On 6 February 2018, AFLX was launched by AFL Chief Executive Officer Gillon McLachlan at Docklands Stadium. McLachlan said that AFLX would help promote football internationally.[4]


  1. ^ a b "AFLX revealed: Who your club plays". 17 November 2017.
  2. ^ "AFLX rules, schedule and fixture confirmed: What is AFLX?". Herald Sun. 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "AFLX Explained". 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ Lusted, Peter (6 February 2018). "AFL launches AFLX, using rectangular fields to attract new supporters overseas". ABC News. Retrieved 12 September 2018.

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