EFL Junior Rules

Football Requirements
Under 8 9 & 10 Sherrin – Size 2
Under 11 & 12 Sherrin – Size 3
Under 13 & 14 Sherrin – Size 4
Under 15 & 16 Sherrin – Full Size

  • All footballs used must have the EFL approved sponsors logo.
  • In non competitive age groups (under 8-10) two footballs in good condition must be supplied.
  • In the competitive age groups (under 11-16) two approved leather footballs in good condition
  • must be supplied. At least one of the two balls supplied must be a red leather football.
  • The away team captain will select which ball to use in a first round match.

Start Times
Under 8 9.30/10.30/11.30 am
Under 9 & 10 9.30 am
Under 11 & 12 10.55 am
Under 13 & 14 12.30 pm
Under 15 & 16 2.30 pm

Length of Quarters*
Under 8 10 minute quarters
Under 9 & 10 12 minute quarters
Under 11 & 12 15 minute quarters
Under 13 14 15 & 16 20 minute quarters

*There is no time on in any junior competition matches

Officials Required
Team Coach (Accredited) All age groups
Team Manager All age groups
Trainer (Accredited) All age groups
Water Carrier (Optional) All age groups
Runner All age groups
Interchange Steward All age groups except 8 9 & 10
Timekeeper All age groups
Boundary Umpire All age groups except 8 9 & 10
Goal Umpire All age groups except 8 & 9
Umpires Escort All age groups

Playing Out of Age Group/Team

All players in the under 8 to under 16 grades (inclusive) may play out of their registered age group. However, no player may:

  1. Play more than two (2) games out of his/her registered age group in any one season.
  2. Play more than two years (grades) above his/her registered age group.
  3. Once a player has qualified in a division they are limited to two (2) matches in a higher division. They cannot move down to a lower division.
  4. Where a club field’s more than one team in the same competitive age group up to under 16, a player is permitted to move between teams, but once they have played three (3) matches in the higher graded team they may not move to the lower graded team for the remainder of the season. Players in the lower rated team are free to move to the higher rated team during first round matches (home and away). The team a player first qualifies in (3 games) is the only team they can represent in finals.
  5. Where a bye is fixtured in the higher graded team, no player is permitted to move to the lower graded team during the week of the bye.
  6. If a club forfeits a match the forfeit can only occur in the lower rated team.

In circumstances where 18 eligible players will not be available to take the field in a nominated under age match, the League CEO may at his absolute discretion grant a permit to play for a player/s for the nominated match only. A request for such a permit must be supported by a statutory declaration stating that 18 eligible players are not available for the match.

Number of Players Needed to Start Match

In the competitive age groups (under 11-16) a minimum of 14 players from both teams is needed to start a match.

If a match is forfeited due to lack of numbers, the teams may agree to conduct an unofficial practice match and the field umpires are requested to assist if necessary.

Special Rules – Under 8 & 9 Divisions

Players Numbers

15 players per side, with no rucks/ruck- rovers and rovers meaning centre players contest centre bounce.

Ground Size

The matches may be played on a reduced ground to a minimum of one half of a full size ground.

Centre Ball Ups

A player may not take full possession of the ball at a ball up. The ball must go to another player or touch the ground before the player winning the knockout can take possession of the ball. A centre ball up will occur after each score, whether it is a goal or behind.

Field Ball Ups

Two opponents of approximately the same height are to be selected by the umpire to contest the ball up. They do not have to be the closest or the tallest players. As with the centre ball ups full possession is not allowed.

Out of Bounds

Whether by foot or by hand, and regardless of the ball going out on the full, a free kick is awarded against the team who last touched the ball and is taken by the nearest opponent. If there is any doubt as to which team last touched the ball, a free kick is awarded to the nearest player of the defending team.

Tackling/Bumping/Barging

Players cannot tackle an opponent, bump a player, hold an opponent, push an opponent in the side, knock or take the ball out of an opponent’s hands.

Players are not allowed to barge or chop past an opposition player.

The EFL Junior Policy endorses the need to prevent “barging” to stop players (particularly the stronger players) from running through and over players rather than disposing of the ball.

Shepherding

A player is not allowed to block, shoulder or push an opponent not in possession of the ball.

Marking

A mark is to be paid to a player who catches the ball regardless of the distance of the kick, provided the ball is not touched in transit.

Bouncing the Ball

A player is allowed to bounce the ball once before disposing of it by hand or foot. After disposal the player cannot touch the ball until another player has touched the ball.

Kicking Off the Ground

A player is not allowed to deliberately kick the ball off the ground.

Playing On

A player who has been awarded a mark or free kick cannot play on. They must go back behind the mark and either kick or handball.

Advantage Rule

The advantage rule after a free kick will not be applied.

Coaches

Coaches are not permitted on the ground. An official runner can be used.

Special Rules – Under 10 Division

Ground Size

The matches may be played on a reduced ground to a minimum of one half of a full size ground.

Out of Bounds

Whether by foot or by hand, and regardless of the ball going out on the full a free kick is awarded against the team who last touched the ball, and is taken by the nearest opponent. If there is any doubt as to which team last touched the ball, a free kick is awarded to the nearest player of the defending team.

Bouncing the Ball

A player is allowed to bounce the ball once before disposing of it by hand or foot. After disposal that player cannot touch the ball until another player has touched the ball.

Kicking Off the Ground

A player is not allowed to deliberately kick the ball off the ground.

Playing On

A player who has been awarded a mark or free kick cannot play on. They must go back behind the mark and either kick or handball.

Advantage Rule

The advantage rule after a free kick will not be applied.

Marking the Ball

A mark shall be awarded to a player catching the ball from the kick of another player not less than

5 metres distance, providing the ball has not been touched in transit.

Coaches

Coaches are not permitted on the ground.

An official runner can be used.

Additional Rules – Under 8, 9 & 10 Divisions

  • In all under 8, 9 and 10 competitions if, prior to the commencement of the match, a team has less than the maximum number of players permitted on the ground (for that age group), that team may request sufficient players from the opposition to bring the number of players up to the maximum number permitted. If the request is denied, both teams will play with the same number of players.
  • If a request for additional players in accordance with above, an equal number of players on each team must be maintained throughout the game. A count of players on each team and subsequent exchange of players will be done at each quarter break.
  • Where both teams have less than the maximum number of players permitted on the ground, the total number of players will be divided equally. Where an odd number of players exist, the team with the highest number of players will retain the additional player.

Order Off Rule

  • Players in any junior grade, (under 8s to 16s), may be ordered from the field by the field umpire and may be reported. Players can be ordered from the field for breaching the AFL rules of football/EFL codes of conduct.
  • All players sent off can be replaced.

A. FIRST ORDER OFF DURING GAME BY FIELD UMPIRE

Penalty: Player ordered from the ground for 15 minutes of playing time, and can be replaced from the interchange bench.

  • The player may be reported for this offence.
  • This will be notified by the field umpire holding up a yellow card.

B. SECOND ORDER OFF OF SAME PLAYER DURING SAME GAME BY FIELD UMPIRE

Penalty: Player ordered from the field for the duration of the game.

  • Player will incur an automatic suspension if ordered off more than once during a match or season.
  • Player ordered off can be replaced from the interchange bench for the remainder of the game.

This will be notified by the Field Umpire holding up a red card.

C. REPORTING OF PLAYER BY FIELD UMPIRE FOR SERIOUS OFFENSE

Penalty: Player ordered from the field for the duration of the game and must appear before the EFL tribunal.

  • Player ordered off can be replaced from the interchange bench for the remainder of the game.
  • This will be notified by the Field Umpire holding up a red card.

Automatic Suspension

  • Any player ordered from the field more than once during a match or through the course of a season will incur an automatic one match suspension. A third order off will also incur an automatic one match suspension.
  • These suspensions will be notified to clubs by the EFL staff.
  • Any club who believes a player has been sent off unfairly has the right to appeal and if successful the send off will be taken off EFL records. To have an appeal heard the club must write to the Football Operations Manager stating reasons for seeking an appeal. This letter together with a $100 bond must be received by 5.00 pm on the Monday immediately following the match in question.

Scoring

  • In all non competitive age groups (under 8/10) ladders will not be maintained and accordingly match results have no consequence. However under 10 scores need to be lodged for grading purposes. The use of scoreboards is not allowed.
  • The home club in each junior grade from Under 10 to Under 16 (inclusive) match shall be responsible to lodge scores by no later than 12.00 noon on the Monday following the match in the manner stipulated by the EFL.

Interchange Player Numbers

  • In all non competitive age groups (under 8/9/10) a maximum of 8 interchange players is permitted.
  • In all competitive age groups (under 11/12/13/14/15/16) a maximum of 6 interchange players is permitted.

Team Benches

No more than 4 people in addition to the interchange players are permitted on the team bench.

Age Qualification Requirements

  • To qualify to participate in a particular competition age group, a player must meet the age requirements (i.e. be under 16 etc.) as of the 1 January prior to the season in question.
  • No player shall be permitted to play in the junior competition unless they attain at least the age of eight years during that person’s first year of registration with the EFL.

Coach Accreditation/Registration

It is compulsory that all junior coaches have obtained at least level one accreditation. All EFL coaches must be registered each season by completing a coach registration form. Any club who seeks to appoint any coach under 18 years of age must gain approval from the junior committee.

One Match Interchange Policy

Clubs are able to loan players to another club within the EFL for one match, if the one match interchange form has been completed correctly.

Best & Fairest Awards

League best and fairest awards will be voted on by the field umpires in all competitive age groups

(under 11/12/13/14/15/16).

Any player suspended by the tribunal throughout the season will be ineligible to win these awards.

Finals Eligibility

For a junior player to be eligible for his club in finals games, the player must have played a minimum of (three) 3 games for his club’s team in the division in which that team competes.

Any player who plays with senior teams must play AT LEAST 6 games in the under 16 home and away matches to be eligible for the under 16 final series.

 

Maximum Player Lists

No junior grade team in the competitive age group (under 11/12/13/14/15/16) is permitted to have

more than 30 players registered in each season.