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.
Spirit of the Laws
In an effort to achieve consistency in decision making there is an emphasis on understanding the spirit of the laws and officiating according to the spirit of the laws. The Spirit of the Laws are the philosophies underlying the laws.
Click here for a copy of the 2013 Spirit of the Laws brochure.
New law interpretations has 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.
2013 Laws of Australian Football
2013 Laws of Australian Football DVD
The below are video excerpts from the 2013 Laws of Australian Football DVD