One of AFI’s major goals is to secure the inclusion of Footy 9s in the 2040 Olympic Games. This is part of our 2020 – 2040 Strategic Plan.
We know this is not going to happen overnight, and a lot of hard work must be done to achieve this goal. Other sports, however, have shown that it can be done.
We are keen to follow in the footsteps of Rugby 7s, which is now an Olympic sport after making its debut at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Footy 9s is similar to Rugby 7s in that an immediate connection is made to the sport, with added reference to the number of players on the field.
Please find below footage of both gold medal matches at the 2016 Olympic Games. If Rugby 7s can be included in the Olympics, so can Footy 9s. It’s time to take our great game to the world.