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To become an Associate Member of Australian Football International (AFI), a country must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 4 Footy 9s senior teams playing in a structured competition.
  • Have adequate facilities and infrastructure for Footy 9s, including access to playing fields, training facilities, and equipment.
  • Have a development plan for growing Footy 9s, including introducing the sport to juniors and schools.
  • Have a functioning administration, including being incorporated and having a constitution.

Once a country meets these criteria, it can apply to AFI for associate membership.