What is mini footy for ages 8 & 9?

Junior League is an excellent way for young boys and girls to stay fit and healthy while having a ball along the way. For our U8s and U9s, it’s all about being a part of the team, half-time oranges and most importantly having fun!

8 & 9 years have their own special rules and the elimination of scrums. There are 8 players per team on the field at a time to ensure plenty of smiles and that everyone gets their turn with the ball.

The essential info:

  • 4 x 8-minute quarters
  • 6 tackles in a set.
  • Pass twice in every play.
  • First Receiver wears a Yellow Vest (8s and 9s) and Dummy Half wears a Pink Vest (9s only). Both players can run the ball, be tackled and not turn over the ball to the opposing team.
  • Goal conversion kicks.
  • Kicking is not allowed in U8s.
  • Kicking is allowed in 9s play but no bombs are allowed.

Boys and girls play in the same teams, usually until the age of 12, that way everyone can play with their friends.

Click Here for the NRL Rule Book

Keeping it safe


All coaches and trainers must be fully accredited to coach a team and undergo a professional course prior to the season starting.

We also adhere to the SafePlay Code to ensure we create the best possible on-field environment for our young players. It applies to all age groups up to Under 15’s.

More details:

Games are played on Saturdays and the season runs from April to September.

​Our region has 9 junior league clubs and games are played at varying locations.

All players must wear a mouth-guard and rugby boots. Headgear is optional.

All players receive in their registration pack a Training shirt. Plus includes player insurance and PlayNRL Rewards which entitles the player, coach and all registered volunteers to 1 FREE ticket to every round of the Telstra NRL Premiership.

The current status of the Brothers JRL grounds is Open.

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