GSFL Supplementary Rules 2024


The Rules contained and listed herein have been introduced to and adopted by the Great Southern Football League during meetings of League Delegates and confirmed by majority vote (7 Clubs “for” is a minimum).

The Rules are to be read and used in conjunction with GSFL Constitution and Bylaws as well as the “AFL Community Football Handbook”, any SANFL Community Football Rules, Procedures and Guidelines however they shall override or supersede any rules contained in the above.

Amendments, deletions, or additional Rules may be instituted at a meeting of the League Delegates as long as the amendment, deletion or addition rule is listed as an agenda item and the Clubs have at least 28 days’ notice of such.


  • 1. League Executive Officers
  1. A person is not permitted to hold an Executive position with the GSFL and an Executive or Senior Coaching position with an Affiliated Club simultaneously.
  2. Club Executive description defined by a position whereby the person has a voting right of the club management committee.
  • 2. Player Transfer hearing referred for a Tribunal to heard by the League Commissioners
  1. A $200 application fee is to be lodged by a Club requesting a clearance or transfer hearing.
  2. If the clearance or transfer is granted the $200 shall be returned and the refusing Club to pay the $200 hearing fee.
  • 3. Central Umpires for finals
  1. The two-umpire system will be used in all Senior Colts and Reserves matches in the major round.
  • 4. Association Matches
  1. Players who are selected in the Association Training Squads who do not attend training without giving a reason or whose excuse is not acceptable by the Coach and Executive, shall be suspended for the following Club match.
  • 5. Water persons
  1. During A Grade games, persons on the field carrying water to the players must be of Senior Colt age or older – clubs not complying to be fined $50 per person per day.
  • 6. Junior Colt Goal Kickers list
  1. No goal kickers or top goal kicking list is to be published for the Junior Colts. The list will be kept on the prescribed system of the League and the Top Goal Kicking Trophy will be presented at the end of the season.
  • 7. Injury to an Umpire
  1. The offending Club to which a player belongs is responsible for the costs incurred if a player is found guilty of deliberately assaulting and injuring an umpire.
  • 8. Player Warnings
  1. Panel appointed boundary umpires are to have the power to issue warnings for category B type offences. These will not result in a send-off but count along with other warnings the player may have.
  • 9. Change of Venue or Ground
  1. The Executive of the League have the power to change the venue of any programmed match if in their opinion the facility poses undue risk to participants or public safety.
  • 10. Team Runners
  1. A Team is permitted to have two runners provided they are both nominated on the Team sheet and that only one runner is permitted on the field during play at any one time.
  2. Penalty following report: – a warning; or fine of $200; or Team suspension from using two runners as determined by the League Commissioners.
  • 11. Senior Coach shall not act as a Runner
  1. A Club appointed Senior Coach (or member of the Senior Coaching Panel) is not permitted to a runner for any match – Penalty may be a fine to a maximum of $1,000 and/or loss of Premiership points with points for annulled as determined by the League Commissioners.
  • 12. Player or Players found Guilty by a Tribunal
  1. Clubs with players found guilty by the Tribunal shall be levied $200 per player.
  • 13. Female Participation
  1. The GSFL adopts the “AFL Policy” in relation to “Female Participation” where no dedicated female competition exists, female participation excludes females when they turn 14 years by January one (1) in the year of play.
  • 14. Counting of Players
  1. The captain or acting captain of a team may at any time during a match request that the field umpire count the number of players of the opposing team who are on the playing surface.
  2. Where such a request is made the field umpire shall stop play and signal time-on at the first available opportunity and call into line, within the centre square, the players of both teams who are at the time on the playing surface and count the number of players.
  3. Where the team has more than the permitted number of players on the playing field the following shall apply:
    1. a field umpire shall award a free kick to the captain or acting captain of the opposing team which shall be taken at the centre circle or where play was stopped, whichever is the greater penalty against the offending team.
    2. a twenty-five-metre penalty shall then be imposed from the position where the free kick was awarded: and
    3. if a field umpire is of the opinion that the request was made primarily to delay play or such request did not have sufficient merit, the field umpire shall report the captain or acting captain who requested the count for time wasting as a Category “A” offence.
  4. The field umpire as soon as practical after the match, report to The League that a request has been made to count the number of players in a team and the number of players actually counted.
  5. The League shall determine whether the offending team shall lose all points which it had scored in the match up to the time of the count, and if so determined the League shall have power to vary the scores of the match and/or provide such other penalty as deemed appropriate by The League.

This regulation is to be read in conjunction with the AFL Laws of Australian Football.

  • CATEGORY ‘A’ (REPORT)for a breach of the following rules:-
    • The Umpire shall indicate that the person has been reported by holding a RED CARD towards the Interchange Steward.
    • The offending player shall be automatically reported and sent from the field for the remainder of the game and not replaced for a period of 5 minutes, if, in the opinion of the umpire, the breach was either deliberate, vicious or provocative. In this situation, the field umpire shall stop the play and indicate to the timekeeper or match steward who shall record the ‘sendoff’ and time thereof.
  • CATEGORY ‘B'(WARNING)for a breach of the following rules:-
    • The offending player shall be warned at the discretion of the umpire. A player so reported shall be ordered from the field according to the procedures described in Category ‘A’. A player so warned shall be sent from the field for a period of 5 minutes and NOT REPLACED. In this situation, the field umpire shall stop the play and indicate to the timekeeper or match steward who shall record the ‘sendoff’ and time thereof. If the offending player receives a second warning, whether it before the same or any other offence on the same day, he shall be ordered from the field for the remainder of the game and NOT REPLACED for a period of 5 minutes. (In this instance warning sheet will be issued for each offence).

    The following to apply:-

  • A player who receives three (3) warnings during the course of any two (2) year period will be automatically suspended for the following two (2) weekends after the third offence in which his club plays. The club and player will be notified by the League Secretary in writing stating the weekends of disqualification.
  • If a player receives a further warning after being suspended in the course of any two years the player will be automatically suspended for a further two matches.
  • Right of Appeal

  • The player has the right of appeal to the GSFL commissioners against and Sendoff. This appeal to be lodged with the Secretary of the League by 9.00am on the Monday after the Sendoff, accompanied by a $200 fee which shall be forfeited in the event of the Sendoff being upheld. The ruling of the Commissioners is subject to appeal as per GSFL BYLAWS.
  • Reports

  • A Player reported for an offence shall be sent from the field and shall not be replaced for a period of five (5) minutes of playing time.
  • The Field Umpire shall stop the play and indicate to the Interchange Steward the number of the player reported shall be recorded on the interchange sheet along with the time when the player leaves the field.
  • The reported player may not return to the field during the match; however such player be replaced on the field by another player at the end of the five minutes playing time as notified by the Interchange Steward.
  • Category A Offence is one where the offence is such to cause a player to be officially reported and whom shall then be required to appear before the Tribunal in accordance with the Laws of Australian Football.
  • Category B Offence is dealt with by the send of rule (Yellow Card).
  • Special notes concerning the “Send Off” Rule
    1. The time for a five (5) minutes (Playing Time) “send off” shall commence when the offending player crosses the interchange line.
    2. The offending player or his replacement must re-enter the playing field through the marked interchange area.
    3. The club representative of a player who has been warned shall attend the umpires’ room after the match in order to receive the written advice of the warning in the same manner as for the procedures for reporting players.
  • Umpires Signals for players sent from ground.
    1. Warning (5 minutes off)
      1. The umpire will show a YELLOW CARD to the Interchange Steward as well as the player.
    2. Report
      1. The Umpire will show a RED CARD to the Interchange Steward as well as the player.
    3. Blood Rule
      1. The Umpire shall cross his arms with fists clenched to indicate that a player is being sent from the field because of the “Blood Rule.”
      2. Note: -A player required to leave the ground because of this rule should be replaced immediately the Umpire gives the “Blood Rule” signal and play can recommence immediately the affected player leaves the field.

It is a requirement for the Interchange Steward to record the Interchange on the prescribed form.


(Under 12, Mini Colts – Under 14.5 – Junior Colts)

  1. The purpose of this rule is to encourage coaches to provide the best possible experience for all players on a match day. Where a match is clearly going to be one sided on the scoreboard, coaches are to use any means necessary to ensure a good experience for all players. This could include:
    1. Rotation of players into positions they don’t normally play.
    2. Resting more skilled players.