The AFL has implemented a number of rule changes for the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership season,
including alterations to interchanges and manning of the marks.

Clubs will be restricted to 75 interchanges per match, down from the 90 allowed in 2020.

The 2021 season will also see an amendment for players standing on the mark, with 50-metre
penalties to be imposed on players who move – outside a one metre “level of tolerance” – laterally
off the mark before ‘play on’ has been called.

Players returning the ball to play after an opposition behind will be given a 15-metre space, an
increase of five metres, between them and the opponent standing the mark.

“The evolution of the game has seen an increase in defensive structures and these changes
combined are designed to provide a better balance between attack and defence while encouraging
more open ball movement,” the AFL’s General Manager of Football Operations, Steve Hocking said.

Although the AFL have implemented numerous rule changes the RDFNL Commission have decided
that only 1 rule change will be introduced. 

Rule Changes Implemented into the 2021 RDFNL Season…..

  • Location of The Mark at Kick Ins
    • The Mark shall be set at 15 metres from the centre of the Kick-Off Line towards the centre of
      the ground at Kick Ins. This was previously set at 10 metres.