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Dimensions for Rugby League

Rugby league is a team sport, played by two teams of 13 players. The aim is to carry an oval ball up the field towards the opponent’s in-goal where the ball is grounded to score a try, worth four points. Having scored the try, the team has the right to attempt to kick a goal worth a further two points if successful. The opposing team attempts to prevent the attacking team from carrying out this objective by tackling the player with the ball.

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The information in this guide is general in nature and cannot be relied upon as professional advice concerning the design of, or marking out for, sporting facilities and playing areas. No assurance is given as to the accuracy of any information contained in this guide and readers should not rely on its accuracy. Readers should obtain their own independent and professional advice in relation to their proposed sporting activity.

Senior rugby league

Playing field

Rugby league is played on a rectangular grass field 68m wide and 100m long. The recommended minimum around the field is 3m (preferred 5m).

The goal posts are 16m high and 5.5m wide. The crossbar is 3m high from the ground to the top of the bar. The in-goal areas measure 68m wide and between 6m–11m long. It is recommended that the bottom 2m of the uprights are padded.

Line markings

Lines 15cm wide and white in colour are marked on the field at 10m, 20m, 30m, 40m, halfway line, try line, dead ball line and touch line. Distance markers white in colour with a red outline and 2m high are placed at the 10m, 20m, 30m, 40m and 50m lines.

Each venue has a media restraining line marked out on either side of the field, 1.5m from the touch line. This line is 10cm wide and red in colour. Scrum lines are marked 10m and 20m in from the touch line. These are 10cm in width and white in colour.

Rugby league field


The major influences of the game affecting lighting are the fast pace, heavy body contact, low trajectory passes and kicks ranging from along the ground to high trajectory parallel to the playing pitch. The dimensions of the playing area, together with typical orientation of high trajectory kicks, make side lighting systems convenient and appropriate.

Following are the minimum Australian Standards for lighting of all football codes:

Australian Standards for lighting of all football codes
Grade Ball, physical training Club competition, match practice Competition
Amateur and semi-professional 50 lux 100 lux 200 lux
Professional 100 lux 200 lux 500 lux

Mini footy

The overall dimensions for 6, 7 and 8 years is approximately 68m (width of regulation-size field) by 30m (from 10m line to 40m line) of a regulation field.

At nine years, the field may be enlarged to measure 68m x 40m (maximum).

The halfway line stretches between the centres of the goal lines of the regulation field and across the 'mini' field as outlined above and in the diagram.

The quarterway line stretches from side to side of the 'mini' field 20m from the touch line of the adult field, i.e. the 20m scrum line.

The 10m and 5m lines are 'judged' by the referee.

The touch in-goal line is 8m (maximum) from the goal line (i.e. touch line of adult field). This in-goal depth measurement is regarded as a maximum. No minimum applies, although a reasonable depth should be used depending on the available space.

When using witches’ hats, stakes or the like, care must be taken in their placement to ensure the safety of the players.

The goal posts are 3m wide and 3.5m high with the crossbar located 2m above the ground. The goal posts are made of 50mm diameter PVC tubing.
Mini footy field

Mod league

After younger players develop their skills through mini footy, they are ready to progress to the next level. However, they are still relatively unsuited to the full rigours of the international game. Mod league has been developed so that players can continue a steady progression through the various age groups.

Mod league builds on mini footy by still providing modified rules, but the players now start to focus on some of the more complex team and personal skills as well as keeping their involvement level high.

Mod league has been designed to cater for children aged between nine and 12 years.

Field of play

The field at ages 9, 10 and 11 years measures 80m by 48m. The halfway line is halfway of the adult field. The quarterway line is the 30m line of the adult field.

In-goal is the area between the adult goal line and the line 10m from, and in front of, it. The touch in-goal lines are the portions of the two lines 10m from the adult field’s touch lines.

Goal posts are part of the dead ball line.

The field at 12 years is the adult field i.e. 100m x 68m. The 20m line is the quarterway line.
Mod league field

Sport association details

nullJohn Sackson
nullChief Executive Officer
nullAddress: PO Box 8650 PERTH BC WA 6849
nullTelephone: 08 9228 9275
nullEmail: warl@iinet.net.au
Website: Website: www.warugbyleague.com.au

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