Competition Rules

Draw explanation

69 games will be played over 17 weeks. Each team will compete in 13 round robin games over 14 weeks. Australian teams will play Australian teams twice, and New Zealand teams once. New Zealand teams will play New Zealand teams twice, and Australian teams once.

This is a 1 and a half round robin draw.

The Finals Series is played over 3 weeks.

Week 1
Major series final (Game A): 1 v 2: Minor semi final (Game B): 3 v 4

Week 2
Preliminary final (Game C): Loser major semi final v winner minor semi final

Week 3
Final (Game D): Winner major semi final v winner preliminary final;
All games must play to a result - no draws are permitted

Competition points
Win = 2 points
Lose = 0 points

There are no bonus points in the ANZ Championship

Extra time
In the event that teams are tied at full time in a game, extra time will be played.

A three minute interval follows the full time whistle, and then two periods of seven minutes will be played, with no interval between periods. If teams are still drawn at the end of the second period of seven minutes, play will continue uninterrupted until one team has a two-goal advantage. This period is referred to as extended extra time.

To indicate that the game has entered the period of extended extra time described above, an orange flag will be placed in the score bench.

For the ANZ Championship, the intervals are:

First quarter break = 4 minutes
Half time break = 10 minutes
Third quarter break = 4 minutes

Stoppages for injury or illness (international rule change)
The first stoppage for each team per quarter is up to two minutes. The player may be treated and may remain on court. In each subsequent stoppage for each team in a quarter (or extra time periods), the break lasts 30 seconds.

The injured or ill player must leave the court. The injured or ill player may be substituted or the position left vacant.

Ranking after the round robin
Teams will be ranked after the round robin according to competition points, with the top ranked team becoming team 1 (one) in the semi finals and so on.

If teams are even on points at the conclusion of the round robin, teams will be ranked by goal percentages. If two teams are still equal after goal percentage, the results of matches between the two teams will decide the higher ranked team. If the teams are still equal, then they are measured by goal difference across all games (goals for minus goals against). If still equal, the higher ranked team will be the one with most goals for over all games in the round robin.


  • A countdown clock will show the last minute of each quarter
  • Coaching will be allowed at all stoppages including injury or illness, blood and emergency