- To claim a mark, a player must:
- Have at least one foot on or behind their own 22-metre line when catching the ball or when landing having caught it in the air; and
- Catch a ball that has reached the plane of the 22-metre line directly from an opponent’s kick before it touches the ground or another player; and
- Simultaneously call “mark”.
- A player may claim a mark even if the ball hits a goal post or crossbar before being caught.
- When a mark is called correctly, the referee immediately stops the game and awards a free-kick to the team in possession.
- A mark may not be claimed from a kick-off or a restart kick after a score.
- The player who claimed the mark takes the free-kick (in accordance with Law 20).
- If the player is unable to take the free-kick within one minute, a scrum is awarded to the team in possession.
- The free-kick is taken at the following locations:
A means of stopping play within a player’s own 22 by directly catching an opponent’s kick.
Claiming a mark
Restarting play after a mark
|Place of the mark||Location of free-kick|
|Within the 22||At the place of the mark but at least five metres from the goal line, in line with the place of the mark.|
|Within the in-goal||On the five-metre line in line with the place of the mark.|