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Footy Skills Lab

Grab a footy, test your skills and share your progress with the help of Google’s technology.

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Get ready to test your skills with Google’s Footy Skills Lab - an interactive experience powered by Google AI. Learn new skills, try the activities and generate your scorecard to share with friends and family.

Why did we build it?

Google and the AFL believe that every Aussie - no matter their age, ability, gender, location, culture or socio-economic status - should have access to the same tools to improve their health, knowledge, success and happiness.


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How it works

There are three skill areas to score. Ball handling, reaction time and power. Each skill contains a series of short video tutorials, followed by a tracked activity.

Footy Skills Lab uses your smart phone’s camera and Google AI to recognise and track an AFL footy. By understanding where the ball is within the frame, the AI models can track and score your movements.

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Ready to Play?

All you need is an AFL ball, your mobile phone and some space.

Scan the QR code to try it on mobile now!


How does Footy Skills Lab work?

Footy Skills Lab is powered by Google AI. Using Machine Learning, we trained the platform to recognise and track Aussie Rules footballs within the phone’s camera frame.

Why doesn’t it work on my computer?

Footy Skills Lab is designed to work on mobile devices, so you can do the activities in a safe, open environment.

Does the app support players who use a wheelchair? 

Yes, because the models track the ball rather than the player, Footy Skills Lab works for everybody. Google worked with the AFL’s accessibility team to provide alternative movements for wheelchair users.

Do I need to be connected to the internet?

Yes, the experience is a web application that runs through your smartphone’s browser. It will need a connection to the internet.

Does it save any personal information?

No, this experience is contained within your device, we don’t ask for, or store any personal data. 



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Try your footy skills!

Scan the QR code to try it on your mobile Or open on desktop

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