Being an aussie from victoria, where the game originated from it makes sense i love this game. playing it, even if at amature level is so much fun and i would always walk off the field sore
so for those of you who dont know what aussie rules footy is, well let me try and explain.
first of all we play on an oval so its not square like soccer, rugby, american football.
There are no set dimensions for the playing surface, although the recommended size is 150 to 185 metres (164 to 202 yards) in length and 130 to 150 metres (142 to 164 yards) in width.
There are 18 players on the ground from each team for a total of 36 players. Each team has a further 3 players on the bench and 1 substitute. The 3 players on the bench can be rotated onto the field as many times as the team wishes similar to basketball. The substitute player must sit out of the game and can be activated to join the team in exchange for one player being removed from the game. Once this player joins the ground he can be rotated on and off the ground as freely as the team wishes. The player who was substituted off the ground may not rejoin the game (similar to soccer) This new substitute position is new in 2011 and makes learning the rules even more complicated for people new to the game. For more information on the positions:
AFL Positions @ Wikipedia
now.. we dont play with a round ball, we play with a ball similar to that of rugby or american football.
how to pass to a team mate:
kicking the ball is the primary way to dispose of the ball to a team mate. this is done by dropping the ball from you hands and kicking it in mid air. seems easy enough but it takes a lot of skill to kick that shape ball 60meters onto the chest of your team mate. the ball should spin end over end and not wobble in the air.
after a player kicks the ball if another player from either team catches the ball it is called a mark. this allows the play to take his time with the kick and not worry about being tackled. here is the kind of makr u can expect to see.
hand passing (handball) the ball is where you have the ball in one hand and with a closed first hit the ball with your other hand to send it in the direction of your team mate. typically you will do this so that the ball spins end over end.
How to score:
first here is an image of the goals (obviously not real image) there is a painted line joining the sticks on the ground as well as a boundary line around the entire ground
please note these goal posts are actually very large.. this image does not do it justice, lol
Goal = 6points
A goal is scored when a player kicks the ball through the big middle 2 posts. if he can achieve this without any1 else touching the ball he will score 6 points
Behind = 1 Point
A behind is scored when i player kick the ball between a bick and small posts, that is not through the middle 2. i behind can also be scored it some1 touches the ball b4 it crosses the line after being kicked. when this happens it doesnt matter if it goes through the 2 big posts it will still register a behind. if the ball crosses the line in any way other than being kicked it will register a behind, 1 point.
how play continues after this...
when a goal is scored the ball is taken to the centre of the ground and there is a basketball like jump between the 2 teams but they run up and jump.. not stand still.
when a behind is scored the opposition team kicks it out form the goal, just like soccer but they kick the ball always from their hands.
there are many rules.. far too many to explain here.
i will point out this is a contact sport and that is what makes it great fun. if you want to find out more please visit these sites:
Official Australia Football League Website
believe it or not our code of football is played in around 61 countries.. so check out this site and get involved if you find this sport interesting. hopefully there is a developing league near where you live. remember that only australia has the professional league of this sport and other countries are at a very amature level at this stage. but still great fun
Internation Australian Football Council
Finally a HUGE mark:
any questions, comments please do reply
Edited by fukachu, 08 May 2011 - 05:44.