Aussie Rules Football

From a first glance, it looks like rugby.  Huge, muscular men wearing little protective gear, running to ‘end zones’ and passing and kicking a rugby-like ball while they inflict massive pain onto their opponents; however, this is not rugby it’s footy.

Australian rules football or Australian football or Aussie rules or  footy or AFL—Australian Football League—truly, whatever you want to call it, is a sport played with two teams of 22 players (18 on the field, and four interchanges) on a football field.

Simply, the purpose is to score and win (duh). To score points, one must kick the ball between the major goal posts. 

Even President Obama and PM Julia Gillard play some footy, although tame, in the Oval Office

Players can position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their body (yikes) to move the ball. They proceed by kicking, handballing and running with the ball. There are rules on how the ball can be handled: for example, players running with the ball must intermittently bounce or touch it on the ground. Throwing the ball is against the rules and players must not just hold the ball. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when a free kick is paid. A unique aspect of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch a ball from a kick are awarded a free kick.

Needless to say, footy is a contact sport and players can tackle using their hands or whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact is discouraged and free kicks may be awarded as well as penalties or suspension.

The origin of the game is up for dispute, but Australian football was officially organised in Melbourne in 1859.

So, that is a very brief synopsis of a very engaging, rough game.  Visit this link to find out more: http://www.afl.com.au/

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