In the United States, leaves are starting to turn and the weather is cooling down. For the athletically inclined, this means it’s American football season (woohoo!). In Australia, however, the football season is wrapping up as the entire nation gears up for the Grand Final of the Australian Football League (AFL).
Australian rules football (or Aussie rules, or just plain footy) is kind of a big deal in Australia. The AFL Grand Final is an even BIGGER deal. If you’re not familiar with Aussie rules, you can read all about it here… or have a look at student blogger Lilach’s Aussie rules experience:
Now that you’re acquainted with the rules of the sport, time to get excited for the big game! The two final teams, Collingwood and Geelong, are battling it out on 1 October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). A bunch of exciting, celebratory events take place during the week leading up to the game, like live music and even a parade! If you want an in-depth look at the history behind the festivities, here‘s an insightful article.
Want to take part in Aussie rules merriment at home? Click here for a map listing all venues screening the AFL Grand Final. If you want to do more than just watch, consider joining an Aussie rules league in your country. You can find more information about playing Aussie rules football in the USA here.
Don’t forget, you can study sports in Australia, too! Learn all about the sports industry in Australia over a short summer course. Learn about the different aspects of sports industry like kinesiology, coaching, training, management, motivation and media at the University of Canberra’s National Institute of Sports Studies. You can read more about it here.
And of course, don’t forget our Course Search to find the program that fits your needs! Find a program here. If you are looking for study abroad programs, make sure to tick the “non-award” box.