Australian football is a sport that has grown immensely in popularity over the years
It’s easy to see why. Football is a popular sport all around the world, and Australia has its version of football.
Australian Football League (AFL)* was established in 1877, about ten years before Australian Rules Football (ARF). Also known as the AFL, it is a professional competition consisting of 18 teams.
Australian rules football is played with eighteen players on each team. The game is fast-paced and high scoring – perfect for anyone that loves soccer or rugby! The AFL season runs from late March to October, with finals played in September or October.
Seventeen teams are competing for premiership points every year. Even if you don’t live down under, watching Australian football might be worth your while!
The game is now one of Australia’s most popular sports
The game has been played for more than a century, with many changes to rules, uniforms and equipment over time.
The aspect of this recognition was that several teams from other countries evolved into playing Australian Football League matches against each other during their offseason.
Including England’s Sheffield FC (1914) Canada’s Toronto ARFC (1920), Ireland’s Dublin University AFC (1921), India’s Calcutta Scottish FC (1940). In recent years there have also been French clubs competing.
Equipment is need for Australian Football
The most critical equipment is a ball (typically oval) and Australian rules football boots.
Aussie Rules Football players wear protective clothing, such as an Australian Rules Football helmet with a mouthguard to protect the player’s teeth from injury due to contact during play.
The most common type of gear worn by players is shin guards, which offer protection for the tibia bone on the lower leg.
Also knee pads that provide cushioning around the kneecap; and various types of gloves made out of leather or reinforced synthetic material like Kevlar-based materials).
Players who tackle hard usually need additional padding or even neck rolls. Clubs often supply both male and female shirts with their logos also printed.
It is also known as “Aussie Rules” or “Footy”
Aussie Rules are known as “Footy” in Australia and are among the most popular sports. There are 18 players on each team, with 11 being on the field at any given time.
The game lasts for four quarters that last 20 minutes long, with a break halfway through to switch sides of the ground where the play will continue from. Play will only stop if there’s an injury or when both teams have fulfilled their possession limit (the ball needs to be kicked into the goal).
The Australian Football League was founded in 1897 as an amateur competition among Victorian-based clubs who were members of associations such as the Amateur Football Association and Victorian Country Football Championships.
As professionalization increased over time, so did financial incentives, which led to more skilled foreign footballers.
There are many different types of positions
For example ruckman, rover, wingman, and full-forward.
These positions are like most positions in any sport but also have unique qualities that set them apart.
A ruckman is a player who contests for the ball at ground level and plays a vital role in setting up play through hand-passing to teammates or kicking long distances with their big booty (that’s what we call it anyway).
The rover/wingman is a crucial position because they are free to roam as much as possible around the outside of the playing area. They may be required to attack down one flank while defending against attacks from the opposite side.
A full-forward is primarily responsible for attacking goals by either running into space or taking marks close to the goal.
Many Australian football players don’t use helmets anymore
The ball can be kicked or carried by hand but not thrown underhand
The rules of the game are very different from rugby Soccer is called Australian Football in Australia. Australian footballs have laces and not stitches as soccer balls do.
The ball can be kicked or carried by hand but not thrown underhand. A goal umpire judges if a kick for goal has gone through the goals (as shown below).
Goals cannot be scored any other way, except where there has been an infringement of the rules such as sliding tackles etc. In this case, a free kick may be awarded to either team at their discretion.
Aussie Rules does not use offside players, so defenders must stay behind opponents until they are on side with them – even then, it’s up to the umpires’ interpretation whether someone was too close.
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The best way to try Australian football is by watching a live game.
Australian Rules Football has some similarities with soccer, but it also has many differences – the same can be said for American football and rugby.
Both Australian rules football and rugby are dangerous sports because they involve contact between players (and use helmets).
However, unlike Rugby Union, both games have a continuous play where the action never stops (and there is no ‘offside rule) as well as scrimmages or lineouts that stop play until teams re-start again.” The best way to try Australian football is by watching a live game or on the sofa while streaming the action.