The Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the Laws of the Game.
Each team plays 22 games in the regular (or Home and Away) Season. The majority of teams will play 11 games at home, and 11 games at away venues. The League for the purposes of scheduling games for the next season is split into 2 divisions, being the top and bottom eight teams (expansion team Fremantle is considered team number 16). Each team will play the teams in their division twice, whilst playing those in the other division once. There are some exceptions due to the AFL policy of maximising the number of potentially large audience games, such as West Coast vs Fremantle derbies.
Catching a ball that has been kicked over a distance of fifteen metres or more without bouncing is called a mark, and automatically earns a free kick. A goal is scored when the ball is kicked between the two central posts by the attacking team, without being touched by another player or hitting the post — this is worth six points. A "behind" is scored if the ball goes between the central and outer post, or hits a player or goal post on the way through, and is worth one point. Hitting the outer posts is worth no points.
A match begins in the centre of the field with an umpire bouncing the ball high into the air, at which point a player from each team (the "ruck", who is usually very tall) will jump up and try to punch the ball towards their own players. Players can run with the ball, but must bounce it on the ground every fifteen metres; they can pass the ball by kicking or handballing (i.e. tapping away with the side of the fist) but not by throwing.
Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply ‘football’ or ‘footy’ is a code of football played with a spheroid ball on large, oval-shaped fields with four posts at each end.
Two posts called goal posts are placed at each end of the playing surface at a distance of 6.4m apart. The minimum height is 6m.
A further two posts called behind posts are placed 6.4m on each side of the goals posts. A straight line is drawn on the ground to join each post. The minimum height of the behind posts is 3m.
The official season runs through the Australian autumn and winter seasons, from March to the end of September when the AFL Grand Final is played. Melbourne weather during this time is generally chilly, so be sure to rug up when attending any of the Melbourne matches.
The professional competition is the Australian Football League (AFL), which comprises 16 teams and is played in each state and territory in Australia.
Australian Football League Recreational line paint may be used to mark the boundary line and zones as illustrated below. 20m scoring zone 60m mid zone The Laws of AFL Recreational Football are to be read in conjunction with the Laws of Australian Football.
It is played with 36 players (18 from two teams) on an elliptical shaped playing field; hence "footy" playing grounds are called ‘ovals’. First introduced in the state of Victoria in 1858, Aussie Rules are now played throughout the country with 16 teams in the major league (Australian Football League or AFL)
This is the quintessential local Australian sports game derived from a mixture of Rugby and Gaelic Football.