Australian FootballI Australia AFL
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football.
The league was founded as the as a breakaway from previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only of teams ba
The league currently consists of 18 teams spread over five states of Australia, although the majority (ten teams) are Victorian. The season runs during the Australian winter (March to September). The top eight teams then play off in a finals series peaking in the AFL Grand Final, which is held in Melbourne each year. The winning team in the Grand Final is termed the "Premiers", and is awarded the Premiership Cup.
The AFL is the best-attended sporting league in Australia averaging 32,748 per game.
The AFL is the second most watched sporting event in Australia. 707,621 people are members of an AFL club.
All Aussie Rules games follow the same format:
Two teams compete, each team has 18 pla
AFL is a contact sport, it is held outdoors on a large grass oval. The game revolves around kicking, marking and hand-balling an oval shaped ball.
Each end of the oval has two tall posts and two smaller ones on either side. The aim of AFL is to score the highest points for your team. A goal is worth 6 points and a behind (kicked through the outer posts) is worth 1 point. Pla
The game is played in quarters, the team that scores the most goals after all four quarters have been played is the winner. Each quarter lasts 20 minutes and each quarter the teams rotate, playing in the opposite direction.
Each Aussie Rules game is overseen by an umpire, who starts the match after the siren is sounded. The football is bounced on the ground and each teams Ruckman tries to hit the ball towards their pla
Seven umpires are present on the field including two goal umpires, one at each goal end.
Unlike soccer, in AFL a pla
The AFL football or 'footy' is an oval shaped ball.
A red ball is used for day matches and at night games a yellow ball is used.
Team guernsey - In the teams colours. Often sleeveless though a few pla
Shorts - Quite short, well above the knee
Long socks - In the team colours
Teams have a home uniform and an away uniform.
Gold Coast 'Suns'
Greater Western Sydney 'Giants'
North Melbourne 'Kangaroos'
Port Adelaide 'Power'
Saint Kilda 'Saints'
West Coast 'Eagles'
The Brownlow Medal - awarded to the pla
Coleman Medal - awarded to the pla
The Norm Smith Medal - awarded to the pla
The Rising Star Award - given to the most outstanding young pla
*this is a brief guide, there is much more history, information and rules regarding the AFL*