10 Facts about Australian Rules Football (AFL)

Aussie rules better known as Footy is a high energy and skillful full contact sport. It is played with an egg shaped bouncy ball on an oval field. The object is to get the ball down the field and score. When playing AFL at the elite level there are rules to follow to play safe and fair.

  1. There are a 18 players on the field with four on the bench. Defenders defend, forwards go forward, and mid-players play mid field.
  2. There are no offside rules. The players on both teams are allowed to be on anywhere in the oval at any point during the game.
  3. The game starts with a center bounce.
  4. When running with the ball, the player has to bounce the ball every15 meters. It will be called “running too far” if the player over steps the 15 meters. The umpire will call a free kick for the other team if penalized.
  5. You cannot throw the ball.
  6. There is Zero tolerance for abuse. Any abuse will be penalized. This includes awarding the attacked player with a free kick if there is any form of high force or physical contact.
  7. The hold ball is one of the most important rules. Holding the ball prevents players from intentionally slowing down the play. If the umpire calls a hold ball, the team who made the tackle gets a free kick.
  8. When passing the ball to a teammate, or handballing, the ball has to be punched to the other player. You cannot just hand a ball to another player. The ball cannot be punched like when serving a volleyball.
  9. Kick the ball through the large upright posts. Worth 6 points.
  10. If you hit the post or send it between the big post and outer lower post it is a “behind.” A behind is worth one point

Australian Rules Football – How is It Played?

Australian Rules Football is a homegrown game popularly referred as Aussie rules, Footy or Football. The game has its origin in Australia, and it is an exceptional sporting experience for Australians as it is not played competently in any other country. The idea behind the rules is to explain in details how a game of Australian Football is played and seek to achieve the objectives below:

  • Make sure the Australian Football game is fairly played, and the spirit of true sportsmanship is maintained.
  • Avoid injuries to the participating players in a match

Aussie Rules

The game

Fundamentally, it is a game of two opposing teams trying to score goals and complete the match with the highest points tally. To score a goal you have to kick the football via the taller posts -goal posts- and it is equal to 6 points. When the ball passes between the shorter posts on the outside –the rear posts- a behind is scored which is worth 1 point.


The game includes two teams of 22 players with only 18 players from either of the teams on the field at the given time. The extra four players can substitute on and off during the match. The changes any team can make are limitless.


The match goes for four quarters, each 20 minutes. Since additional time is added for stops in the game several quarters end up taking around 30 minutes. The teams are required to change ends after every quarter. The entire game takes about 2 hours.

Starting The Game

The start of the match is signaled by a siren sound. The umpire bounces the ball very high in the air at the center of the field. A single player from every team attempts to tap the ball to the rest of their teammates. At the beginning of each quarter and after scoring a goal the ball is bounced at the center of the field.

Moving The Football

Each of the team attempts to get the ball, run, kick and handball it to their goals. When a player catches the ball they are allowed to a set kick and the defending team is not permitted to make any contact until he plays. Players are also allowed to make a run with the ball.


By tackling an opponent, a player can win the ball. To perform a right tackle, you should grab the ball either below the opponent’s shoulder or above the knees. While making a tackle, the players are not permitted to push an opponent in the back, and the players who are tackled should pass the ball within 1-2 seconds. When a player is caught possessing a ball with a right tackle, he is awarded a free kick. And if it is an illegal tackle a free kick is given to the player possessing the ball.


The purpose of the game is to kick goals. The scores are written in the following format: the goals come first, followed by the behinds and at the third place the total points.

The team with the highest behinds and total of goals is declared the winner.


The players are placed in five lines of three from corner to corner of the oval, with the rest three designated to the ball.

The players in every line are usually assigned as:

  • Forward line
  • Half-forward line
  • Center line
  • Back line
  • Half-back line
  • The three extra players who wander around the field.


The game has 3 umpires who control the match. Besides, there are umpires in every boundary and goal and also umpires who determine when the ball is out and throw it back in.

All You Need to Know About Aussie Rules History

Have you ever known that football is one of the major games created and played in Australia? The history of this game in Australia can be traced back to 1858 when Tom Wills introduced some rules that would regulate this new sport. The rules began to be operational on 31st July 1858 when the first football game was played using these rules. This match was used to experiment how the rules will work, but it emerged that they made the game popular in Australia. This article will provide all the information about the Aussie Rules history that you definitely would like to know.

Historical Facts about Aussie Rules

Australians have played football for more than 15 decades and the game has a very fascinating history. This article has arranged all the football events in Australia in a chronological order to help you understand better the history of this sport as discussed below

1858- This is the year that the first ever football match was played in Australia. It was played between Scott College and Melbourne Grammar school, which led to the establishment of the Melbourne Football club. The idea of having this match was suggested by Thomas Wills.

  • 1859 – The first ten rules of football began to be used by the Melbourne Football Club.
  • 1870 – This is when football began to be regarded as “the game of all the people’
  • 1873 – The uniforms for football teams were introduced without any numbers on them.
  • 1877 – The shape of the ball that was used for football was oval shaped
  • 1904 – Joe Johnson was the first Australian to play football sport at a senior level.
  • 1908 -Wally Koochew became the first Chinese who played football for Australia.


The history of football in Australia is not bleak in foreign countries but, its popularity is not much. However, the media has assisted in spreading the news about Australian Football to the world.This is the Australian Football history that any football enthusiast must know!