No off-side for starters. Which means the game is a bit like basketball, but on a far larger arena than even soccer & rugby, and 18 a-side on the field at a time.
No cross bar. Does this make kicking goals easier. Well, yes, although the goals are narrower than soccer. And you actually have to kick them yourself, via your foot - and not be deflected off other people or goal posts.
Behinds - quite unique, or partially similar to the 'rouge' in some sports. Simple theory. Avoid drawn games. Soccer folk have thought about ways of avoiding a draw - and only lump us with penalty shoot outs in the 'big' games in tournaments. They could perhaps count corners (or only those derived within a certain distance of the goal....and then award a pt, make a 'fair' goal worth 6,....and away you go, less draws, more results....and maybe more often the best team might actually win).
Unlike soccer - all players can use their hands too....kinda cool, helps, especially youngsters, to develop the full range of co-ordination. The 'high' mark or 'speccie' is a very cool feature, and a bit more dignified than using ones head to propell the ball because the rules don't let you use your hands!! Hands also allow for picking the ball up and the feature known as 'hand-ball' or 'hand-pass'. This is a key feature in team work, especially under pressure to open up play. To achieve overlap, to create space. Y'see, the game is all about creating space, which is vitally important given that the oval shaped ground tapers inward at either end, meaning that the hardest place to find space is in the 'forward line', thus the absence of off-side is partially negated.
Australian Rules Football <> rugby
Australian Rules Football = Positively geared sport - seeking to attack one's own goal, to kick goals and to win games. Don't compare to the MElb Cup (handicap), compare to the Cox Plate, a weight for age free for all.
compared to soccer and rugby = negatively geared sports, seeking to defend one's own goal, and employing restrictive handling and movement rulings to limit the ability to 'win on merit' - effectively they are the 'handicap' events - even HARNESS RACING!!!
Thankfully the AFL-friendly media here in Australia manage to do a good job of covering this up.
Person2: Thats what you get for taking her to the Australian Rules Football.
The governing body has made the wise decision of contracting media outlets to provide "favourable coverage" which is why it's mindless band of supporters seem to believe it to be an unstoppable force that will over-run world sport, unfortunately for them the reality is that it's taken over 100 years to gain any level of support from more than 1/2 of Australias population (NSW & QLD), and that is on the back of the mass migration of Victorians to the Northern states.
Also known as aerial ping-pong, forcings-back, fagball, gAyFL, AwFuL and the Australian Felon League. It is the only sport that rewards mediocrity by awarding points for missing a shot at goal.
Normal Human - Sure did, did you see Benjis try?
AwFuL supporter - No, I mean AFL.......Australian Rules Football
Normal Human - Why would I watch that rubbish, are you trying to imply I'm gay? Or some sort of criminal groupie? I would never follow that tripe, now remove yourself from my sight and return to whatever hole you crawled out of.
Now take the following steps to reduce the skill as much as possible;
1) Remove the crossbar, so the ball can be kicked 10 meters over the opponents heads and still be a goal.
2) Reward the players with 1/6th of a goal for missing the target.
3) Remove the offside rule, so the forwards literally just stand around in front of their oppositions' goal and wait for someone to kick the ball to them.
4) Allow players to use their hands to catch and punch the ball.
5) Carrying on from point 4), give a player a free kick every time they catch the ball.
6) Change the shape of the ball so that it can travel further when kicked. This will help reduce the amount of passing ( = teamwork) needed to get the ball from one end of the field to another.
7) Remove all strategy. Make supporters so dumb that they actually *complain* when teams employ basic tactics such as flooding the defence, holding up the ball to look for a decent pass and running the clock down while keeping possession at the end of a match.
Now add some silly and fairly arbitary rules such as;
1) It is against the rules to push a player in the back, but it is allowed to run in from behind him, jump up, stick your knees into his back and catch the ball.
2) If you tackle (= bear hug & throw to the ground) a player, you get a free kick. Unless the umpire decides the tackled player did not have a chance to get rid of the ball before/while he was being tackled, in that case the umpire will bounce the ball instead. Unless in the course of the tackle you pushed him in the back - in that case he gets the free kick. Understand?
There you go, that is Australian Rules Football.
GO THE MIGHTY RAIDERS
son} dad i want to play rugby league all the gay boys at school play australian rules football
dad}thats ok mate i wouldnt subject my worst enemy to that queer afl game
Game is best described as: a bunch of sweaty blokes humping each other to the ground to get a touch of the oppositions arse and balls.
Tool: Bro lets watch a game of footy.
Real Auuseie: Fu.ck of back to melbourne you poof!
Australian Rules is designed to reward attacking style play, rather than defending ones own goal. this leads to high scoring matches, especially since a goal is worth 6 points.
unique in the way in which the game rewards a miss on goal with a solitary point, but is fantastic in that it leads to sides coming back from less than a goal down to win a game with a shot on goal once the final siren has sounded - as thrilling as any football ("soccer" *groans*) penalty.
currently 16 teams exist in the game, but will soon be 18, as new sides are being assembled in western Sydney and the Gold Coast. i wish them luck - they're gonna fuckin need it having 3 people show up to each home game.
Despite what many other AFL fans say, i will tell you straight up that the sport is not, and will not, be big outside Australia any time soon. and btw yes i am a very passionate AFL supporter.
A fantastic sport for the millions of passionate fans, i strongly recommend you look into it, you'll most likely either love it, or become confused and angered by it.
Some bloke "Australian Rules Football? any good?"
Me - "Essendon beating Collingwood in front of 90,000+ people? of course it was fucking good, go play in traffic.