The manliest of games on earth.
Australian Rules Football is manlier than American Football because it requires athletic ability (fat blokes can't stand in a line and grope one another all game).

Australian Rules Football is manlier than Rugby because you need skills other than passing a ball down a line while running forward.
by SailorJ September 28, 2009
A sport in Australia only nationalised in the late 80s, yet is already easily the most popular sport in the country. It is the most popular sport all over Australia except for eastern NSW and Queensland. The game is religiously hated in coastal NSW for no reason in particular.

Australian rules football has its flaws, however once you get to know it, you will realise that it is one of the most all-round sports in the world. What I mean is that to play "Aussie rules" as it is also dubbed, you must be strong, fast, extremely endurant, courageous, skillful, smart and also have that added X-factor to make the athletically impossible possible.

The game is played 22 a side with 4 players on the bench and unlimited rotations. The ball starts in the centre and the players need to get it forward and kick the ball inbetween two large posts. The game is very hard to explain in words and I recommend you watch some games or just simply look up AFL on youtube.

It is a brilliant sport and is probably the most all around challenging to be elite at, as it is rare to be good in all the neccessary areas. You could say it requires the perfect athlete with a very good sporting brain.

The sport will not go global any time soon but will probably become what the NFL is to America.

In the end, I recommend watching it with someone who is knowledgeable of the game, who can explain its little intricacies. Watch it a few times and you will either love it or become confused and angry.
Australian Rules football is the most popular sport in Australia, followed by cricket then rugby (both forms).
by Dan277 October 26, 2011
A 'game' which does not even resemble football, more like rugby with a shitload of violence included.

Generally referred to in the UK as 'Attack, Foul, Lynch'
He got marmelised playing Australian rules football. A quick game of Attack, Foul, Lynch left him in hospital for 2 weeks.
by eddief32 April 27, 2010
a pathetic excuse for aussies to excel in something, they are inept at real sports like football and rugby and thus they created their own "sport" to give themselves something to cheer about
random aussie: "ello mate! lets watch some australian rules football"
Any other person from another country: "i'd rather not"
by sad truth July 12, 2009
What you get when you allow Australian convicts to invent a sport.

They should change it to the CFL (Convict Football League).

- Shockingly minimal skill (kicking and catching a "ball")
- Atrocious off-field antics (Public urination)
- On field goings-on, including testicle grabbing
- Only "sport" in the world to reward failure eg. If the player misses the goal, he is rewarded with one point
- Search 'AFL'on the internet, and you will be amazed at what you will find
- Stabbings at games *are always covered up due to the AFL friendly media...they do a good job*

I am thankful that I have one full Australian father and a non-Australian mother. Thanks to mum I was not kept ignorant (as all Austalians are), to the sheer atmosphere, velocity, adrenaline and awe-inspiring skill that is Football (Soccer *said in a cringing, childish voice*),that full Australians just do not get. I feel sorry for them and for all who do not understand this.

I am sure this is not the case, but Football is what God made legs for :). It is one of the greatest sources of happiness; particulary for the poor, sad children of the earth. Whatever you beleive in (a major problem in our world)just be happy and positive. Please...

I do not like 'australian rules football', I love Football it makes me happy...Oh and I haven't even started on Criket. :)
by James Longmuir April 08, 2008
Is the game different to soccer and rugby? You bet.

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 <> soccer
Australian Rules Football <> rugby

Thank god!!

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!!!
by Michael Christiansen January 02, 2008
The worlds greatest sport, also known as Aussie Rules and Australian football.

Fast paced, it incorporates the best aspects of all the football codes and the likes of basketball and boxing (unofficially).

It dates back to Melbourne in the 1800s.

Its premier league is in Australia and is the AFL. Amateur leagues exist in many countries including the USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand and the list goes on.

The first amateur world cup, called the International Cup was held in 2002. The second will occur in 2005.

In Australia it is the prominent sport in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. The ACT and Queensland are coming around, but Sydney still needs work.

It draws greater crowds than Australia's other football codes on a club level (as Australia only plays Aussie Rules once-yearly in compromise rules against Ireland). The Grand Final draws a crowd of 100,000 people.
See for yourself:
by Ash January 16, 2005

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