The Rules of Australian (Aussie Rules) Football – EXPLAINED!
September 24, 2019
Ninh explains the RULES of Australian Rules Football Australian Rules Football, more commonly known as Aussie Rules, is a game played with two teams of 22, with 18 players from each team taking to the field at any one time. The game is played on an oval field that’s
generally a maximum of 185m x 155m. This is by far is one of the largest fields of any team
sports, and players have to be fit in order to cover this much ground.
These are the goal squares, the centre square and centre circle, and there are two 50 metre
lines, arched around the goal posts at each end of the field.
Pay attention now, as these lines are important. The game starts with a ball-up in the centre
square. The object of the game is for your team to
score more overall points than the opposing team.
The game is played in 4 x 20 minute quarters for a combined playing time of 80 minutes
at the senior level. To score, a player must try and kick the ball
through the middle two posts. The ball is an oval football made of leather.
If you successfully kick the ball through the middle two posts, this is a goal and is
worth 6 points. If you hit one of the goal posts, if the ball
is deflected by another player through the goal posts, or if you kick it between a long
goal post and a short behind post, this is known as a ‘behind’ and only scores 1
point. There are no other ways of scoring in Aussie
Rules Football, so the team with the highest amount of points from goals and behinds at
the end of time, wins. Kicking a ball through a couple of goalposts
for 80 minutes? That sounds dead easy! Well, not so much. Standing in your way are
18 members of the opposing team who are trying to take the ball away from you so that they
can score themselves. They are allowed to block kicks, intercept the ball, push you
off the field or tackle you by grabbing you below the shoulders and pulling you to the
floor. If they do tackle you, they are awarded a ‘free kick’ from the spot of the tackle.
To move the ball up the field, you have to be quick AND you have to dispose of the ball
before an opponent tackles you. You can move the ball by kicking it in any
direction, running with it so long as you bounce it on the floor every 15 metres. Or
handballing the ball, where you strike the ball with a clenched fist to a teammate.
Throwing the ball is absolutely not allowed in Aussie Rules Football, and your opponent
will be awarded a free kick if you do. That doesn’t sound so easy anymore, is there
any other way of moving the ball up the field? Yes there is. The saving grace for your team
is called ‘the mark’. If you kick the ball in the air 15 metres or more, and a teammate
catches it without the ball bouncing on the ground, this is known as ‘marking the ball’.
The player is then awarded a free kick from that spot and cannot be touched by any opponent
for 10 seconds. If a mark is made within your teams forward 50m arc, you are awarded 30
seconds to take your free kick. If 10 or 30 seconds has expired without you making the
kick, the umpire will call ‘play-on’ and the opponents are free to try and take the
ball off you. The game is a back and forth affair, full
of marks, handballs, runs, goals, behinds and free kicks. But there’s a few other
things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example:
Speckie. This is Australian slang for ‘spectacular
mark’. You’re not allowed to push anyone in the back, but if there’s a marking contest
and an opponent is standing in your way, you are allowed to use his back for leverage to
try and catch the ball for a mark. This can result if gravity defying plays for the ball.
Interchange. A team is allowed to interchange up to 3 players
per game. Very similar to football, the players must wait in the interchange area and players
must enter or exit at the designated area. The maximum number of interchages is 120. 50 metre penalty.
If you’re stupid enough to commit any of these infractions, the umpire will award a
50 metre penalty against you and the other team will gain possession from the spot where
the umpire has marked 50 metres. This is a huge disadvantage and games can be lost from
kicks resulting from penalties. the man standing the mark and the man taking
the kick, unless following his direct opponent. infringement or a line-up has an additional
50-metre penalty applied to it; these are kick without further infringement. Kicks after the Siren.
If a player marks the ball and the siren goes to signify end of time, the game doesn’t
end there. You are allowed to take it. Any points scored from this kick counts. Games
have been won (or in St Kilda’s case) lost from a kick after the final siren. To the uninitiated, Aussie Rules Football
seems complicated. But once you understand the rules, it becomes a great sport to watch.
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and hard hitting. What’s there not to love?! Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK