Aussie Rules Football Versus Rugby

Australian football or Aussie Rules, as the Australians call it, is still relatively unknown in Europe. Here is a small introduction in Australia so incredibly popular game, which is slowly conquering the world. At first it looks like rugby or American football, but it is not. Therefore create knowledge here with Australian rules football.


Australian Rules Football was born from a combination of English rugby and Irish Gaelic football. It was winter when played off season training for cricket players. Australian football originated in 1858 with the founding of the Melbourne Football Club. The official rules are only made in 1866. In 1896, the Victorian Football League was now the Australian Football League, founded and extended the game further over the Australian continent. Grand Final is the climax at the end of the annual competition. In addition to the Grand Final even competing for Ansett Cup, the summer championship.Slowly but surely, Aussie Rules has become increasingly popular in the rest of the world.


ball is like rugby and American football, an oval leather ball, with an approximate weight of 500 grams and a volume of 73 cm x 55 cm.
Aussie Rules is played on an oval field with a longitudinal axis of 150-185 m. And a shoulder width of 110 to 150m. Field has been on both sides of the four pillars, of which the two middle is longer than the two outer poles. From goalposts pulled a 50 meter line, like handball form a semicircle in front of both goals. In the middle of a square is 50 by 50 meters, the center square.
The teams
game is played by two teams, each with 18 field players and four substitutes. Substitutes can be used free and unrestricted exchange. Players kit consists of a tank top, with a number of shorts and socks in the team colors. If personal protection is only foot and shin protection and light protective head permitted but no helmet. The 18 players are arranged in five rows:

  • Rear line
  • half-back line
  • centerline
  • for half board
  • front line
    The arrangement
    Each player can move across the field, but tactically have a fixed position. Only the rover and two followers left in the vicinity of the ball. The positions within a team is:
  • 1 Fullback. This is the central player behind. His task is to conquer the ball and set up the attack.
  • Two back pockets. These are the full-backs and play just like fullback in the back line and supports him.
  • 3 separate spines. These play in the half back line. They win the ball and play it to the center or wing.
  • 1 Center. This is the central midfielder and playmaker of the team.
  • 2 Wingers. Playing with the center of the center line, the target man and play ball attack
  • 3 separate deductions. These games in half the front line and attack, try to make and keep the ball in the attack area.
  • 2 Forward pockets. Playing in front line and support the full forward in their tasks.
  • 1 Full forward. This is the central player in the front line, and the striker has to score goals or buttocks.
  • Rover 1

Overview of The Game

The goal of the game
The objective of the game is to kick the oval ball between the goalposts. A ball between the goalposts centerpiece is a “target” and counts as six points. A ball that goes between the posts and zijpaal called a “behind.” Buttocks counts as one point. A ball hitting a goalpost also counts as a “behind.” A defensive team is free to run with the ball between their own goalposts to grant the other team a “rushed behind” in order to prevent a goal in a dangerous situation. A sort of own goal. Better a point away as six points clear itself. Since 2008, however, it is only allowed if the relevant defender is under heavy pressure. If not, and he runs with the ball between the goalposts of the ball or by kicking off target, then an arbitrator to the other team can give a kick, so the opportunity still exists to get a goal.
Is scored with a handball, giving this is only one behind on. If the ball through a defender even touched before he crosses the goal line then count as a goal behind.
Game time
a game is played in four time slots or quarters, each lasting 20 minutes. The time will still put as soon as the ball is no longer in play, either “in play”. This happened with the “dead” game situations to “judge” cause, or when the ball goes over the sideline, with the goal or the game is stopped for injuries. The total playing time per quarter can be up to 30 minutes on average.
The score
A match is decided by the total points only. When a tie is not checked if a team has scored more goals than any other team. Here is how the points noted:
Melbourne to Sydney 10:17 15:12
The first number is the number of goals, the second number the number of butt. What appears in parentheses is the total score.

The rules

Must run with the ball, as long as the ball was 15 meters into the ground, but the hand. This is called a “bounce”. If not, a free kick is awarded to the other team.
ball may be kicked in any direction. If the ball is caught without touching the ground or another player will be assigned a “brand.” This is a free kick from the point where the mark was made. Even opponents can make the mark. After a trademark, the player can not be attacked. If so, then the judge can assign a 50 meter penalty.
Playing with the hand or “handball”
The ball may only be played with your hands and clap in the direction you want with your fist. A player in the air, the ball has knock away with an open hand. These are the only ways to pass a ball with your hands.
The label
as a sign of the catch is made, the player has the free choice of how he wants to continue playing. He can kick back and try to make a selection to a teammate, he can start to run if he can give a handball. However, he must first meter is not obstructed by a defender. A player who makes a mark must indicate whether he wants a direct free kick by calling Mark.
Tackle, all of the player who has the ball, you can also deal with the players as your teammates who will deal with the ball. A tackle can only above the knees and below the shoulders. Behind the attack a player may only drag him back, but the press is not allowed. During tackle should not be dragged to shirts. Only the arms and shoulders may be used to perform a tackle. In an incorrect challenge is a free kick.
A specky
A specky is to capture a selection by making use of other players. You can then run off on another player to take the ball out of the air. A specky should not be performed with the help of hands, but only with their feet or knees. You should also not be lifted by a teammate or drop you off with your hands. These specky are dangerous, but they run for its spectacular value. Specky comes from the word spectacular. The most spectacular specky season gets an award.

Aussie Rules in the Netherlands

Since 2005, Australian football is played in the Netherlands and belong to the Dutch Australian Football Association. There are teams in Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven.
On YouTube you can find fun games fragments of Aussie Rules.