Aussie Rules – what is it?

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For those of you who are new to Aussie Rules, you may be wondering if you should get started. You’ve probably heard of the sport, but what exactly is it? Football or footy? The answer to that question depends on your level of interest and your own ability to learn the game. Two teams of eighteen players play the game on an oval field. Oval fields are usually modified versions of cricket grounds.


The goalposts are a traditional symbol of Australian rules football. Each end of the field has four vertical posts. The goalposts stand on top of the posts. Behind these are smaller posts that are used for kick offs. If a team scores a goal, they must first kick the ball past the opposing goalposts. The goalposts are used for both defensive and offensive purposes. The game is played in Australia, but the rules of the game are similar to those of American football.

AFL goalposts are designed to be played on grass, dirt, or concrete surfaces. They come with a telescopic mechanism to make them easy to erect and remove after a junior AFL game or training session. The base also ensures stability, reducing the risk of goalposts being knocked over by strong winds. They are available in single and double-post versions. They are highly durable and can last for many seasons.

Goal kicks

When a player takes a mark in front of the goal, he has between five and six seconds to move the ball from the goal square to the attacking team’s forward half. He can choose to play on immediately or take the kick and try to move the ball to his teammate before the time runs out. If the player cannot move the ball, he may be tackled as usual. There are certain conditions associated with goal kicks.

The goal line is formed by two posts at the far ends of the oval. They are 6.4 meters apart and six meters tall. The goal line is a curved boundary formed by these posts. Behind posts are padded to a minimum height of 2.5 meters. In case of a foul, a player may be in the opposing team’s forward half without touching the ball. Goal kicks are considered legitimate in Australian rules because they must be scored by the attacking team.

Marking a ball

A mark in Australian Rules football refers to the process of identifying a player with possession of a ball. A successful mark is one where the player in front has complete control of the ball. A mark is also possible when two players are attempting to mark the ball at the same time. If a player is unable to determine who is in front, the ball is considered to be in play and is considered a “ball-up.”

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The rules of Aussie Rules football are very strict when it comes to spoiling the ball, so it is vital for the player to always try to avoid the action of the opponent. For example, it is prohibited to push a player’s opponent out of the marking contest by pushing them backward. Moreover, players are prohibited from bumping or tackling an opponent unless it is incidental to marking or securing the ball. In addition, players must never try to take or break another player’s arm while attempting to mark the ball. Besides, a player must also be aware of his or her position when entering the centre square before a goal is scored.

Hospital passes

A hospital pass is a type of tackle in Australian rules football. This type of pass is considered dangerous because the player receiving it could potentially receive heavy contact and possibly end up in hospital. The term is also used in other football codes, such as ice hockey. In addition to Aussie Rules, hospital passes are also commonly used in association football and American football. In both cases, a player who receives such a tackle is usually ejected from the game.

In the game, hospital passes are a big problem for teams. They put their teammate at risk by putting them in a vulnerable position. The opponents cannot see who is on the pass, so they will not be able to prevent it. Furthermore, a player who is able to avoid a hospital pass will likely not get a lot of respect from their teammates. This situation is particularly dangerous for players who are wide receivers.

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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