AFL (or ‘the footy’) a classic Aussie tradition
All international students should experience an Australian Rules Football match while they are here. Regardless if you like sports or not, it’s fun to watch the match, hang out with friends and enjoy the local sporting culture.
AFL (or ‘the footy’) is a classic Aussie tradition. More people watch AFL than any other sport in Australia. The annual Grand Final is a major event, not only is a public holiday (in Melbourne), more than 100,000 fans attended in 2017 making it the highest attended club championship event in the world!
THE AFL Grand Final this year is between Richmond and Greater Western Sydney and starts at 2.30 pm AEST on Saturday, September 28. It is the first time the Giants have played in a Grand Final, while Richmond is aiming to win its 12th premiership cup.
So what do you need to know to become an avid AFL fan?
AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL BASICS
Each team will usually have 22 players with 18 of them on the field
The game is played on an oval-shaped field with scoring posts at each end. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between the opposing goalposts (worth six points) or behind posts (worth one point)
Players can kick, handball or tap the football, tackle and chase other players and kick for goal from anywhere on the oval
An AFL game has four quarters. Each quarter lasts for approximately 20 minutes, plus any extra time is given when the umpire calls a time-out
The game (or match) is won by the team which has the highest score at the final siren.