Australian Rules Football (AFL) is a physical contact sport that is described as a cross between rugby which is from the UK and Gaelic football which originated in Ireland.
AFL’s rules were codified in 1858 – predating soccer, football, rugby and Gaelic football.
Today it is the most popular sport in Australia – beating even cricket – and is a multi-billion dollar business.
- It is played on an oval field and each team consists of 18 players who each attempt to kick the oval shaped ball through a configuration of 4 posts at the corresponding end of the field.
- Each game lasts for 4 quarters of 20 minutes of playing time.
- No player can be sin-binned during a game of Australian Rules Football – this can lead to terrible fights during a game.
- Players are banned retrospectively.