Are there any rules to australian rules football?
22 men to a team... 18 on the pitch and 4 interchange (subs).
No offside rule.
The pitch is basically a cricket oval and can vary in size depending on the ground (anything up to 185m long by 155m wide in the case of Subiaco Oval in WA).
6 points for kicking the ball through the big sticks (goal), 1 point for kicking between the other two (behind).
Ball must be kicked through to score a goal. If it is carried through (by either team) or hits a post on the way through only 1 point is awarded.
The ball must not be 'thrown' by hand. It has to be punched using a clenched fist or tapped (in the case of flicking it up in a tackle).
Tackles must be between the knees and shoulders.
Upon being tackled the player must release the ball.
When in posession, the ball must come into contact with the ground every 15 meters (hence the bounce).
If the ball is kicked, travels more than 15 meters and is caught by another player (marked), it is treated as a free kick would be in soccer.
Players must not be pushed in the back when contesting a mark, tripped, kicked, punched etc.
Rough conduct does not result in sending off, but will result in a possible 50 meter penalty (where the opposing team gets to kick the ball 50 meters forward) and a possible disciplinary tribunal.
Due to the nature of the game and the size of the playing field it is a highly demanding sport and is played at a fast pace. Put simply it's a hard game played by hard men (although the rugby league boys will tell you otherwise!).
If you haven't seen much of it, I reckon it's the best sport in the world and when played well it's fantastic to watch.
Go the Lions!
at least it looks that way
1.you can't push a player in the back (free kick is awarded to your opponent if you do)
2.you can't tackel a player below the waist of above the shoulders (free kick is awarded to your opponent if you do)
3.when running with the ball you must bounce the ball every 15 meters if you run to far you will be penalised for holding the ball (the opposing team will receive a free kick)
4.when kicking-the ball must travel more than 15 meters for a mark (catch) to be paid,if the ball doesn't travel more than 15 meters then it is play on and the player marking the ball can still be tackeled.
5.you can't tackel a player if he is not within 10 meters of the ball
these are just a taste of how AFL rules work
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