Australian Football League Adelaide Reviews
Mixture of soccer and rugby, Australian style! Aug 22, 2009
If there is one sport that's typical australian, it's aussie rules football, but officially known as Australian Football.
It's mixture of soccer and rugby, played between 2 teams of 18 players each. In 4 quarters of 20 minute each (additional injury time means a quarter can take up to 30 minutes), each team has to score more points then the other to become the eventual winner of the match.
There are 4 goal posts on either end. In between those 4 posts, the rugby ball has to be kicked to get points. 6 points are given when the ball goes between the 2 large posts. Only 1 point is given when the ball is kicked between the a smaller post on either side of the larger posts.
Goal linesman signal when 6 points are scored by pointing both index fingers forward or when 1 point is scored, pointing only 1 index finger forward.
The game can get quite physical, as this is a contact sport. But there restrictions on tackles and other forms of stopping an opponent. The only time a player can't be touched when he has the ball, is when he has a "free kick".
This "free kick" is awarded after succesfully catching the ball from a pass. And to score a goal, a player has to catch the ball within a marked area of the field.
Unlike soccer and rugby, throw ins and when a quarter starts (kick off), are done by the referee. The "kick off" is done by throwing the ball hard on the ground and players competing the bouncing ball. The throw in is done over the shoulder, with the linesman facing the players backwards.
Ticket prices to games varies on the place in the stadium you want to sit, but are cheap in my opinion. Be aware that local derby games can be sold out and a majority of the tickets going on presale are for season ticket holders first. And games are only played in the weekends.
There are a limited number of stadiums in 8 cities throughout Australia, with teams sharing their home ground. The game is played in either an AFL stadium (like the Aami Stadium in Adelaide) or a modified cricket ground (like the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne).
I've always wanted to visit a game and I did so in august of 2009, visiting a game when I was in Adelaide between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles. It's a great experience to witness and watching australians enjoy of their favorite past times.
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