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Australian Rules Football is the most popular spectator sport in Australia.  Australian Rules Football is a contact sport, in which players can tackle using their hands or use their whole body to obstruct opponents.

Playing Field

The dimensions of a standard Australian Rules playing field is approximately 490 feet long and 440 feet wide.


Match Duration

Each game is comprised of four 30 minute quarters. The time clock stops if a team scores, the ball goes out of play or at the umpire’s discretion. The umpire signals time-off to stop the clock for various reasons, such as the player in possession being tackled to the ground and leading to stagnant play as neither side can recover the ball. Time resumes when the umpire signals time-on.

The Teams

Each team starts with 18 players on the field and 4 interchange players. Players position themselves over the entire playing field prior to the start of the game.

Each team is made up of 6 forwards, 6 defenders and 6 midfield players (on ballers).

Playing the game

The game’s objective is to move the ball down field and kick the ball through the team’s goal. During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball. The primary methods are kicking, hand balling and running with the ball.


A goal, worth 6 points, is scored when the football is propelled through the goal posts (tall center posts) at any height by way of a kick from the attacking team. It may fly through “on the full” (without touching the ground) or bounce through, but must not have been touched, on the way, by any player from either team. A goal cannot be scored from the foot of an opposition (defending) player.

A behind, worth 1 point, is scored when the ball passes between a goal post and a behind post at any height, or if the ball hits a goal post, or if any player sends the ball between the goal posts by touching it with any part of the body other than a foot.