Ninh explains the RULES of Australian Rules Football Australian Rules Football, more commonly known as Aussie Rules, is a game played with two teams of 22, with 18 players from each team taking to the field at any one time. The game is played on an oval field that’s
generally a maximum of 185m x 155m. This is by far is one of the largest fields of any team
sports, and players have to be fit in order to cover this much ground.
These are the goal squares, the centre square and centre circle, and there are two 50 metre
lines, arched around the goal posts at each end of the field.
Pay attention now, as these lines are important. The game starts with a ball-up in the centre
square. The object of the game is for your team to
score more overall points than the opposing team.
The game is played in 4 x 20 minute quarters for a combined playing time of 80 minutes
at the senior level. To score, a player must try and kick the ball
through the middle two posts. The ball is an oval football made of leather.
If you successfully kick the ball through the middle two posts, this is a goal and is
worth 6 points. If you hit one of the goal posts, if the ball
is deflected by another player through the goal posts, or if you kick it between a long
goal post and a short behind post, this is known as a ‘behind’ and only scores 1
point. There are no other ways of scoring in Aussie
Rules Football, so the team with the highest amount of points from goals and behinds at
the end of time, wins. Kicking a ball through a couple of goalposts
for 80 minutes? That sounds dead easy! Well, not so much. Standing in your way are
18 members of the opposing team who are trying to take the ball away from you so that they
can score themselves. They are allowed to block kicks, intercept the ball, push you
off the field or tackle you by grabbing you below the shoulders and pulling you to the
floor. If they do tackle you, they are awarded a ‘free kick’ from the spot of the tackle.
To move the ball up the field, you have to be quick AND you have to dispose of the ball
before an opponent tackles you. You can move the ball by kicking it in any
direction, running with it so long as you bounce it on the floor every 15 metres. Or
handballing the ball, where you strike the ball with a clenched fist to a teammate.
Throwing the ball is absolutely not allowed in Aussie Rules Football, and your opponent
will be awarded a free kick if you do. That doesn’t sound so easy anymore, is there
any other way of moving the ball up the field? Yes there is. The saving grace for your team
is called ‘the mark’. If you kick the ball in the air 15 metres or more, and a teammate
catches it without the ball bouncing on the ground, this is known as ‘marking the ball’.
The player is then awarded a free kick from that spot and cannot be touched by any opponent
for 10 seconds. If a mark is made within your teams forward 50m arc, you are awarded 30
seconds to take your free kick. If 10 or 30 seconds has expired without you making the
kick, the umpire will call ‘play-on’ and the opponents are free to try and take the
ball off you. The game is a back and forth affair, full
of marks, handballs, runs, goals, behinds and free kicks. But there’s a few other
things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example:
Speckie. This is Australian slang for ‘spectacular
mark’. You’re not allowed to push anyone in the back, but if there’s a marking contest
and an opponent is standing in your way, you are allowed to use his back for leverage to
try and catch the ball for a mark. This can result if gravity defying plays for the ball.
Interchange. A team is allowed to interchange up to 3 players
per game. Very similar to football, the players must wait in the interchange area and players
must enter or exit at the designated area. The maximum number of interchages is 120. 50 metre penalty.
If you’re stupid enough to commit any of these infractions, the umpire will award a
50 metre penalty against you and the other team will gain possession from the spot where
the umpire has marked 50 metres. This is a huge disadvantage and games can be lost from
kicks resulting from penalties. the man standing the mark and the man taking
the kick, unless following his direct opponent. infringement or a line-up has an additional
50-metre penalty applied to it; these are kick without further infringement. Kicks after the Siren.
If a player marks the ball and the siren goes to signify end of time, the game doesn’t
end there. You are allowed to take it. Any points scored from this kick counts. Games
have been won (or in St Kilda’s case) lost from a kick after the final siren. To the uninitiated, Aussie Rules Football
seems complicated. But once you understand the rules, it becomes a great sport to watch.
If you have found this video at all helpful, please like, share with your friends, comment
and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these videos and good karma is always appreciated. Aussie Rules Football is Fast, high scoring
and hard hitting. What’s there not to love?! Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK

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Dennis Veasley

100 thoughts on “The Rules of Australian (Aussie Rules) Football – EXPLAINED!”

  1. In regard to kicking, players can drop kick the ball, but this is very hard to do when running at full speed. The torpedo punt has also pretty much disappeared, because it is difficult to get a good connection. The really bizarre thing about kicking is that it is legal for a player to have a place kick after a mark – they place the ball on the ground and kick it, like a conversion/penalty kick in rugby league/rugby union. The last time this occurred in the AFL was in the mid-1950's, so I don't think it will make a comeback.

  2. One thing that is never explained in these videos is that when you have possession of the ball you may only dispose of it legally by a hand-ball or kick. If the ball is in dispute you may tap or punch it as well.

  3. OZ Rules is not that complicated, its simpler than Rugby Union or American Football. I miss the old ESPN. And the AFL.

  4. okay now i want to know, whats called that giant pile of hay that the fans behind the posts wave after a goal?

  5. may i ad with the tackle part that if you get the ball away on time it is not a free kick but now in footy you have way less time to dispose of the ball.now it's you get the ball get tackled immediatly BALL! i watch footy from about 2003 sometimes and there they got sling tackled in a 360 or got tackled to the ground and it wasn't a free even though they got tackled to the ground and then handballed it.

  6. i pushed a kid in the back on purpose in a game but sometimes i would if i was playing at recess at school i wouldnt get a free for it

  7. isn't all the aussie rules games are played on cricket stadiums so isn't that make cricket's and AFL's dimensions same ? u said its bigger than any team sport

  8. Thank you, although I was aware of 'the mark', the 'handball' movement and the unique way of scoring goals, the rules were a bit vague to me, well, you don't see a lot of 'Aussie Rules' here in London (UK) but at least now I can reasonably understand the rules of the game when I watch the matches on YouTube.

  9. I worked in Sydney for a while a got to a couple of games. Because the field is so huge, this is probably the only sport I know of where getting seats higher up in the stadium is better than getting seats near the field!

  10. I remember watching this once on one of the sports channel. I was able to grasp most of the rules as I watched the game. It was an enjoyable game.

  11. So it's called Speckie? That's probably the most spectacular thing I've seen, bar an interception from a CB in American Football.

  12. Thanks. I work security at the AFL and didn't know the rules. I thought the home team lost tonight as it was 7:19.61 versus 8:10.58. When the buzzer went I was like 'why are they cheering the other team still scored more goals'. I thought the other points only came into play if it was tied goals. Nope, multiple by six and add. Thanks. It's a chaotic game but when the team is in the zone and passes and catches and goals are flowing it's quite good to watch. I prefer it to League.

  13. Fun fact Australia is the best country in the world and i been to 5 afl grand finals cause I’m lit fam also fucking go the hawks

  14. I am Australian, I am in love with all of the people from America, Canada and so on saying they watch it or playing it! It’s Great

  15. Sports Channel (now Fox Sports) used to play AFL games on Fridays in the US in the mid 90s. It was very exciting to watch. My favorite team was the Geelong Cats.

  16. only one rule was kind of wrong. If you get tackled there are three outcomes.
    1. You had time to be able to dispose of the ball however legal.
    2.You had no prior oppurtunity and the ball is then tossed up by the refs
    3.Itsa high tackle and you get a free kick.

  17. there's one thing I need to say, and I'm cutting slack due to the stupidly large amount of rule changes since this video (seriously, they need to leave the flipping game alone)

    It's never 80 minutes, there is time on, a considerable amount of it, usually resulting in 5-10 minutes added per quarter, heck, I've seen one go for a total of 36 minutes, it was a Suns v Swans game in the Gold Coast, it had torrential rain, so lots of tackles, lots of time off

    So games on average will probably go for 100-120 minutes

  18. I’m Irish and I love Footy but there are no footy clubs near me . Like if you support Richmond Tigers 🐯 💛🖤

  19. 3:32 is this u fucking joke?
    Like he has a chance stoping that ball from going 20 meters in the air 🤣

  20. I don't know much about either sport but this seems much more fun then rugby even though they are similar

  21. I'm literally watching footy right now while looking through the comments of a video about footy lol. Happy to see so many people outside Aus that like our game. 😎

  22. Very high scores! This sport is boring to watch because it's so easy to score, but it must be so much fun to play! I would like to play

  23. FOOTY IS THE BEST
    Just because I’m Australian
    And buddy you don’t always get a free kick when you get tackled you only get a free kick if you are able to handball the ball and you don’t
    If you can’t get rid of it the umpire will take the ball and throw it up in that exact place where you got tackled like they do at the start

  24. Thanks for this video! I remember when the ESPN channels would show this during off hours, but never explained the rules. To me, it looked like Calvinball.

  25. Good video but just a couple of notes.
    1. If anyone catches a ball from a kick >15m then they are awarded a free kick (or the opportunity to play on), not just if the kick came from a team mate.
    2. The interchange can have up to 90 changes in a game, AFL is an incredibly demanding sport and even the best in the world need breaks.
    Thanks for the video, always love when people provide opportunities to get people into a sport I love!

  26. AFL is the biggest sport in Australia btw
    South Australia-94%
    Western Australia-89%
    Victoria-95%
    Northern Territory-91%
    Queensland-76%
    New South Wales-85%
    ACT-82%
    Tasmania-93%
    The clubs in AFL
    Adelaide Crows-SA
    Brisbane Lions-QLD
    Carlton Blues-VIC
    Collingwood Magpies-VIC
    Essendon Bombers-VIC
    Fremantle Dockers-WA
    Geelong Cats-VIC
    Gold Coast Suns-QLD
    Greater Western Sydney Giants-NSW
    Hawthorn Hawks-VIC
    Melbourne Demons-VIC
    North Melbourne Kangaroos-VIC
    Port Adelaide Power-SA
    Richmond Tigers-VIC
    Saint Kilda Saints-VIC
    Sydney Swans-NSW
    West Coast Eagles-WA
    Western Bulldogs-VIC
    18 Teams, the AFL is soon Expanding to the NT and Tasmania
    The AFL Play a few games in Tasmania, Hawks and Kangaroos
    Northern Territory Melbourne Demons play in Darwin and Alice Springs
    GWS play in Canberra
    Port Adelaide Play 1 game in China
    Last 5 grand finals
    2019-Richmond def GWS
    2018-West Coast def Collingwood
    2017-Richmond def Adelaide Crows
    2016-Western Bulldogs def Sydney Swans
    2015-Hawks def West Coast
    The AFL has a Draft and a trade period which goes on after the AFL Grand Final
    The Preseason is called JLT Community series and is 2 games they play
    And 23 rounds,22 games and 1 bye
    Then after the regular season the top 8 it’s called
    The AFL Finals which is the Playoffs basically, and goes for 4 weeks
    And the week before the finals and a week after the season, a Legends Match is played and it contains old Players from the AFL/VFL
    Australian Football is one of the oldest Sports in the world, formed in 1858
    The AFL is one of the oldest competitions in the world and was created in 1897
    Now the history, this will be short btw
    In 1858 a man by the name of Tom wills was a cricket player in Australia but born in England. After cricket season the players would do nothing so Tom wills started to play a new sport, Rugby and change up the rules a bit. They played Australian Rugby as it was called back in the 1850s so the players would get fit in the winter.
    Then the players made a new club called to the Melbourne Football Club now known as the Demons, and is the oldest team in Australia.
    And Geelong the next year.
    Carlton Blues were formed in 1864, North Melbourne in 1869 but joined the VFL in 1925, Essendon in 1871, Sydney Swans in 1874 before They were South Melbourne Bloods/Swans before relocating to Sydney, Saints in 1873, Footscray bulldogs in 1877 but joined in 1925, Fitzroy Lions in 1883, Richmond Tigers 1885 but joined in 1908, Collingwood in 1892 in 1897 the VFA split and a new League in Victorian containing the stronger Clubs from the VFA called the VFL and the teams are, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne and South Melbourne and the VFL invited Carlton and Saint Kilda now back to the clubs, Hawthorn in 1902 but joined in 1925, University in 1908 but left a few seasons later. The VFL didn’t expand or relocated until 1982 when South Melbourne relocated to Sydney but in 1986 the VFL started to expand to other states. West Coast Eagles in 1987 and the Brisbane Bears in 1987. In 1989 the VFL had its last season as its original name until the rebranded competition. Hawthorn defeated Geelong in a close Grand Final in 1989 as the last VFL Match. Btw the VFA Became the VFL in 1994.
    1990 the VFL Rebranded to the Australian Football League. In 1991 the first team in South Australia was the Adelaide Crows and being the most supported team in SA.
    1994 a second Team in the WA called the Fremantle Dockers
    1996 was the AFLs 100th season and was the Fitzroy Lions last season in the AFL and the Bears too
    1997 Port Adelaide is the 2nd team in South Australia and Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged each other becoming the Brisbane Lions
    2011 the Gold Coast Suns are the 2nd team in Queensland, with the 17 team competition, one team would have a bye each week.
    in 2012 the GWS Giants were Formed in NSW
    2019 there are currently no new teams in the AFL but in the future the league will be at 20 teams in Tasmania and Northern Territory
    The State leagues are basically the 2nd biggest a Competitions in Australia
    South Australian Football League
    Adelaide Crows Reserves
    Central Districts Bulldogs
    Glenelg Tigers
    North Adelaide Roosters
    Norwood Redlegs
    Port Adelaide Magpies, Port Adelaide Power Reserves now
    South Adelaide Panthers
    West Adelaide Bloods
    Woodville West Torrens
    Western Australian Football League
    Northern Territory Football League
    North East Football League
    Tasmanian State League
    Victorian Football League
    That’s all the state leagues
    The AFL also has a International Cup
    AFL used to have a State of Origin till 1999
    Australia also has a Amateur competition which is the Non league Football in England
    Adelaide Footy League which is the biggest Amateur competition in Australia
    WAAFL
    QFL
    AFL NSW
    ACTFL
    VAFA
    Thanks for reading this
    Go Crows

  27. I'm trying to support a team that is shit and one day when they finally stop being shit and win I can say I was a real fan that was there since day one, anyone know a team like that?
    (Also, how is the league structured)

  28. Holy shit these guys would make great Defensive backs in American football with would probably get a few picks every game!

  29. footy was a really good sport back in the day but these days the scores are lower, not as much action happens and i swear geelong was rigged out of the grand final but whatever..

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