The Rules of Australian Football

GAME OBJECTIVE!

Australian Rules Football field is often called the pitch. Football, known as footy, is played on a cricket ground so that the dimentions are never the same, but close. Normally there are 18 players in a team but in this league there will be 12 players per team and the ground will be smaller. The objective is to get the ball to you end using kicks and handballs ( not throwing ), kick it through the middle goals and score 6 points -  and hey if you miss you still get 1 point if it goes throught the point posts. The game is full contact and NO padding is warn. 

 

Players and Positions

A team consists of 18 players; four interchange players (substitutes) are allowed on the bench. Due to the faster pace of today's game some coaches are pressing to have the number of interchange players raised to six. During the preseason competition, when the weather can be quite warm, a 6 man interchange is allowed. A team may play with as few as 14 players on the field, but playing "shorthanded" is almost unheard of in the AFL.

There are no restrictions as to how often players can be rotated on and off the bench. There is a designated interchange area from which players must enter and leave the ground with an interchange steward to ensure excess players do not enter the field of play.

 

Purpose of Player Positions

All players should contest the ball when its within their vicinity (unless playing to alternative coaching instructions). Other general purposes of player positions according to line are:

Forwards: Attack the goal
  Trap the ball in the area
Half Forwards: Attack the goal
  Set up scoring shots
  Trap the ball further forward - then hold
  Trap the ball in the area
Center Line: Attack the goal
  Set up scoring shots
  Recover the ball from the backline
  Trap the ball further forward - then hold
  Trap the ball in the area
Half Backs: Hold the ball in the area
  Attack - clear ball forwards
  Recover ball from backline
Backs: Hold the ball in the area
  Attack - clear ball forwards