You may hear the game referred to as AFL, Australian Football, Aussie Rules, or simply footy, and it is the indigenous sport of Australia that has been played for over 150-years.
WHAT IS AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL?
Australia’s premier spectator sport is one of the most exciting, skilful, tough, and fast paced games in the world and played by some of the fittest athletes on the planet, drawing average crowds of over 35,000 for each game at the highest level
At the highest level, the sport is played with an oval ball between two teams of eighteen players on a large oval-shaped field, with the aim of the game to kick the ball through the two tallest goal-posts which are set at either end of the ground.
You may see Australian football in Canada also played on smaller, rectangular grounds and sometimes with only 9 players per side, but the skills of the game remain the same and the passion and enthusiasm is as prevalent as it is in Australia.
Australian Football in Canada has been around since 1989.
To see the professional game described and in action in Australia, watch this video:
For more information about Australian football visit www.afl.com.au