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

  • December 31, 2017 at 7:36 pm
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    In other words just like the Aussies themselves it's a totally insane game!

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  • January 4, 2018 at 7:56 am
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    list of all AFL teams and their team colours:

    Adelaide Crows [Navy Blue, red and yellow]
    Brisbane lions [Maroon, blue and gold]
    Calton Blues [Navy blue and sometimes white]
    Collingwood Magpies [black and white]
    Essendon Bombers [Red and black]
    Fremantle Dockers [Purple and white] (used to be Purple, red, green and white)
    Geelong Cats [Navy blue and white]
    Gold Coast Suns [Gold, Blue and red]
    Great of Western Sydney [Orange, Grey and white]
    Hawthorn Hawks [Brown and gold]
    Melbourne Demons [Navy blue and red]
    North Melbourne Kangaroos [Blue and white]
    Port Adelaide Power [Teal, Black, white and sometimes silver]
    Richmond Tigers [Yellow and black]
    St. Kilda Saints [Red, White and black]
    Sydney Swans [Red and white]
    West Coast Eagles [Royal Blue, Gold and sometimes and white]
    Western Bulldogs (A.K.A Footscray Bulldogs) [Red, White and blues]

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  • February 6, 2018 at 10:42 am
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    He explained some things wrong,go Hawks!

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  • February 7, 2018 at 10:04 am
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    I'm Australian and this is wrong

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  • February 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm
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    I’m australian

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  • February 15, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    How I LIVE WITHOUT THIS SO CUUL !!!111!!! Go PAYPAL BANGBANj HAAHXAXAXAXAxA

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  • March 7, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    So it’s nowhere near American Football

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  • March 11, 2018 at 2:11 pm
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    Anybody else think the line judge at 0:49 is epic as hell?

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  • March 22, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    The NFL should scout these guys for punters/kickers.

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  • March 31, 2018 at 11:21 pm
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    A couple extra things for those who bother:

    If you tackle an opponent, you only get the free kick if the opponent had prior opportunity to get rid of the ball
    Opponents can also take intercept marks
    You are allowed to knock the ball on without taking full possession, but scooping it and releasing it is not allowed
    There is no offside
    If you kick the ball out on the full, it is a free kick
    After a behind, the opposition kicks the ball back into play from their defensive goalsquare (like a goalkick in soccer)
    If the ball goes out of bounds from a kick-in, and nobody touches it, this is also a free kick
    You are not allowed to take the ball out of bounds deliberately; this will result in a free kick
    You also cannot deliberately rush the ball over your opposition's goal line for a behind
    Each of the 18 teams plays each other at least once in 22 games (a team plays five other teams twice)
    For a win, you get 4 points, a draw/no result is 2 points and a loss is no points
    The points are added up over the season and the 8 teams who score the most points over the season make the finals (or playoffs)
    Eventually, two teams play off in the Grand Final, for the cherished premiership cup.
    In addition, there are now four players on the bench at any given time, and no substitutes. This means that there is now a maximum of 90 interchanges
    In finals matches, if there is a draw, there are two five-minute periods of extra time, with a thirty second break between each period. If the game is still tied up at the end of the second five-minute period, the siren will not sound until the next score

    Also, go Swans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope this helped

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  • April 21, 2018 at 1:18 am
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    Mmm, good video but the rules of Aussie Rules are incredibly complex. A tackle does not automatically equal a free kick. There are sooooooooooooo many aspects of free kicks. Essentially AFL is similar to soccer in ball movement in regards to speed.

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  • May 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    When they show it on tv no one explains it so i just keep flipping channels. Thatnks man now i can watch and actually be interested

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  • May 22, 2018 at 10:56 am
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    i play aussie rules as a midfielder/forward. such a great game

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  • May 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm
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    I’ve grown up watching my brothers footy. It’s honestly the best game to play. As a girl playing this sport I think it’s amazing, although I do get slammed into the ground I come back up and keep on playing. I think more girls should start playing

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  • May 26, 2018 at 5:07 pm
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    As an aussie, I can safely say this gives you enough information to understand the game enough to not be confused, like any sport there are many intricacies but great info none the less.

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  • May 28, 2018 at 9:16 am
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    Or known as footy

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  • June 26, 2018 at 8:35 am
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    As an Aussie I love this sport and I love to see that people love our game

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  • July 5, 2018 at 11:16 am
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    Go bombers 🖤❤️

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  • July 9, 2018 at 5:51 pm
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    0:52 i want to be a referee just so i get to do that

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  • July 17, 2018 at 3:21 am
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    This sport looks pretty cool.

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  • July 19, 2018 at 9:41 pm
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    You call these rules complicated, meanwhile it's the only football code I could get a decent grasp off. 😂

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  • July 24, 2018 at 12:07 am
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    How come it's called Aussie rules football instead of rugby.

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  • July 25, 2018 at 10:05 am
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    The field looks like a quidditch field

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  • July 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm
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    Thanks for great detail on the sport. Can you touch the ball on the ground instead of bouncing?

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  • August 2, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    couple minor inaccuracies

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  • August 8, 2018 at 12:57 pm
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    Update this video please. The substitute rule isn't in the AFL anymore

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  • August 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm
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    how the fuck was this random shit created

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  • August 15, 2018 at 11:54 am
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    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.

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  • August 19, 2018 at 11:27 am
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    I'm a Aussie and I play footy every day but I just wanted to see how you explained it, well done 👏🏻

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  • August 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm
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    Interesting sport but rules seem complicated. Probably have to play it yourselves to understand fully

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  • August 29, 2018 at 12:32 pm
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    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.

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  • September 10, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    You may have forgotten handballs

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  • September 19, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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    So… is it the same field dimensions as cricket?

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  • September 29, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    Rules of Rallycross?

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  • October 2, 2018 at 11:24 pm
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    OZ Rules is not that complicated, its simpler than Rugby Union or American Football. I miss the old ESPN. And the AFL.

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  • October 13, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    okay now i want to know, whats called that giant pile of hay that the fans behind the posts wave after a goal?

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  • October 17, 2018 at 9:31 pm
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    not sure if you accept suggestions but can you do a video on the rules of aflx?

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  • October 23, 2018 at 5:58 am
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    120 INTERCHANGES

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  • October 28, 2018 at 4:39 am
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    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.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 4:43 am
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    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

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  • November 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm
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    WOW! probably the most athletic sport out there!

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  • November 7, 2018 at 7:52 am
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    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

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  • November 8, 2018 at 5:46 am
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    man those are some tiny pants (looks fun, tho)

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  • November 14, 2018 at 7:27 am
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    i suggest you say what season you play the sports in.footy is played in the winter so you could say that

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  • November 18, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    When I first saw this sport it looked a lot like rugby definitely seems like a great sport

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  • November 25, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    The title says two "rules"

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  • December 1, 2018 at 10:24 am
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    And has the fourth highest average attendance of any football code in the world..

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  • December 2, 2018 at 10:00 am
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    I was born for this game

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  • December 4, 2018 at 2:06 am
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    Frankston Dolphins anyone!?!!😍😍😍

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  • December 9, 2018 at 9:35 am
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    If you tackle in the back it is a free kick and a normal tackle is a play on

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  • December 10, 2018 at 11:19 am
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    Thank you for explaining this. I was so confused before.;)

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  • December 17, 2018 at 5:09 am
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    Y do Americans love american and aussie football but not rugby😕

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  • December 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm
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    Just call it AFL

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  • December 29, 2018 at 5:17 am
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    3:51 go bombers

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  • January 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    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.

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  • January 31, 2019 at 7:04 am
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    I’m an Aussie so I don’t know why I’m watching this

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    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!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    go Magpies!

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  • February 14, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    thanks for this! just getting into the sport 🙂

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  • February 23, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    I’d die from running before getting to the centre square…

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  • February 28, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    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.

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  • March 18, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    So it's called Speckie? That's probably the most spectacular thing I've seen, bar an interception from a CB in American Football.

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  • March 21, 2019 at 7:26 pm
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    It's a mix between rugby and Gaelic (btw Gaelic is Irish u might not know it)

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  • March 24, 2019 at 1:08 am
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    Game for poofters.

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  • March 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    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.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    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

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  • April 8, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    I just made it into the team and you were some help…Thanks👌💪🏻

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  • April 21, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    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

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  • April 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    i gotta say the st kilda insult was a bit rough but it was funny so i give you that

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  • May 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    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.

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  • May 4, 2019 at 3:04 pm
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    As a rugby player I'd love to try this sport

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  • May 6, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Greatest sport on the planet🌍 and go the Adelaide Crows!!❤️💛💙

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  • May 11, 2019 at 12:50 pm
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    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.

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  • May 12, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    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

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  • May 14, 2019 at 7:55 am
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    most of your info was basic and it is 25 or 20 minutes plus time on

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  • May 14, 2019 at 8:03 am
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    IT IS 4 PLAYERS ON THE INTERCHANGE

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  • May 15, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    so rugby played on a cricket pitch but instead of a try you kick into a set of posts

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  • May 20, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    I have a buddy who used to play aussi rule but now he plays football in canada

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  • May 21, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    My favourtie sport

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  • May 26, 2019 at 8:05 am
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    I’m Irish and I love Footy but there are no footy clubs near me . Like if you support Richmond Tigers 🐯 💛🖤

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  • June 8, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    3:32 is this u fucking joke?
    Like he has a chance stoping that ball from going 20 meters in the air 🤣

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  • June 24, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    I don't know much about either sport but this seems much more fun then rugby even though they are similar

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  • June 29, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    just an Aussie here 👋 dk why I typed up afl but it's good to see that so many people love the sport

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  • July 12, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    Go TIGERS

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  • July 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm
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    You forgot to mention if you get tackled and it not clear free kick it’s a ball up

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  • July 18, 2019 at 12:27 am
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    It’s known as afl

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    For a mark to be awarded it must also not be touched by the opposing team when you are catching it

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  • July 22, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    Clear and understandable overview. Thanks!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    International football
    Ireland vs Australia
    Mix of Aussie rules and the Irish football

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  • July 27, 2019 at 8:25 am
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    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. 😎

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  • July 28, 2019 at 5:31 am
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    How did they get this from football
    I mean the tackles and kicks are almost the same

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    It is AFL

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  • August 4, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    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

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Is there any rule prohibiting t-shirt jersey?

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  • August 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm
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    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

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  • August 13, 2019 at 8:16 am
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    3:48 That's the "Sirengate" controversy

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    go the mighty pies i bleed black and white i might need a doctor if my blood is that colour but i don't care

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  • August 29, 2019 at 6:54 am
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    A great short breakdown of our great game. Go Tigers.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 7:08 am
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    Following the sport in America is like following it in NSW:
    Impossible without judgement

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  • September 3, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    This sport sounds dope and I want to try it

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