Because of different cultures, football and soccer are two names that can easily confuse you, primarily when you are used to calling soccer, football. In Australia, soccer involves kicking the ball to the goal point, while football is more of a hands-on game. Australians are big fans of Australian rules football and never mind spending money on AFL league’s tickets. Here are a few facts that will help you understand more about the sport.
AFL is a Blend of Different Sports
By the way the sport is played, you can already see some similarities with rugby and a few soccer rules. What you might not know is the footy has some links to Marngrook. This is an Aboriginal game that was traditionally played by players who kicked the ball as high as possible into the air. The game was developed in Australia but has spread to other parts of the world such as the USA, Canada, Sweden, South Africa and Denmark.
Losers Get a Reward Too
Everyone concentrates on the winning team or the teams with the most points in the premier leagues. In this sport, losers also get a reward, an imaginary wooden spoon. So far St Kilda has the most wooden spoons at 27 in Australian football history whereas the Adelaide and Port Adelaide teams have never received this spoon. So at the end of the day the game is a win-win for both winners and losers.
The Anzac Day Annual Match
For a long time, the government did not allow a game to play on Anzac day. If a game fell on the date, it had to be postponed. However, this changed in 1995 when Collingwood and Essendon had a blockbuster match which drew the biggest crowd ever witnessed in the history of football games. Since then, the two clubs come together every year on the 25th of April.