FCN FOCUS: AFLW: What is Aussie Rules Football
Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ballbetween goal posts (worth six points) or between behind posts (worth one point).
The sport’s origins can be traced to football matches played in Melbourne, Victoria in 1858, inspired by English public school football games. Seeking to develop a game more suited to adults and Australian conditions, the Melbourne Football Club published the first laws of Australian football in May 1859, making it the oldest of the world’s major football codes.
Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League(AFL), the sport’s only fully professional competition, is the nation’s wealthiest sporting body. The AFL Grand Final, held annually at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, is the highest attended club championship event in the world. The sport is also played at amateur level in many countries and in several variations. Its rules are governed by the AFL Commission with the advice of the AFL’s Laws of the Game Committee.
AFL Women’s (AFLW) is Australia’s national Australian rules football league for female players. The first season of the league began in February 2017 with eight teams. The league is run by the Australian Football League (AFL) and is contested by a subset of clubs from that competition. The reigning premiers are the Western Bulldogs.