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Australian Rules Football

Australian Rules Football, also known as Aussie Rules, is a full contact team sport, played between two teams with 18 players in each team. The origin of the sport is not very clear and there are several theories about how the sport originated.

Aussie Rules is the most popular and the most attended sport in Australia. Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest level professional league for the sport in Australia, with 18 teams, and a season that runs from April through to October.

The sport is played in an oval shaped field, using an oval shaped ball. Each end has two pairs of posts. The inner pair is called the goal posts, and the outer pair is called the behind posts. The objective of the sport is to score as many points as possible, in four 20 minute quarters of play.

WAFL players going up in the ruck WAFL players going up in the ruck
at Leederville Oval

Points can be scored in two ways:

At the end of the match, the team with the most points is declared as the winner. If both teams have the same number of points, the match ends in a draw.

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