Austrailian Football (also known as “Aussie Rules, “AFL”, or “Footy”) is a sport reminiscent of Gaelic football.
The pitch is an oval shape ranging 135-185 metres long and 110-155 metres wide. Both teams consist of 18 players. Austrailian is a physically demanding and extremely fast sport. Physical contact is an important part of the game, where it is allowed to tackle players who have the ball and use the body to prevent other players from taking the ball. The sport contains elements from European football, rugby, Gaelic football and somethings are only found in Australian Football.
The scores are written with three numbers; Goals, Behind and Total Score. Eg. 10, 13, 73. This means that 10 goals and 13 behinds have been scored, this gives a total of 73 points.
A match lasts for 4 quarters. Each quarter is 20 minutes of full playing time, however where gameplay stops because of injuries, penalties and throw-ins, time is added. On average, a game will last 25-30 minutes.
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Australian Football has been played in Norway since approximately 2005. The Australian football teams were located in Oslo and Ås. The Oslo team is called The Oslo Crows, and the Ås’ team are called The Ås Battlers
The Oslo Crow have previously played in the Western-Swedish league with teams from Gothenburg and Karlstad. The Crows won this in both 2011 and 2012.
The first Norwegian league began in 2012, The Kenguru Cup. The Oslo Crows split in two for this, Oslo Øst and Oslo Vest. The two Oslo teams and Ås played against each other in the league. Oslo Øst became the winners of the series.
All teams were started by Australian born Norwegians.