Aaa, Australia. The land of scorching heat, snakes, spiders, sharks and other things that want you dead. Oh, but wait, there's the awe-inspiring natural beauty, the canyons, the beaches, the coral reef! Not to mention Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (and Mel Gibson?). But wait, there's more: the Sydney Opera House, cute koalas and kangaroos, Barbie (barbeque, not the doll) and vegemite! Did you know that Vegemite was an Australian invention? If you want to learn more and test your knowledge of Australia, this is the place to start!
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Australian Rules Football (also "Aussie Rules" or "footy") is a physical contact sport. It is a form of football with roots traceable from early forms of Rugby and Gaelic football, but it is uniquely Australian. Its rules were codified in 1858, and probably predate all other modern forms of football, such as American, Canadian, Rugby Union and League, Association (Soccer) and Gaelic football. Today it is a multi-million dollar business, with a National Competition and numerous smaller leagues.
Aussie Rules is played on cricket ovals; this means there are no standard dimensions for a football field (usually called "ground" or "paddock"). The field should be an oval between 135 and 185 meters in length and 110 and 155 meters in width. The goals are two sets of posts erected at the far ends of the oval. The ball is an oval bladder covered with leather, tanned for day use or colored visible yellow for night matches.
A team consists of 18 players. You can score a goal by kicking the ball between the two larger goal posts without being touched (there are also other ways of scoring). The length of one game is four quarters of 20 minutes playing time.
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