Australia is home to some of the most exciting and unique sports leagues in the world. We mention unique because they play something called Australian rules football. The game is actually more similar rugby but have a couple of rules that vary from it. The major leagues in Australian sports are the Australian Football League for Australian rules football, the National Rugby League for rugby, and the Sheffield Shield for cricket. These are the top major sports leagues in Australia
The AFL was initially founded in 1896 and was then known as the Victorian Football League. By 1980, the VFL had started expanding outside of Victoria towards other Australian states. In 1990, they officially changed their name to the AFL.
The AFL is the only professional league that plays Australian rules football. There are a lot of differences compared to its counterparts, American football, football, and Rugby. The field is oval shaped instead of rectangular, like it’s counterparts. Each team has 18 players on each side and can rotate in substitution without any restrictions. Football only has 11 and Rugby has 15. The ball is more similar to the shape of a rugby ball. The size is a bit smaller and the sides are more rounded. For scoring, the ball must be kicked in between the four goal posts. There are two types of scores; 6 points if the ball is sent through the central goal posts and 1 point if it goes between the outer posts.
This is the premier domestic league for Rugby in Australia. The NRL is comprised of teams that used to compete in different regions all over Australia as early as 1908. The league was officially founded in December 1997. There are 16 teams in total in the NRL who face each other in regular season. The eight teams who were able to rack up the most points will enter a 4 week tournament to determine who the NRL Champion is.
Cricket in Australia
Cricket has been in Australia for a long time now. The first recorded game was played way back in 1803. Since then, the cricket scene in Australia has grown so much in popularity. The Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash League are the two biggest cricket leagues in Australia.
The Sheffield Shield started as early as 1891 when the Earl of Sheffield toured Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney to promote the English cricket team. By 1892, the tour had ended, and Lord Sheffield decided to give the New South Wales Cricket Company some money to provide a trophy for an intercolonial tournament in Australia. In 1892, the teams started playing in the first ever match of the Sheffield Shield.
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