The basics of Australian football


this text become firstly written as a part of a education ebook in 1973. It turned into an attempt to fast tune the football education of contributors of the Queensland nation Secondary Schoolboys group about to compete in the Australian countrywide Championships towards the would possibly of Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

every participant became given a copy of the booklet containing this and different training recommendation. The schooling sessions strove to inculcate those fundamentals into the gamers' psyche.

The thoughts expressed here had been element and parcel of training within the huge states however no longer so in Queensland where Australian football was a minor recreation.

1. The call of the sport is kicking goals.

a. Kicking lengthy to a team mate is the shortest way home.

b. Play on quickly if you may and supply the ball fast with the aid of hand or foot.

c. do not play on whilst

(I) you're in a role to score; or

(ii) in defence near goal.

2. whilst in possession of the ball

a. Use the ball constructively I. e. successfully.

b. Get the ball via the goals speedy and by using something approach feasible.

c. observe steady strain to the competition by means of playing on on every occasion possible.

d. look up earlier than you kick.

e. Brake fast for the first 5 steps with the ball, if possible, then constant and supply appropriately to a team mate.

f. if you are clean, run to space, leap after 15 metres and then you definitely have every other 15 metres to size up your target.

3. the use of handball

a. A handball can in no way take the place of a properly-directed kick. (In current football, with its introduced speed and the extended ability and distance of handballs, this could now not always be the case for quick kicks).

b. it is most effective used

(I) deliver a player in a better role a chance to play to on; or

(ii) in defence, while tackled to a crew mate or wide into area closer to the boundary and closer to our desires.

c. An powerful handball of 20 metres may be extra effective than a brief kick.

d. comply with up each handball you give till the ball is cleared away. This allows you to protect your team mate or obtain a go back handball that sets up a free guy scenario.

e. don't handball to a participant too near you as he's in danger of being tackled as well.

f. Handballs may be used to open up the sport and more importantly can create the "loose man" or help to get a "guy over".

g. Handball in the front of your team mate, chest high, so that he's pressured to run onto the ball and gather at complete speed.

4. looking in packs of  or 3; the man over or Getting the unfastened man:

a. the closest participant to the only with the ball is to provide assistance in any viable way (e. g. shepherding, receiving a handball, speaking, and so forth.) by backing up your mate, usually attempt to outnumber the opposition.

b. while, in a collection near the ball, nominate the person to get the ball, (the nearest, ideally or the smallest and fastest), while the bigger guy shepherds.

5. combat for the front function:

a. you have got the high-quality threat to attain ownership of the ball;

b. the man in front continually gets the benefit of the doubt on selections by way of the umpire.

c. always make the ball the item of your play.

d. Punch the ball from in the back of when you are in a shielding role.

e. Punch the ball closer to the boundary line in the backline or to the team's gain in the ahead line.

6. No packs or Crunches:

a. Hit the ball out of the p.c. to a player calling for it inside the open and making function to obtain it.

b. This lets in for "play on" soccer as well as giving your crew mate room to deliver the ball without opposition.

7. Crumbs-crumbs-crumbs:

a. 3 out of every 4 kicks are earned from crumbs; A exceptional percentage of all marks are spilt.

b. One guy within the quality role have to be nominated to fly for the mark; one shorter participant either drifts to the front of the p.c., going through it, while the alternative positions himself in the back of the %.

c. do not be too close to the %. go with the flow in behind or in the front of the p.c. because the ball hits the floor or flies off the hands of the %. accumulate it at full velocity.

d. wet weather play: a greasy ball tends to slip via the fingers of the percent to fall in the back of it. whilst the ball hits the floor, it tends to skid low and not soar.

e. Windy situations:

(I) a ball kicked in opposition to the wind will fall quick of the p.c.. So be in the front.

(ii) A ball kicked with the breeze has a tendency to go with the flow over the % and fall at the back of it.

(iii) A crosswind has a tendency to force the ball across the percent to fall on the opposite to the wind I. e. for a westerly wind, role your self at the eastern side of the %.

8. whilst the competition has the ball:

a. mind your guy, toe to toe, shoulder to shoulder, run with him, now not after him.

b. in case your opponent has a mark or loose kick, guard the mark and give attention to seeking to distract him as he kicks.

c. don't allow him to play on and try to save you a handball being given to an attacking participant strolling beyond.

d. don't allow your opponent to run beyond the mark to get hold of a handball.

e. always function your self between your opponent and the ball I. e. play internal or infield of him, specially within the backline.

f. when protecting, wherever you are at the floor, always make your opponent turn toward the boundary and faraway from his dreams or onto his non-favored foot to kick.

g. discover as soon as possible his weaknesses and make the most them for your benefit.

nine. Umpires:

a. keep in mind, the man in white is constantly proper.

b. remember without him, there may be no recreation.

c. always help the umpire e. g. pick out up the ball for him.

d. never dispute a choice. It may not trade and you may disadvantage your group with poor concentration.

e. Play the sport the way he needs it played. His process is difficult sufficient with out you making it tougher by way of disputing his selections.

f. Rucks and rovers ought to observe the manner he bounces the ball and regulate their positions to match. Watch how a long way the boundary umpires throw the ball, as properly.

g. don't count on free kicks. Play the whistle.

10. New law interpretations:

a. recognize the rules of the sport. study the guideline e book.

b. study any new rule or interpretation. Ask the umpire, if you aren't positive.

c. Minor infringements are often neglected if the group indignant towards nevertheless controls the ball. The umpire may additionally certainly say "play on" to indicate he has visible it and lets in you to get on with the game.

11. group spirit or willingness to work for one another:

a. Loyalty to the crew and jersey.

b. usually be ready to give than to take.

c. inspire true friendship among your group pals. permit "fascinated by one and one for all" be your motto.

d. Obey the teach's or captain's instructions with out question.

today, in present day soccer terminology, these fundamental might be visible as a part of the "crew Plan". They could be emphasised time and again again at schooling and throughout breaks in games till they became automatic.