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What is Australian Rules Football?

Australian Rules Football is a contact sport played between two teams of 18 players that involves kicking, handballing and running with the ball.

The Pitch: Aussie Rules is played on cricket ovals, the goals are two sets of posts erected at the far ends of the oval.

The Team: A team consists of 18 players; three interchange players (substitutes) are allowed on the bench. Free substitutions are allowed at any time during the match, through a "gate" in front of either bench. Players are deployed in five lines of three across the oval, with the remaining three assigned to the ball.

Scoring: A ball kicked between the two larger goal posts without being touched is a goal and scores six points. If the ball passes between the behind posts by any other means, then it is a behind, and it scores 1 point. If the ball hits the goal post, a behind is scored.

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