The most popular sport in Australia


Australian Rules Football is the most popular sport in Australia. At least, it is if you judge by people watching sport on TV, people attending matches and internet search terms.

To play, basically you have to catch the ball which is called taking a ‘mark’.


Then you need to kick it, or handpass it to your teammates to get it near your team’s goal.


When you are close enough, you kick it between the goal posts. Getting the ball through the tall, middle posts scores 6 points. Kicking it through the smaller side posts scores 1 point.


Watching a game is very exciting once you understand what is happening! Games take 80 minutes (4 x 20 minute quarters with short breaks in between) and there are 18 players on the field for each team at a time.