Australian Rules Football (affectionately known as ‘Aussie Rules’ or ‘Footy’) is a code of football featuring high-scoring, hard-hitting and free flowing action from start to finish.
While the traditional game of Australian Rules football features 18 players per team, and is played on a cricket oval, Major League Footy game play has been developed specifically to meet the recruiting and facility needs of clubs in the United States.
Drawing on the roots of Aussie Rules and also other variations on the sport – most specifically AFI Footy 9s – Major League Footy, is an American adaptation of the game.
MLF distills the essence of Aussie Rules game play to meet the USA sport environment.
THE BASICS OF MAJOR LEAGUE FOOTY GAMEPLAY
MLF is an exciting new take on traditional Aussie Rules football – adapted for the USA!
Matches are played on American Football fields (100 yards x 53.3 yards)
Australian Rules goal and point (behind) posts
Each team consists of 7 players – 3 defenders, 3 forwards and 2 midfielders. 3 players on bench.
The object is to score more goals than the opposing team. A goal is scored when the ball is kicked through the posts.
The games and periods start with a jump ball in the middle of the field. A jump ball also occurs after each goal.
The ball is moved around the field by kicking (out of the hands) or handballing the ball.
The ball can be moved forward or backwards, and there is no off-side rule.
As in basketball, players must bounce the ball when they run (every 15 yards).
When a player is tackled, they must dispose of the ball by kicking or handballing.
Major League Footy is not traditional Australian Football. It’s also not AFLX, or ‘metro rules footy’. While MLF is most closely based on AFI Footy 9s, Major League Footy gameplay is a variation of that as well, intended to retain aspects of the traditional game.
Check out this 2017 interview with St. Petersburg Swans’ color commentator Miro Gladovic, who went from press box to forward during St. Petersburg’s match with Pittsburgh.
In this interview with play-by-play announcer Rich Libero, Gladovic discusses the rapid-fire game-play of his first game of Major League Footy.