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. Footy is also the oldest codified version of football, having been formalized just a few years before soccer.
While the traditional game features 18 players per team – playing on a cricket sized oval – a new adaptation of the sport for American multi-purpose fields is MLF Aussie Fives.
Major League Footy is an American competition of Aussie Fives, played in a season running October through March, and the MLF Aussie Fives Game System and Method of Play is Patent Pending.
THE BASICS OF MLF AUSSIE FIVES
Major League Footy and MLF Aussie Fives is an exciting new take on traditional Aussie Rules football – specifically adapted for the USA!
· Matches are played on multi-purpose fields, with a 100 yards x 53.3 yards playing ground – that’s the same size as and American (gridiron) football field, without the end zones.
· Each team consists of 5 players – 1 back, 1 forward and 3 midfielders.
· The game starts with a jump ball in the middle of the field.
· The object is to score more goals than the opposing team.
· A goal (6 points) is scored when the ball is kicked through the goal posts.
· The ball is moved around the field by either a kick or handball.
· All players can score, and can go anywhere on the field. There is no off-side rule.
· As in basketball, players must bounce the ball when they run (every 15 yards).
While it might at first blush seem a radical departure from traditional footy, Aussie Fives has been trialed in competitive game play in over 130 matches over the past three years, and offers the best of footy – wide open paddocks, more contests for the ball than other ‘rectangular field’ versions of footy, and less congestion than 9, 12 or 14-a-side on the small grounds typically found in the States.
There are speckies, traditional goal and point posts and traditional scoring (with the addition of the 10-point super goal), plus innovations like the ‘defensive spoil’ rule on last touch out of bounds.
Americanized twists (one ‘time out’ per team) and Overtime and Shootout Periods in the event of a draw after regulation time are also specific to MLF Aussie Fives.
Single games are 4 x 10 minute periods, while ‘double-headers’ feature two back-to-back games of 2 x 10 minute halves.
The result is the most competitive, most similar to traditional footy ‘rectangular field’ gameplay format yet, customized specifically for American players and audiences.
The format is also highly leveraged to grow the game of Australian Rules Football as a competitive spectator sport in non-traditional markets.
Check out this 2017 interview with St. Petersburg Swans‘ color commentator Miro Gladovic, who went from press box to forward during St. Pete’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 on a gridiron-sized field!