Why do we love the AFL so much? Simple - it's Australia's own unique game! With the Grand Final this weekend, we thought it was only appropriate to use this week's Travel Blog for a look at some fun facts around our favourite sporting event...
- Initially a game of AFL would be finished after a team had scored two goals, it became too dark or the ball was punctured.
- The game was created as a way for cricketers to keep fit during the off season.
- When the game was first beginning, the Melbourne Football Club published just 10 rules for the game. This was in 1859, making the AFL rules older than soccer's rules.
- It is also widely believed that AFL evolved from Gaelic football, even though the AFL actually proceeded the Gaelic game.
- During a night game in 1996, the lights at the stadium went out, forcing St Kilda and Essendon to finish their game on the following Tuesday.
- In 1916, only four teams played due to the war. Fitzroy finished at the bottom of the ladder, but then won the Grand Final, taking out the wooden spoon and the premiership at the same time!
- AFL is the only game in the world where you can get a point, even if you miss the goal (getting a behind).
- And most importantly, AFL is the only major sport that was born in Australia!