Is Australian Soccer Actually "Aerial Ping Pong"?

Rising up in Queensland after World Conflict Two, I solely grew to become conscious of “Aussie Guidelines” after I was at main college in grade 4. My college provided each Rugby League and Aussie Guidelines as winter sports activities. I selected to play our Australian sport. I quickly learnt it was referred to as “Aerial Ping Pong” by the supporters of the opposite sport which was by far the preferred soccer performed within the state.

In hindsight, again within the mid-twentieth century, I can see the justification for this perception. The soccer was typically dropkicked excessive within the air to be caught above the top or knocked away from the marking participant. Every mark or free kick typically resulted in a stoppage the place the attacking participant kicked the soccer from behind a mark indicated by the umpire. So the sport was considerably static.

After each scrimmage/stoppage, the soccer was bounced within the air for a rucking contest like a tip off in basketball. The soccer could possibly be handballed or knocked ahead; kicked off the bottom and the workforce scored by kicking the soccer by the 4 objectives posts. There was tackling however inside sure guidelines. All in all, the soccer spent quite a lot of time within the air.

Nonetheless, the time period, “Ping Pong” implies a mushy sport. Right here is the place the nickname of our nationwide sport was so deceptive. Australian soccer is a 360 diploma sport. There is no such thing as a off aspect. Gamers will be tackled, pushed or bumped from any route. In these different soccer video games, the tackler is in entrance of the participant. So the gamers see the tackler coming. Added to that time, there are 18 opposition gamers able to deal with, push or bump versus 13 or 15 in these Rugby video games.

The trendy sport of Australian Soccer ridicules that nickname.

It’s the sport that has

  • The most important oval;
  • It has probably the most gamers concerned of any soccer sport truly on the oval taking part in;
  • It’s performed for the longest time.

The trendy model sees gamers working continuously from finish of the sphere to the opposite. (The oval is an ellipse about 160 metres lengthy with a width of 120 metres on the centre of the oval. The Rugby sport ovals are rectangular and solely 100 metres lengthy.)

Tackling has change into a characteristic of the sport. The tackling seen within the sport is as robust as is seen within the Rugby video games besides it tends to be one on one tackles. The purpose of the tackler is to dispossess the participant of the soccer and put them on the bottom.

As a result of the sport is so quick with a number of working and fierce tackling in addition to excessive marking, the harm toll has elevated from mainly mushy tissue accidents to knee reconstructions, concussion, damaged bones to call just some accidents.

The sport has change into so fast, that it’s now umpired by two or three and even 4 discipline umpires relying on the actual competitors at open stage.

A participant of our Australian sport should grasp many extra abilities than within the Rugby video games. The participant should have the ability to kick each ft with a wide range of kicking types; handball alternative ways with each palms; spoil a mark; have the ability to bump and shepherd an opponent; dodge round gamers; run swiftly bouncing a ball; decide a ball up off the bottom working at tempo and kick objectives from all angles.

Lastly, the sport on the highest stage has change into skilled with virtually every day coaching and taking part in taking on all however four weeks of the 12 months.

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