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Thread: The Game Is NOT AFL Football it IS Australian Rules Football

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    Is AFLW football Aussie Rules, or something else? It's not that it's played by women, but the rules are different to some degree with 16 a side, unlimited rotations and last touch out of bounds rule. And even more extreme would be AFLX. How different can the game be from what is played in the AFL to still qualify as truly being Aussie Rules Football? Would it be misleading or confusing to call all varieties of the game Aussie Rules?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludwig View Post
    Is AFLW football Aussie Rules, or something else? It's not that it's played by women, but the rules are different to some degree with 16 a side, unlimited rotations and last touch out of bounds rule. And even more extreme would be AFLX. How different can the game be from what is played in the AFL to still qualify as truly being Aussie Rules Football? Would it be misleading or confusing to call all varieties of the game Aussie Rules?
    Very good point. It could become misleading but ultimately, it is unecessary IMO. One could say that maybe Womens footy should be called 'Australian Womens Rules Football' but that would be potentially controversial (these days anyway) or maybe "Australian Association Rules" as in 16 a side VFA but in the end, it's simply 'Australian Rules football that Women also play' and that's not a title. I don't think those subtle differences matter too much and who knows, as skill levels rise as new generations of young girls who have played structured competitive footy all their lives come through, the womens game may well evolve into a straight copy of the male version anyway. The season certainly has to get longer for a start......
    Last edited by stevoswan; 6th March 2018 at 09:58 PM.

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