Photo: Etihad Stadium at Docklands Stadium, home to ARL teams of Essendon, North Melbourne, St. Kilda and the Western Bulldogs
Rugby League, Rugby Union and Aussie Rules are as popular as ever in Australia, despite the growing interest in soccer. When people in Sydney mention ’footy’ they do not mean soccer as in Europe or grid iron as in the USA. When people in Sydney talk about ’footy’, they are talking about rugby.
On any open field after school hours, you will see tons of youngsters practicising or playing footy all around Australia (March to September) when they’re not playing cricket. With more than 2 million registered players for Rugby League alone, most of them young people, you can see there is no stopping them anytime soon.
Aussie Rules (Australian Football League) is the country’s premier sport, with 16 professional teams. Games are well attended by fans, with eighteen teams playing for championship in five states.
Melbourne is where the following is strongest, it is also popular in Sydney, the Sydney Cricket Ground is its home field. Whenever the two cities compete against each other, competition is at its fiercest.
More about the Australian Football League from the official site: www.afl.com.au
Both Rugby League and Rugby Union has the same roots. Rugby League and Rugby Union separated ways in the early 1900s.
When people in Sydney Rugby League is played in more than forty countries, with the Wallabies being its most famous team.
More about Rugby League and Rugby Uion from the official site: www.rugby.com.au.
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