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From the Past: Origins of the Umpire Part 1
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Where is the Umpire?

by Keith Campbell, exclusive for AFANA

In other football sports the Referees with the sin bin and send-off rule have much greater authority than the umpires in our game and their laws are not so open to interpretation.  It all began in the Melbourne Football Club rule set [1] laid down in the first season in May 1859 which listed 10 rules. There was no mention of an umpire to control the actual game.  Obviously the Captains were required to do the job. Was this planned or an oversight?   This situation was partially resolved 12 months later in May 1860, when more rule revisions [2] were introduced and Rule 11 was added, and the term "Umpire" was used for the first time in official rules: 

Footy FAQ: History of the Finals Format
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Footy FAQ: Footy Words You Need To Know
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10. Footy FAQ: Footy Words You Need to Know

This is a "dictionary" of terms common in Australian football.  While there is a some general Aussie slang here, our emphasis is on footy.  For general references to Aussie slang see these sources:  http://www.australiatravelsearch.com.au/trc/slang.html and http://www.australianslang.org/

A/C: acromio-clavicular joint, the shoulder joint; severe injury to the A/C joint can sometimes require a reconstruction and sideline a player for the season

ACL: anterior cruciate ligament. One of several ligaments which support the knee and connect the knee joint to the other leg muscles. A ruptured ACL requires a knee reconstruction and will sideline a player for 12 months, However, some players have opted for the LARS procedure (Ligament Advanced Reinforcement System) which uses artificial material to replace the damaged tissue instead of a graft. It has been used for the last 4-5 years and players have returned to play in 4-6 months. It has been used in Europe for over 20 years but only came to prominence in AFL when Sydney's Nick Malceski was the first player to undergo the procedure in 2008

From The Past: Origins Of The No-Offside Rule
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NO OFF-SIDE RULE - DID IT MATTER?

By Keith Campbell,  special to AFANA.com

A notable absentee from the original 10 rule MFC set of May 1859 is the English football off-side rule.  Various football historians have written historical and sociological accounts of the reasons why it was not included.

Television Coverage Q & A
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Here are some answers to questions and comments we get frequently here at AFANA.   (9/2015: This page is no longer maintained. It is obsolete. Go here for information.)

If you have a question please let us know by contacting us and if your question seems relevant to others, we may add it here.
  This information in this FAQ has not been fully updated in a long time.  Some old questions are kept for reference purposes. 

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1.  I can't find the network or the times Aussie Rules is on the TV!

2.  We got no warning that footy was leaving Fox!

3.  Will Setanta show more than one live game per week?

4.  There are too many commercials on Setanta and all they do is promote their own programs.  They should show interviews and other halftime coverage, too.
 

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  • Footy FAQ - Information on the rules, how the game is played, and where, when, and who plays it.    Learn all about  "footy" aka "Aussie rules" football.

From The Past: Origins Of The Laws of Australian Football
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By Keith Campbell,  special to AFANA.com

This will be the first in an occasional series of brief articles covering the origins of the rules and later the laws of our great game of Australian rules football.  Before we get into the rules and laws it is timely to remind all of the fans of our sport about one person often overlooked in discussions about our own favorite football code. That Footballer and Cricketer person is of course:

Thomas Wentworth Wills (1835 to 1880.)

Footy FAQ: Miscellaneous / Trivia
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Footy FAQ: Significant Players in the AFL
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7. Significant Players in the AFL

The high-scoring nature of Aussie Rules means that forwards, and especially full forwards, tend to be the more glamorous positions on a team. Spectacular players who take high/exciting marks, or who kick lots of goals or get a lot of possessions of the ball, are the most widely known players.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't others in any given team who are just as flashy or equally skilled. Pace midfielders with skills to burn are just as exciting to watch as they tear through the opposition lines.

Then are the defenders, most of whom go about their business with a minimum of fuss but are as just as important as the goalkickers. And let's not forget the tall ruckmen who seem to get taller, more skilled and mobile at ground level, and can be pretty handy in front of goal.

Also see Ricky Nixon's Club 10 at the end of this page.

Space doesn't allow for an exhaustive list of stars, but players to pay attention to include:

Footy FAQ: Major Awards
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6. Major Awards

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