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The football season in Australia takes place in March and last up to August. The actual finals take place in the month of September and October. In the tropics of Australia, football is played sometimes in October and ends in the month of March. In Southern Australia, competitions in the pre-season takes place in the latter part of February.
Different Football Organizations
The Australian Sports Commission recognizes the AFL as the National Sporting Organization for the actual football game in Australia. In Australia, there are 7 football organizations, which are based entirely on territory and state. The AFL owns or is affiliated with most of them. Additionally, most of these football organizations will usually hold club competitions each year. Other organizations will administer and run more than one football league. Semi-professional or amateur clubs and competitions work in affiliation with their organizations in their states. In the grand scheme of things, however, the AFL is the paramount ruling body for the Australian football.
The goal for almost every competition in the Australian football clubs, the goal is to win through the Premiership. A series of football final games decides the Premiership. Teams with the highest position – after a football season is played and there is a semi-knockout final series with a future Grand Final game establishes the premiers.
During the football series of the finals, there are about four to eight competing teams. The minor premier team finishes at the top after the regular football season ends. However, the only significance to this is that the team gets a better draw for the finals.
There are many amateur and suburban football leagues with enough teams to play in several football divisions. Depending on the outcome, some lower division premiers and some upper division premiers will end up in the final series at the end of the year. Neither of the upper level or state level football leagues have enough players to justify this kind of structure.
A Change to Handballs
In 1978, Australian football was very popular in every state, except Queensland and New South Wales. Soon, however, regular club competition within the state prompted a national league. The nature of the game changed drastically in 1980 because of new coaching techniques, getting rid of some of the kicking styles and using handballs instead. In 1982, the Sydney Swans, originally in South Melbourne relocated and made the game even more popular in that region.
More expansion continued in the AFL as more competition matches were scheduled and more players embraced the game. If you would like to learn more about the AFL or get your own AFL handball, click here.