listen here mate- AFL requires endurance. Whereas the NFL may have better stats in those, i highly doubt NFL players would be able to cover 15-16 kms a game. Would NFL players be able to run around at that speed for 120+ minutes? Would their fitness, etc. carry on? Besides, you guys have africans who are amazingly athletic naturally. It just comes to africans. sorry if i sound racist, but everybody knows its the truth.
In the AFL sprint speed doesnt count for too much. You can have 3 or 4 pacy midfielders, thats all a successful AFL team needs. Strength has a bigger impact, but most of it is to do with agility. AFL is all about the agility to somehow get in front of your opponent to stop him/her taking that mark or getting that pass away. 10.3 over 100 metres? I'm pretty sure Andrew McLeod, just 3-4 years ago could beat that. This is a 33 year old man we're talking about. And like the above answers said, pretty much anyone in our league could slaughter anyone from your league over long distance, like 1 km or even 1.6km.
As for strength, bench presses only measure upper body strength, which isnt that important in our game, so its not worked on too much. Leg strength is where it counts, again. AFL players have far greater stamina than NFL players. NFL fields are only 109.7 metres by 48.8 metres. The smallest afl field in australia is still several times larger than that. The sydney cricket ground is the smallest AFL stadium in the country. It is 160 metres by 139 metres. Some of the largest are up to 170 m long.
Longest kick in the NFL- 98 yards/89 metres
There's generally 4-5 kicks longer than that per season.
Longest kick in the AFL- 94.48 metres
Largest ever crowd for an AFL match- 121,696, from a population of just 12.26 million. That means 1 in 100 people in the country turned up for that game in 1970.
footy is free flowing and doesn't stop every 2 minutes just for ads, American Football is boring, have you ever watched a game of rugby or Aussie footy? Aussie rules is superior, watch it, you will see.
They don't stop for 10 years to yell, "78 684046 HUT" or whatever. And for tactics: our coaches tell the players what to do during the breaks. We also have runners that tell players specific strategies at any minute. Why the NFL refers to "football" is beyond me. It's Handball. End of story.
fatal injuries??? i watched 10 minutes (i got bored) of the superbowl 43 coz ben graham who used to play AFL was in it for the cardinals and there wasn't any injuries and big hits or anything likely to cause an injury, seriously no injuries, they are still too scared even with padding on.
Aussie rules is 151 years old
american football is only 40 odd years old
older the better.
to use an english expression:
Shove off! the AFL is gonna put the skitters in your Alan Whickers, you Plonker!
You're all fur coat and no Trousers, you are
· 10 years ago