Glossary Of Terms


deliberate out of bounds
a rule which results in a free kick
The official rulebook states:
A Free Kick shall be awarded against a Player who intentionally Kicks, Handballs or forces the football over the Boundary Line without the football being touched by another Player
The Laws of Australian Football 2016
The rule has existed more or less unchanged, with the exception of the period from 1925 until 1938 when a free kick was paid against the last player to touch the ball, whether deliberate or not.
The rule has a long history in Aussie rules footy, dating back to the 19th century. Prior to the 1883 season, a rule was introduced to award a free kick against a player who deliberately kicked the ball out of bounds from a kick-in after a behind.
The rule at this time read almost identically to its present form, stating that a free kick shall be given when a player wilfully kicks or forces the ball out of bounds while in play.
The rules were introduced largely to put an end to the disliked strategy of kicking the ball out of bounds as a means of timewasting.
Although the rule has been largely unchanged, the strictness of its application has varied over time.
A specific directive to apply the rule more strictly was introduced for the 2016 AFL season in an attempt to reduce the number of boundary throw-ins.
drop kick
1 a kick made by dropping the ball and kicking it as it bounces
Once the preferred method of conveying the ball over long distances, it has been superseded by the drop punt as a more accurate means of delivering the ball to a fellow player.
2 an unpleasant , contemptible person
He's a real drop-kick. rhyming slang: drop-kick and punt for cunt
drop punt
a kick made by dropping the ball and kicking it before it hits the ground
The ball is held vertically, and dropped and kicked before it hits the ground, resulting in the ball spinning backwards end over end.
It is the primary method of disposing the ball by foot.
It is considered more accurate and easier to mark than a regular punt kick, which is held flat and does not spin in the air. Jack Dyer, aka Captain Blood, is generally credited with inventing the drop punt during his playing days with the Richmond Football Club.
referring to a player deceiving the opposition to gain an advantage
It is used to evade a tackler by feigning a movement, then changing direction suddenly to escape the opponent who has been fooled by the move, believing he is going to pass, shoot, or move in a certain direction, instead doing something entirely different.

Glossary of Terms

Australian rules football has developed a unique and rich terminology. This list is an alphabetical glossary of terms, jargon and slang.

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