Terms in Aussie Rules Football

glossary of terms

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


advantage paid
an umpiring decision
In which play continues after an infringement.
20.2 The Advantage Rule
A field Umpire will call and signal ‘Advantage’ where a Team offended against demonstrates an intent to continue with play within a reasonable time.
The umpire may allow play to continue if a player of the team who receives the free kick has played on, taking advantage of the situation.
aerial ping-pong
australian rules football
national rugby league slang
australian football league
The organisation which replaced the Victorian Football League in 1990 and which regulates the national Aussie Rules football competition.
The acronym AFL is an alternative name for the sport when distinguishing it from other football codes, particularly in Qld and NSW.
after the siren
a set shot for goal
If a player takes a mark or is awarded a free kick shortly before the siren sounds to end a quarter, the player is allowed to take the kick after the siren.
Often, the result of this kick is of little consequence, but if the player is within range of goal, any score will count towards the final result.
aussie rules
the national football code
image The leading footy game in the country, also shortened to rules.
The game originated in Australia, inspired by English public school games and an Aboriginal football game called marngrook.
It was first codified in 1859 by Tom Wills, making it the oldest of the world's major football codes.
have a go
imagebarrackers cry of encouragement.