Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, also called football, footy, or Aussie rules, is a fast paced, exciting and technical sport played between two teams of eighteen players, in Sweden it is normal to play 9, 12 or 14 a side. The main way to score points is by kicking the ball between the two tall goal posts. The team with the higher total score at the end of the match wins unless a draw is declared.
During general play, players may position themselves anywhere on the field and use any part of their bodies to move the ball. The primary methods are kicking, handballing and running with the ball. Throwing the ball is not allowed and players must not get caught holding the ball. A distinctive feature of the game is the mark, where players anywhere on the field who catch a ball from a kick without it bouncing are awarded possession. Possession of the ball is in dispute at all times except when a free kick or mark is paid.
Australian football is a contact sport in which players can tackle using their hands or use their whole body to obstruct opponents. Dangerous physical contact (such as pushing an opponent in the back), interference when marking and deliberately slowing the play are discouraged. Frequent physical contests, spectacular marking, fast movement of both players and the ball and high scoring are the game's main attributes.
Australian football has the highest spectator attendance of all sports in Australia. The sport is also played at amateur level in many countries such as UK, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and France.