In­ter­na­tional Rules

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In­ter­na­tional Rules Football is a hy­brid sport in­vented so that Aus­tralian football play­ers (Aussie Rules) can play games against Ir­ish football play­ers (Gaelic football). There are no reg­u­lar club games or leagues, just one-off games or tour­na­ments. The rules are a com­pro­mise be­tween the two football codes. A round ball as used in Gaelic football is used com­pared to the oval AFL ball. The games are played on a rec­tan­gu­lar (Gaelic football) field, rather than the oval of AFL. The Aussies get to tackle, but only be­tween the shoul­ders and thighs, which is oth­er­wise banned in Gaelic football. The goals are two large posts and two small posts, as in Aus­tralian rules, though a cross­bar and goal net is in­cor­po­rated as in Gaelic football. Pass­ing the ball in the goal net scores six points, over the cross­bar three points and be­tween a large post and a small post one point.

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