FanFooty Tutorial: Teams
Differences Between AFL Teams and FanFooty TeamsFor those of you new to the game, here's a short summary of the composition of an Aussie Rules side. Teams are made up of 24 players, of which 6 have to stay on the sidelines as interchange players, or "on the bench" as the saying goes. However, those 6 players can be substituted on or off for other players as many times as the coach wants. For the 18 players named on the ground, there are six groups of three players: the full back line (full back and two back pockets), the half back line (a centre half back and two half back flanks), the centre line (a centreman and two wingmen), the half forward line (a centre half forward and two half forward flanks), the full forward line (a full forward and two forward pockets), and finally the followers (a ruckman, a ruck-rover and a rover).
All but the last group have designated areas on the ground that they start at depending on how attacking they are supposed to be, although the position the players are named at is not a strict reflection of the wide variety of roles in the free-flowing modern game of Aussie Rules. The followers are supposed to be the only ones who move around the field chasing the ball, but in reality as many as 10 players from either side will be around the ball at any one moment, especially when there is a "stoppage" (i.e. a boundary throw-in or a ball up).
Now that's quite a mouthful! For the purposes of FanFooty's system, we have simplified the individual positions into backs, midfielders, forwards and ruckmen. We also have a special position called "defence", of which there is one per AFL team, which represents the overall defensive effort of the team (i.e. how many goals they allow to be scored against them in a game). Here is a quick reference table displaying the correspondence of FanFooty positions to real AFL positions:
The allowed numbers of the various positions are listed in the box on the right.