The Rules of International Rules Football – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the Rules of International Rules
Football The object of the game is for your team to
score more points than the opposing team. ‘International Rules Football’, sometimes
referred to as ‘Compromise Rules Football’ – is a hybrid sport that combines Gaelic
Football from Ireland, and Aussie Rules Football from Australia. Both sports are played similarly and it might
be helpful to watch my videos on both games – the links are down below. International Rules Football is played with
two teams of 15 players each, on a rectangular field that’s generally a maximum of 145m
x 85m. The ball is a round ball just like in Gaelic
Football. The goals are 6.5m wide and the crossbar is
2.5 m above the ground just like in Gaelic Football, with the addition of wide posts
just like in Aussie Rules Football. If a player successfully kicks the ball under
the crossbar into the net, this is a ‘goal’ and is worth 6 points. If a player kicks or deflects the ball over
the crossbar, but between the goalposts, this is an ‘over’ and this scores 3 points. If a player kicks or deflects the ball between
a long goal post and a short behind post, this is a ‘behind’ and this scores 1 point. The game is played in 4 x 18 minute quarters
for a combined playing time of 72 minutes. Highest score at the end of time, wins. Surely it’s not that simple? Well, the basic concept of the game is simple
enough, but moving the ball around the field is the most difficult part to understand. You can move the ball by
Kicking it out of your hands, kicking it along the ground. And running with the ball, so long as it’s
no more than six steps, or roughly 10 metres. If after 10m you want to keep the ball, you
must bounce the ball on the ground to be eligible to take another 6 steps. You are only allowed to bounce the ball twice
before disposing or getting rid of the ball. You can also choose to move the ball by tapping
it off your foot, known as soloing, just like in Gaelic Football. And you can do this as many times as you like. A player can catch the ball with his hands
in the air. A player can hand pass to a teammate, however,
a team cannot hand pass on 4 successive occasions. If you kick the ball in the air 15 metres
or more, and a teammate catches it without the ball bouncing on the ground, this is known
as a ‘mark’ or ‘marking the ball’. The player is then awarded a free kick from
that spot. Got it so far? Good, because there’s more. There are 15 members of the opposing team
who are trying to take the ball away from you so that they can score themselves. They are allowed to make contact with any
opponent so long as they have the ball, or if no-one has possession, make contact with
any opponent within a 5m radius of the ball. They are also allowed to use their hands to
block shots, or to knock the ball out of your grasp. Just like in Australian Rules Football, you
are allowed to tackle the ball carrier. This is where you grab the ball carrier under
the shoulders and above the waist and pull them to the ground. If they do tackle you and you had a chance
to get rid of the ball, this results in a free kick to the tackling team. That’s a lot to take in, but there’s a
few other things you’ll need to know before playing or going to a game. For example:
Free Kick A free kick is a restart in play, usually
after a player has broken one of the rules, or after tackle. If a foul or tackle occurs, a free kick is
awarded at that spot. When taking a free kick, the player can kick
the ball from his hands, or from the ground. Order off
For serious offences, a player can be sent off with a yellow card, but a substitute may
replace him. Or a Red Card where you are sent off the pitch
without a substitute replacement. 20m Penalty. If a team has had a free kick awarded against
them, depending on the severity, the referee may also add a 20m penalty to it. This is where the non-offending team can take
their free kick 20m closer to the goal. Penalty Kick
A free kick offence in the goalkeeper box, may result in a penalty kick. The ball is placed on the ground at the 13
m line and only the goalkeeper can guard the net. Just like in soccer, it’s one kick only,
and any goals scored count towards the overall score. Interchange
A team is allowed to substitute a certain number of players per period. To do this, they must swap players in the
designated interchange area. Free Kick or Mark after the Siren
Similar to Aussie Rules Football, if a free kick or mark has been awarded but the time
runs out, the game doesn’t end there. You are allowed to take the kick. This means that games can be won (or lost)
with no time left on the clock. Remember to watch my videos on Gaelic Football
and Aussie Rules Football to get a solid grounding of the rules. But if you have found this video at all helpful,
please like, share and subscribe. It takes me ages to make one of these videos
and good karma is very much appreciated. But in the meantime, enjoy International Rules
Football. Ninh Ly – www.ninh.co.uk – @NinhLyUK

58 thoughts on “The Rules of International Rules Football – EXPLAINED!

  1. Ninh explains – The Rules of International Rules Football – a hybrid game that combines the rules of Gaelic Football from Ireland and Australian Rules Football from Australia. Not sure why people requested this one, as it’s largely an exhibition match that’s played once every two years between the Irish and the Aussies.

    But meh – hope you guys enjoy it all the same.
    Be sure to like, share and subscribe 🙂

  2. Hey can you do one on Shinty, and Shinty/hurling international rules plox? I'm a really big shinty fan and the shinty/hurling international is one of the best sporting events in the world imo, just because of how varied the playstyle is between the two teams. Also this year's one happens at the end of October so there'll be lots of HD footage of the event on BBC iPlayer to cite 🙂

  3. Just bare with me Ninh. I know I request quite a bit, but would you be willing to throw inline hockey into your list of "sports to do"?

  4. It must be Saturday!
    Ninh, thanks a bunch for your sport videos. They’re great. I look forward to them. 🙂
    I wonder what is next week?

  5. I'm not quite sure about the Mark part. When it's caught, does the one who caught it get the kick, or does it go to the opposing team?

  6. This would be awesome as its own sport! Someone should start some kind of International Rules league. It has the best aspects of both sports!

  7. It's videos like this that made me really appreciate this channel from the very first time I discovered it. A quick, fun, and educational explanation of an obscure sport that makes me appreciate the sports found around the world. Thanks for all that you do, Ninh.

  8. Given that outside Australia there aren't too many stadiums with a playing field large enough for Aussie Rules (Vancouver's BC Place and Montreal's Olympic Stadium being the only ones in Canada) I think International Rules has a better chance of making a breakthrough.

  9. Im an Aussie and I love this hybrid sport,more free flowing than Aussie Rules without the boundary throw ins and ball ups.Also no bounce in the middle after a goal,tackling and high marking from the Aussie game,it is also called International Rules so not bound by country.

  10. Thank you for posting this – very timely!
    I would love to see Australian Rules become more prevalent internationally, but I wonder if this game would have more global appeal. At least it includes marking and tackling.
    My suggestion for an upcoming video would be AFLX.
    I very much enjoy your videos.

  11. Gaelic football is cool, Footie is even better, this version I feel, kills the spirit of both because of the compromise.

  12. Oh so many sports with the name football.
    American football , Australian football , gaelic, international rules football , canada football , Association football etc Why do all these have this name football I wonder ?

  13. Ninh other than cricket which is the sport that is of the long duration? since you know a lot of sports I would like to ask this.

  14. Let me guess, the finals of EVERY world cup finals is austealia vs ireland. Like cleveland vs Goldenstate in NBA

  15. Just so everyone knows, this is a game between Australian professionals and Irish amateurs. All the Irish players have normal jobs and normal lives

  16. I prefer "Association Football" or "soccer" for americans called as International Football… Because it only use foot… Not use any hands except for goal keeper and when throw in…

    And its the most popular type of football and sport around the world…

  17. So it’s merge of Gaelic Football which is merge of soccer/football and rugby(?) and Aussie Rules Football which is merge of american football and rugby.

    Wait what?

  18. I don't like rules that you can only walk 6 steps holding the ball, can only hand pass 4 times in row and can only triple it twice. Someone has to count that and as a freetime sport this would suck really hard. At least it seems to me like that.

  19. It would be cool to see the AFL and All-Ireland football champions play each other. ex: 2018 would be West Coast Eagles vs Dublin

  20. is there a whole league of irish and australian people travelling to faraway continents to play each other?

  21. soccer is not true football, aussie rules, american football, and rugby, even international rules are true football games as you can only score a goal by by kicking the ball, soccer goals can be scored with any part of the body except the arms, soccer could be called head ball, leg ball, bum ball, back ball, groin ball, all legit methods of scoring a goal.
    In gaelic a goal is by foot, or fist.
    Im irish, and i find international rules very entertaining, the early games were very physical, and at times violent, but the codes have mostly stopped that

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