With the hard hits, the big tackles and the spectacular marks and goals, why wouldn't you rate Aussie rules above any other sport? Not anyone can make it to the AFL, a man must have an all-round skillset while specialising in one aspect of the game to determine his position in an AFL squad.
He must have a big body, strong enough to endure the pain and challenges that come with being an AFL star. Anyone can kick a ball into a net or throw a ball in a hoop, but to kick a ball with a perfect spin and hit the target right on his chest takes pure skill.
Comparing Aussie rules with English football (soccer) shows how good Aussie rules actually is. The skills that soccer stars possess are minimal compared to the skillset of even the rookies of Aussie rules.
The AFL players need to condition their bodies to be able to withstand the huge collisions whereas the soccer players can’t even get back up on their feet after a little tap on their shoulder. Aussie rules is clearly a tougher sport and only the strongest and fittest make it far. With so many leagues for soccer all around the world, anyone with a beating heart could make it professionally.
The same goes for Basketball. There are over 10 leagues all around the world, but even the athletes of the NBA can’t compete with AFL athletes. Basketball may be the second greatest sport but it is still a long way from the Aussie rules football. No skill is really required, all that’s needed in the NBA is to be able to bounce a ball and throw it into a hoop.
Let’s compare that to the skill AFL players need to have.
An average midfielder in the AFL needs to be durable, fast, a quick thinker, evade tackles, take marks, put on tackles, spoil marks, kick to a man and hit him on the chest, and he must do all that while trying to stop the opposing midfielder from doing the same.
In some cases he may even be tagged, so to be able to break the tag takes real skill, strength and power. Now that’s only one position in the game, say the midfielder is put up forward, he still needs to be durable, fast and a quick thinker and on top of that he needs to be able to lead off of his man, take good strong marks, and kick some difficult goals.
That’s two of three positions, the third and arguably the hardest position to play is defender. The skillset of a defender doesn't have to be as polished as that of a midfielder or that of a forward. The defender needs to have quick thinking, being able to keep up with the man they’re guarding and must have quick reflexes to be guard the elite forwards, the defender needs to keep his fists clenched being able to spoil any kick and keep the ball out of the forward's hands
Aussie rules is the most difficult sport to get used to and if you don't start playing at a young age it may be very challenging to get into the AFL. The difficulty of the games and the strength needed to become a pro is what really makes Aussie rules the best sport.
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