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What's ‘footy’? What you need to know about Australian sporting culture

What's footy and why do Australians love cricket? All you need to know about Australian sport. Source: Getty Images/Cameron Spencer

One of the first things you'll notice after arriving in Australia is how passionate Aussies are about taking part in or watching sport. Regardless of the season or the state you reside in, a sport that suits your preferences is always easily accessible.

The media plays an important role in the Australian sports scene, with many sporting events broadcast on radio and television free of charge. Many TV shows, radio programs and magazines are devoted solely to sports.

As a country, Australia competes in many international events, including the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. The country has also hosted the Summer Olympics once in Melbourne (1956) and once in Sydney (2000), in addition to the Commonwealth Games on five other occasions.

In this episode of Australia Explained we talk about a few of the most popular sports in the country, Australian Football, Rugby League, cricket and tennis, and explain some of the rules of each.

We talk to Robbie Gaspar, Australian soccer player who also played for several reputable teams in Indonesia's football league, along with Matthew Hasjim, Australian sport enthusiast who plays some himself. What do they have to say about sport culture in Australia?

Listen to the episode here:

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Australia Explained was originally created by Maram Ismail for SBS Arabic24. 


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