My thoughts on AFL. Wanted to comment on this since I live in an AFL focused state. Background, I moved from NZ to Perth in '09, I met my wife to be when we were both in Europe travelling. She was a die hard West Coast Eagles fan, but I have pretty much converted her to Rugby League, she finds AFL soft and boring now haha. I have tried to get into AFL but as some have mentioned above find the game sloppy, untidy, seagulls fighting over a chip and yes I have never understood why you get a point for missing. Their athletic capability is second to none but skill set not so much. The number of players who can't kick off both feet is staggering. It's a very over analysed game and people get excited by the smallest things. Channels 7, 9 and 10 push it down your throats every night here, one of the reasons I refuse to watch them. Even channel 9 here shows bugger all coverage of league despite their deal. Still have live games here on TV though. The West Australian newspaper is just as bad, only time RL gets a mention is if there is a scandal. I'm going off track here but just wanted to explain what RL fans are up against here in the West. I agree with others who have said RL is a better product but is behind AFL, and that comes down to grassroots level. I believe one of the reasons for Aussie Rules growth is that parents don't want their kids playing RL because it is too rough etc. AFL have done a good job in growing the game at grassroots, no fees, seeing an increase in playing numbers in once RL, union, football (soccer) areas.