Samoa rules is a game derived from Australian rules football and rugby union that is occasionally played in Samoa.
Generally the rules are taken from Australian rules, but each team consists of 15 players, like rugby union.
Unlike Australian rules football, player movement is restricted to zones (similarly to rec footy). There is a line across the centre that backs and forwards can not cross. Onballers are allowed to go anywhere. Forwards can only operate in their attacking half, the backs in their defensive half.Like Gaelic football, players are permitted to bounce the ball only once while running, in order to encourage kicking.
The game is played on rugby union fields, sometimes a single one, or two side by side.This means the pitch is rectangular, rather than oval, like an Australian football field.
The Vailima Six-Shooters' Championship began in Samoa in 1998 under these rules, becoming known as Samoa rules. A number of Samoa rules players went on to represent Samoa in the Samoan national Australian rules football team.
Rugby is a collective name for the team sports of rugby league and rugby union, as well as the earlier forms of football from which both games evolved. Canadian football, and to a lesser extent American football were also broadly considered forms of rugby football but are seldom now referred to as such.
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A comparison of American football and rugby union is possible because of the games' shared origins, despite their dissimilarities.
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The team sports rugby league and rugby union have shared origins and thus many similarities.
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Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football normally means the form of football that is the most popular where the word is used. Sports commonly called football include association football ; gridiron football ; Australian rules football; rugby football ; and Gaelic football. These various forms of football are known as football codes.
A comparison of Canadian football and rugby union is possible because of the games' shared origins, despite their dissimilarities.
In rugby league football, the Laws of the Game are the rules governing how the sport is played. The Laws are the responsibility of the Rugby League International Federation, and cover the play, officiating, equipment and procedures of the game.
A comparison of Gaelic football and rugby union is possible because of certain similarities between the codes, as well as the numerous dissimilarities.