There are various types of ‘’football’’ played in Victoria.
There is one NRL team, two soccer teams and 10 AFL teams based in Victoria
The best known teams have the word “Melbourne”” in them. You see, Melbourne is one of the world’s most liveable cities because it is magnificent one day and marvellous the next.
So we have:
AFL – the MELBOURNE
The Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Demons, is
a professional Australian rules football club, playing in the Australian
Football League (AFL). It is named after and based in the city of Melbourne,
Victoria, and plays its home games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Melbourne is the world’s oldest professional club
of any football code. The club’s origins can be traced to an 1858 letter in
which Tom Wills, captain of the Victoria cricket team, calls for the formation
of a “foot-ball club” with its own “code of laws”. An informal
Melbourne team played that winter and was officially formed in May 1859 when
Wills and three other members codified “The Rules of the Melbourne
Football Club”—the basis of Australian Rules football. The club was a
dominant force in the earliest Australian Rules football competition, the
Challenge Cup, and was also a foundation member of the Victorian Football
Association (VFA) in 1877 and the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 1896,
which later became the national Australian Football League. Melbourne has won
12 VFL/AFL premierships, the latest in 1964.
The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008
by naming “150 Heroes” as well as creating a birthday logo which
appeared on its official guernsey.
NRL – the MELBOURNE
The Melbourne Storm is a rugby league team based in
Melbourne, Victoria in Australia that participates in the National Rugby
League. The first fully professional rugby league team based in the state, the
Storm entered the competition in 1998. The club play their home games at AAMI
Park. The Storm has won three premierships since their inception, in 1999, 2012
SOCCER – MELBOURNE
CITY and MELBOURNE VICTORY
Melbourne City Football Club is an Australian professional
soccer club based in the northern Melbourne suburb of Bundoora, Victoria. It
competes in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under licence from
Football Federation Australia.
Founded in 2009 as Melbourne Heart, the club competed under
that name from its inaugural 2010–11 season until it was acquired and
subsequently rebranded in mid-2014 by the City Football Group, in partnership
with Holding M.S. Australia. In August 2015, City Football Group bought out the
Holding M.S. Australia consortium to acquire 100% ownership of the club.
The club is run from the City Football Academy, a facility
based at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. The club plays home matches at
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, commercially known as AAMI Park, a 30,050 seat
multi-use venue in Melbourne’s City Centre.
Melbourne Victory Football Club is an Australian
professional soccer club based in city centre of Melbourne, Victoria. Competing
in the country’s premier competition, the A-League, under licence from Football
Federation Australia, Victory entered the competition in the inaugural season
as the only Victorian-based club in the newly revamped domestic Australian
Recognised as the most supported and currently the most
successful club in the league to date, Victory has won four A-League
Championships, three A-League Premierships, one Pre-Season Challenge Cup and
one FFA Cup, the only club to have won all four domestic trophies in the modern
era of Australian soccer.
Although Victory is supported across the whole Melbourne
metropolitan area, as well as regional cities in the state, it is based
primarily in the city centre. The club’s home ground is the Melbourne
Rectangular Stadium, playing a majority of home matches at the venue, with the
larger Docklands Stadium utilised for matches such as derbies and finals. As
well as this, the club has an agreement to play a single match at Kardinia Park
in Geelong every season.
RUGBY UNION – the
The Melbourne Rebels (formerly known as the Rabo Direct
Melbourne Rebels for sponsorship reasons) are a professional rugby union team
based in Melbourne. They made their debut in SANZAR’s Super Rugby tournament in
2011. They were the first privately owned professional rugby union team in
Australia, until 2017 when shares in the franchise were returned to the
Victorian Rugby Union. The club shares its name with a former Australian Rugby
Championship team, but is unrelated.
An explanation of ‘’football’’.
While calling the world’s most popular sport “soccer” is typically
depicted as a symbol of ignorance, the reason Americans and Australians don’t
call it “football” like the rest of the world is actually Britain’s fault.
The word “soccer” is a British invention that British people
only stopped using about 30 years ago, according to a new
paper by University of Michigan professor Stefan Szymanski.
The word “soccer” comes from the use of the term “association
football” in Britain, and it goes back 200 years.
In the early-1800s a bunch of British universities took
“football” — a medieval game — and started playing their own versions of it,
all under different rules. To standardized things across the country, these
games were categorized under different organisations with different names.
One variant of the game you played with your hands became “rugby
football.” Another variant came to be known as “association football” after the
Football Association formed to promote the game in 1863, 15 years after the
rules were made at Cambridge.
“Rugby football” became “ruggle” for short. “Association
football” became “soccer.”
After these two sports spread across the Atlantic, Americans and
Australians invented their own variant of the game that they simply called
“football” in the early 1900s.
“Association football” became “soccer” in America, and what was
called “gridiron” in Britain (and Australia) became simply “football” in
“Football” in Australia generally refers to Australian Rules football.
The interesting thing here is that Brits still used “soccer”
regularly for a huge chunk of the 20th century.
Between 1960 and 1980, “soccer” and “football” were “almost
interchangeable” in Britain, Szymanski found.
Then everything changed (via
“Since 1980 the usage of the word ‘soccer’ has declined in
British publications, and where it is used, it usually refers to an American
context. This decline seems to be a reaction against the increased usage in the
US which seems to be associated with the highpoint of the NASL around 1980.”
British people stopped saying “soccer” because of its American
So no, it’s not wrong to call it “soccer” if you’re American. Or