An Australian Football match lasts about two hours and midfield players can run up to 20km a game. Some of this movement will be low intensity jogging and some will be explosive sprints. Players in most positions will also kick, handball or punch the ball, tackle and be tackled, and change direction quickly. Players require an extremely high level of physical fitness, and an understanding of their nutritional requirements and fluid intake while on the field. They also need to have the tactical skills to play in a range of positions. The Australian Institute of Sport/Australian Football League Academy supports scholarship holders in every aspect of their game development.
About AIS Australian Football
The AIS Australian Football program was set up in 1997 to provide high quality training and education to footballers at the elite junior level. Through a partnership with the Australian Football League (AFL), scholarship holders are part of the AIS/AFL Academy and are able to stay in their home State or Territory, training at Intensive Training Centres that are overseen by the AIS/AFL High Performance Coach. The program, which is administered from its headquarters at Telstra Dome in Melbourne, aims at preparing scholarship holders for drafting to senior AFL clubs.