Rugby league facts for kids
An attacking player attempts to evade two defenders
|Highest governing body||Rugby League International Federation|
|Nicknames||League, RL, Rugby XIII (used throughout Europe) League, footy, football (used throughout the Oceania regions)|
|First played||7 September 1895, Yorkshire Northern England. (Post schism)|
|Type||Team sport, Outdoor|
|Equipment||Rugby League ball|
|Venue||Rugby league playing field|
Rugby League is a ball sport. Two teams of thirteen players play against each other. The ball used is oval in shape. The field is a rectangle shape. It is 100 metres long and 70 metres wide. It is played for 80 minutes (40 minutes aside).
A try is scored when a player scores or touches the ball down in the in-goal area. A try is worth 4 points and if its converted (the goal kicker kicks the ball in between the top of the goal post), the team gets an extra 2 points. Another method of scoring points is through drop goals which are worth 1 point, or penalty goals which are worth 2 points.
Rugby league is played in over 30 countries in the world. The countries that play it the most are Australia, England, Ireland and New Zealand. The Rugby League World Cup has been played by Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, France, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Scotland, United States, Italy, Cook Islands, Lebanon, Russia and South Africa. The current world champions are New Zealand, who won the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Before this, Australia had won every World Cup since 1975.
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