Rugby Union Sevens is certified by the International Rugby Board which known as IRB.
Rugby Union Seven is played under substantially the same rules and on a field of the same dimensions as the 15-player game. A normal rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes and in the vicinity of 14 minutes (allowing for injury time and so forth). Competition finals last somewhat more than 20 minutes; each half in a competition final is 10 minutes instead of the normal 7 minutes. Due to which rugby tournaments to be completed in a day or a weekend. Sevens scores are comparable to union scores; scoring occurs with much greater regularity in sevens, owing to the fact that the defenders are more spaced out than in rugby union.
* Australia — Gridiron Australia is the overall governing body for American football in Australia. The country is actually divided into state-level leagues instead of one national-level league by itself: ACT Gridiron (Australian Capital Territory), Gridiron NSW (New South Wales), Gridiron Queensland (Queensland), South Australian Gridiron Association (South Australia), Gridiron Victoria (Victoria), and Gridiron West (Western Australia).
* Belgium — The Belgian Football League fields 16 teams. The finalists from the playoffs determine the champion during the Belgian Bowl.
* Brazil — The Brazilian American Football League has 14 teams partitioned into north and south conferences.
* Finland — The Vaahteraliiga or the Maple League has eight teams. The league’s name comes from the name of the championship trophy Vaahteramalja (“Maple Bowl”), which was donated to the newly formed association by the embassy of Canada in Finland.
* Germany — The German Football League has 12 teams partitioned into north and south conferences. The finalists from the playoffs determine the German champion during the German Bowl.
* Hungary — 18 registered teams participate in the MAFL’s two-division league structure. The sport has grown significantly since 2004 and with some top Division I teams participating in the CEFL.
* India — The Elite Football League of India (EFLI) is a proposed professional league in India. When play begins in late 2012, there will be eight teams, representing various cities across India with populations of one million or more. The ELFI will be India’s first professional American football league, and its launch is backed by the Government of India and the Sports Authority of India. All of the first season’s games will be held in Pune at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex.
* Ireland — The Irish American Football League consists of 14 teams. Its championship game is the Shamrock Bowl.
* Israel — Games are governed by the Israeli Football League.
* Italy — The Italian Football League was founded in 2008, taking over previous league (National Football League Italy). It has 9 teams for the 2010 season.
* Japan — The X-League is a professional league with 60 teams in four divisions, using promotion and relegation. After the post-season playoffs, the X-League champion is determined in the Japan X Bowl. There are also over 200 universities fielding teams, with the national collegiate championship determined by the Koshien Bowl. The professional and collegiate champions then face each other in the Rice Bowl to determine the national champion.
* Mexico — The ONEFA is a college league with 26 teams in 3 conferences.
* New Zealand — American Football Wellington comprises five teams located in the Wellington area.
* Norway — A rising number of teams (11 in 2010) compete in a two division league structure (division I which determines a national champion by a postseason playoff, and division 2 where newer and smaller teams are allowed to mature). Two teams (Oslo Vikings and Eidsvoll 1814s) regularly compete in either the European Football League or the EFAF Cup. Eidsvoll was the runner-up in EFAF Cup 2006.
* Poland — Games are governed by the Polish American Football League.
* Serbia — Teams in the Nacionalna Liga Srbije compete in the Serbian Bowl.
* Spain — The LNFA was founded in 1995, and currently consists of 15 clubs.
* United Kingdom — 70 amateur teams play in the BAFA Community Leagues (BAFACL) across a number of age ranges. The senior (adult) league has three levels: the Premiership, comprising six teams; Division 1, comprising 18 teams split across three regional conferences; and Division 2, comprising 23 teams split across four regional conferences. While the lower level teams have their own championship games during BritBowl Weekend, only Premier Division teams face each other in the BritBowl which is held in Worcester’s Sixways Stadium. Unlike the NFL, the BAFACL season is played through the summer (April to September), with the British university season spanning the autumn and winter.
American football is a sport played between two teams of eleven with the objective of scoring points by advancing the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. Known in the United States simply as football, it may also be referred to informally as gridiron football. We do call it as Rugby in other nations.
American football is played on a field 360 by 160 feet. The longer boundary lines are sidelines, while the shorter boundary lines are end lines. Sidelines and end lines are out of bounds. Near each end of the field is a goal line; they are 100 yards (91.4 m) apart. A scoring area called an end zone extends 10 yards (9.1 m) beyond each goal line to each end line.
Each team has 11 players on the field at a time. Usually there are many more players off the field. However, teams may substitute for any or all of their players during the breaks between plays. As a result, players have very specialized roles and are divided into three separate units: the offense, the defense and the special teams.
A standard football game consists of four 15-minute quarters (12-minute quarters in high-school football and often shorter at lower levels), with a half-time intermission after the second quarter. Depending upon the level of competition, the duration of the half-time ranges from 10 to 20 minutes. At all levels, a down (play) that begins before time expires is allowed to continue until its completion, even after the clock reaches zero.
Rugby Union Sevens has gained quiet good momentum worldwide. They now have a successful international circuit and Sevens will be at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Whilst it will be a long time before Rugby League Nine’s will be considered for the Olympics, we can learn from Rugby Union and incorporate a worldwide Rugby League Nine’s circuit. It is a great way to promote the game amongst developing nations, and the modified rules even the playing field to a certain extent. Logistically it will be nothing like the Rugby Union version, we don’t have the money or resources, but it can be done in a different way, on a smaller scale.
At the moment there are a few popular Rugby League Nine’s tournaments. These tournaments involve both national and club sides. This is great, I’m not against this. However, we should promote a few tournaments to exclusively involve national teams. We could have 8 tournaments for example, spread across many regions. An example tour could be:
* Pacific: Australian Nine’s, New Zealand Nine’s
* UK: England Nine’s, Welsh Nine’s
* Europe: French Nine’s, Italian Nine’s
* Americas: USA Nine’s, Canadian Nine’s
This gives the circuit an international flavour, again, as it is spread across many regions. Now it wouldn’t be reasonable to expect every team to make an appearance at each event, at the moment we are under-funded and under-resourced. That is why I feel it would be best to implement a points system to decide the World Champions of Rugby League Nine’s. The system could work something like this:
* 5 points for appearing at a tournament
* 2 points for a loss
* 5 points for a win
* 5 points for finals appearance
* 10 points for winning a tournament
This awards teams for making the trip out to a tournament, and awards the best teams on the field at the tournaments. It isn’t the best system, after all I’m not a Rugby League administrator, hopefully they’d be able to figure out something better, same goes for the locations on the circuit. This is just for example purposes, and I hope it demonstrates the potential for an international Rugby League Nine’s circuit.
If we look at the success of Rugby Union Sevens it seems logical that we should promote our version, Rugby League Nine’s. A true international Rugby League Nine’s circuit would do this, crowning a new Rugby League Nine’s World Champion every year. Logistically it isn’t simple, but nothing really is, however the positives of such a circuit would outweigh any issues. This is a concept that could get off the ground and in time tournaments could become extremely popular events in the individual nations. All it takes is some consistency, get it off the ground and give it time to flourish, host tournaments in the same cities, and the same countries every year, and when it’s time to expand ask national bodies to bid for the right to hold a tournament there.
India has joined the growing Asian Rugby League fraternity which includes teams likes Japan, Singapore and Indonesia. On last week of June the newly formed Indian Rugby League Federation successfully ran their first ever district Rugby League tournament in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. The response was tremendous with 25 teams participating in male, female and youth categories.
“We got a tremendous response,” said Mr Iqbal, chairman of the Indian Rugby League Federation, “The players adjusted well to Rugby League’s different rules”.
The Indian Rugby League Federation has already set it sights on another tournament, this time involving inter-district teams.
“We’re expecting more than 8 districts to compete in this inter-district tournament,” explained Mr Iqbal.
There are already plans to create an open age male inter-state national Rugby League tournament, with the Indian Rugby League Federation’s sights set on more than ten states competing. But it is the way the Indian Rugby League Federation is taking a nationwide and grassroots approach to the development of Rugby League that is encouraging.
In four nation Rugby League tournament Australia beat former champion New Zealand by 26-12.
After a poor first half show, New Zealand needed something quickly after the interval to make a game of it and almost came up with it when a slick passing move found Nightingale in space on the right flank, but the winger’s pass inside was wayward and fell at the feet of Kevin Locke, who knocked on.
However, moments later Nightingale pounced on a loose ball following a flighted kick to the corner, a try confirmed by the video referee.