Centre line (football)

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The Centre line refers to a set of positions on an Australian rules football field. It consists of 3 players, two on the wings (left and right), and one in the centre.

Australian rules football positions
B: back pocket fullback back pocket
HB: half-back flank centre half-back half-back flank
C: wing centre wing
HF: half-forward flank centre half-forward half-forward flank
F: forward pocket full-forward forward pocket
Foll: ruckman ruck rover rover
Int: Interchange bench Interchange bench Interchange bench
Coach: coach


The two wingmen control the open spaces in the middle of the ground.[1] They can vary in size, depending on team balance or opposition match-ups, but in general they need to be highly skilled, especially in kicking.[2] Wingmen also require considerable pace and stamina, as they run up and down the ground linking play between defence and attack.[2] The Victorian Football Association (VFA) abolished the wing role for many years, which sped up play and increased the average team score. However, this was not copied in other leagues.[1]

Notable wingmen in Australian football over the years include:


The centre player usually consists of a hard-running midfielder capable of feeding outside running teammates.

Notable centres in Australian football over the years include:


  1. ^ a b Pascoe, 1995, p. 30
  2. ^ a b Northey, John (13 April 2010). "Playing Position Wingman". Swooper Coach. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Pascoe, 1995, p. 31
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  5. ^ "Darren Millane Trophy – clubman". 7 October 2011. Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. 
  6. ^ McNicol, Adam. "Peter Riccardi at GWSP". countryfootyscores.com. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Pascoe, 1995, p. 32
  8. ^ "The Greatest Team Of All". portadelaidefc.com.au. Archived from the original on 2012-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Football legend Maurice Rioli dead from suspected heart attack". The Sunday Times. 25 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Rucci, Michelangelo (8 August 2012). "Hail Macca the great". The Advertiser. 


  • Pascoe, Robert (1995). The winter game : the complete history of Australian football. Port Melbourne: The Text Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-85561-644-1.