NFL Players


This is a guest contribution from Gene Goodsell.  Gene has a law degree with honours, a business degree and is currently Manager of Legal & Business Affairs for one of the leading international sports management agencies in Australia, as well as being a football agent.

national rugby leagueWith the impending launch of the NRL (National Rugby League) USA next year, now is an ideal time to examine the differences and similarities between the NFL and the NRL.

Apart from Canadian football, rugby league is the sport which is the most similar to American football.

The field: The NFL is played on similar rectangular field to the NRL. In the NRL, there are goal posts in the shape of the letter “H” at the goal line – these are used (in order of frequency) for conversions, penalty goals and occasionally, drop goals.

The players: There are 11 players on the field in the NFL at any one time and 13 in the NRL. A major difference is that in the NRL, it is the same players have to defend and attack. NRL players are fess specialised than those in the NFL.

Territory: In the NRL, a team has 6 tackles in which to score before handing over possession to their opponent. There is no automatic way of keeping possession of the ball after 6 tackles in the NRL, unlike in the NFL. Once  a player who has possession of the ball is tackled in the NRL, there is only a brief stoppage.

The ball can’t be passed forward in the NRL and can only be advanced by players running with it or kicking it ahead and chasing it. There is usually more kicking involved in the NRL and players who don’t have the ball can’t interfere with each other.

Points: A touchdown in the NFL is the equivalent to a try in the NRL. Ironically, a try requires the ball to be touched down the ground. There have been proposals for the touchdown to replace the try in the NRL, due to the injuries associated with defenders risking arm and limb to prevent the ball from being grounded. In the NRL, there is a 2 point conversion following a try. A conversion can’t be charged down and must be taken from the same position as the try was scored.

There is no concept of a safety in the NRL, rather, if a ball carrier is tackled in the endzone (in-goal area) with the ball, the ball carrier’s team has to kick the ball back to the opposing team from under the posts.

The NRL has a lot in common with the “old school” NFL. Amongst other things, the NRL is more spontaneous and less planned than the NFL, the players wear minimal protection and have 6 “downs to advance the ball.

One word to sum up the NRL – PHYSICAL!
To compare hits between the NFL and the NRL, check out the video below:

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “NFL v. NRL”

” As well as being a football agent” – is this bloke for real? Who the hell does he manage? What a farce.

Comments are closed.