Huruball in New Ingerland

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Huruball
Football, Huru rules
Two Huruball players
A huruball match in play
Governing bodyNINFA
First played1872; 148 years ago (1872)
Hillsborough, CENT
Country of originNew Ingerland
Registered players25,000 (adult)
60,000 (junior)
Clubs~500 (senior)[1]
Characteristics
ContactFull contact
Team members20 (18 onfield)
Mixed genderSingle (at senior level)
CategorisationOutdoor
EquipmentHuruball style football
VenueFootball/cricket oval

Huruball is a major sport in New Ingerland. The game has a history dating back to the early 1870s, and has long been the most popular sport in the country. The game has a high participation rate, with over 60,000 juniors and 25,000 adults taking part in competitions all over the country. The premier competition is the National Football Premiership played by twelve teams from April to September each year. After a slow beginning, Huruball has grown to become the most popular winter sport for men, far outstripping any other professional sport in terms of spectator numbers, television ratings, and revenue.

History

Background of the game

The origins of the game are thought to lie with the indigenous Ngati Mōri people, who were observed playing a contact sport with a stuffed possum fur ball when the Ulethan settlers first arrived in the archipelago. The exact date the game was first played is not known, but since the possum is not native to the Asperic islands where the ancestors of the Ngati Mōri hail, it is likely that the game was first played after New Ingerland was settled in 11350 HE (AD 1350).

It is from the Ngati Mōri that the game draws it's name. Huruhuru in the local dialect means "fur", and in a simplified form was adopted as the name of the burgeoning sport when it was first codified by the Ulethans in the 1870s.

Governing body and administration

The New Ingerland National Football Association is the governing body of huruball in New Ingerland. The association was founded in 1892, and is a founding member of the International Huruball Council, the world governing body for the sport. It organises the National Football Premiership and lower divisions (from the Harrison Shield to the various county third-division leagues), the County Cup, and the New Ingerland national football team.

The association is based at Football House in the Sandon Parklands of Kingsbury.

Competitions

League system

The football league system is currently structured in to a system of hierarchical divisions, which are connected together by the principle of promotion and relegation. For each division, there is an official name, a sponsorship name (which differs from its historic name), and number of clubs competing each year. At all levels, each division promotes to the division(s) that lie directly above it and relegates to the division(s) that lie directly below it.

Level League(s)/Division(s)
1

National Football Premiership
(Red Lion National Football Premiership)
12 clubs – 2 relegations

2

Harrison Shield
(Air New Ingerland Harrison Shield)
18 clubs – 2 promotions, 4 relegations

3

Inter-Island League
(Telecom New Ingerland Inter-Island League)
20 clubs – 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Midland Counties Combined League
(Telecom New Ingerland Midland Counties Combined League)
20 clubs – 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Ardentic Coast League
(Telecom New Ingerland Pacific Coast League)
20 clubs – 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Southern Counties Combined League
(Telecom New Ingerland Southern Counties Combined League)
20 clubs – 1 promotion, 2 relegations

4

Beaufortshire League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Lunen Island League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Centralia League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Vernonshire League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Albanyshire League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Fitzroyshire League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Deverauxshire League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

Westerland League 1
12 clubs - 1 promotion, 2 relegations

5

Beaufortshire League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Lunen Island League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Centralia League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Vernonshire League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Albanyshire League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Fitzroyshire League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Deverauxshire League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

Westerland League 2
12 clubs - 2 promotions, 2 relegations

6

Beaufortshire League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Lunen Island League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Centralia League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Vernonshire League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Albanyshire League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Fitzroyshire League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Deverauxshire League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Westerland League 3
12 clubs - 2 promotions

Non-league football

Representative team

References and notes

  1. Includes professional, amateur, recreational, and corporate clubs.

External links

About the game

History

Other links

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