Rugby League is a contact sport played by two teams consisting of 13 players. The game is played on a rectangular field what is usually 68 metres wide and 112-122 metres long. Rugby League is one of several rugby sports, and has its origin in Northern England in 1895.
That is when Rugby League split from the Rugby Football Union due to disagreements regarding monetary compensation for the players.
The rules in Rugby League has since developed with the goal of creating a more fast paced and entertaining sport.
In Rugby League you score points by carrying the ball over the opposition goal line and grounding the ball. This is called a "try", and award 4 points. When you score a try, you are also granted an attempt at doing a "conversion kick".
A "conversion kick" is a free kick where you attempt to kick the ball above the horizontal goal post, and between the vertical goal posts. If you succeed, you are awarded an additional 2 points. You can therefore gain 6 points from a "converted try".
The opposition tries to stop the attacking team by tackling the player carrying the ball. If the opposition is successful in tackling the attacking team 6 times, the ball is turned over to the defending team, who then proceed to attack to try and score a "try".
The ball may only be thrown sideward or backwards.
Rugby League is played internationally, mainly in Europe, Australia, Asia- and the Pacific Islands, and is governed by
International Rugby League (IRL).
This video has a short, but good explanation of Rugby League: