Across the world in local leagues scattered across many countries, football is played by amateurs for the love of the game.
The same as it was in 1900 in the VFL and SANFL and other peak leagues in Australia. The same as it is now in the Hampden FL, the Riverland Independent FL, the Old Scholars FA, the Sapphire Coast FL, the Darling Downs FL, the Upper Great Southern FL and the other Women's Leagues.
It is played by the Turku Dockers of Finland, the Portland Steelheads and Sockeyes of America, the Osaka Dingoes in Japan and the Manchester Mosquitoes in Britain.
And this year, right now, the best of some of the worlds local leagues are in Melbourne and surrounds for the International Cup.
Check the AFL International Cup website for game times and venues, as well as streaming options as well.
Check out World Footy News as well as the best resource on the web for International footy.
Also, below is a wonderful series of chats with players, family and fans of the International Cup, conducted by Polly Fletcher for the World Footy News site.
Listen to "WFN talks to the people at the AFL International Cup" on Spreaker.
Also, check the AFLIC 17 tab at the top of the page regularly for the FMI tips and rankings.
Its great that footy can be shared globally and that Melbourne can share its venues for this competition.
Its the best game in the world, and year by year the world is waking up to that fact.
The Wash UpFrom last week, 7 correct tip from 9, with being wrong on Hawthorn and Geelong the two not over the line.
Both those games were the best of the round. One win keeps Sydney's hopes of finals alive, and the other win took the clean off the zombie that was Hawthorn's late season charge for the eight.
There is still plenty to play fr in the battle for the 8 with St Kilda also winning to keep feint hopes alive. West Coast suffering there, and with the Bulldogs, Essendon and Melbourne all realistic chances the last weeks are all or nothing.
One key change here - Richmond to 8th at Hawthorn's expense.
Buckley's Collingwood on 1066 points, 5 points less than where they started 2017. Treading water
The Week AheadThe Friday night 'Greater Western' looks the game of the round. Dogs must win to stay alive.
No wait, its Geelong - Richmond. Tigers must win to prove credentials.
No wait, its Essendon - Adelaide. Dons must win to stay alive for the 8 and prove credentials.
No wait, its Melbourne - St Kilda. An early elimination final for you all.
Good luck and good tipping.