The Wikipedia article of the Australian Football League (AFL) states:

[The VFL] made several innovations early on to entice the public's interest, including [...] the formal establishment of the modern scoring system, in which six points are awarded for a goal and one point for a behind.

It doesn't, however, specify what the original scoring system was, the one the modern scoring system replaced. Doing my own research on Google hasn't come up with anything useful either.

What was/were the scoring system(s) of Australian rules football before the modern scoring system?

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For most of the mid 19th century behinds did not award any points, they simply turned the ball over to the opposing team. The "modern scoring system" simply means behinds also counting as a (minor) score, rather than goals being the sole scoring opportunity.

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    Are there any backups for this? Where have you found that information please?
    – OldPadawan
    Commented Feb 10 at 20:04
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    Laws of Australian Rules Football seems to be a good reference here, particularly the second bullet under Australasian Rules of 1890: "6 points for a goal, 1 for a behind – previously, only goals counted.".
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Feb 11 at 11:31
  • @PhilipKendall maybe add to the answer?
    – Mark
    Commented Feb 14 at 13:08

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