Why do AFL players wear tight shorts?

Last updated 16:30 12/09/2012

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The short, tight shorts of AFL uniforms are something of a sartorial travesty. We can only blame the searing Australian summer heat and the need to run and leap freely for the players' revealing attire.

The AFL has tried to use the sport's skimpy garb to its advantage: fit, muscular players in tight shorts and sleeveless tops were once a focal point of AFL advertising, part of a bid to get more women interested in the sport.

Though today's Australian rules shorts are only a little longer than undies, we can be thankful that hemlines have come down since the 1980s.

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