Bachar Houli, born May 12, 1988, in Melbourne, Australia, is an Australian rules footballer who plays as a midfielder for Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL)r.
Houli was born in Australia to Lebanese parents. He is the first devout Muslim to play in the AFL. Houli has said it was hard growing up a devout muslim, and playing australian rules football at the same time. There was little amount of sport being played in islamic schools, let alone AFL, and he had to sneak out when he was young in his earlier years in order to just play games without his parents knowing. His persistence to want to play the sport finally led to his parents accepting and supporting of his talents which led him to become an AFL player.
Houli was drafted at pick 42 in the 2006 National Draft by Essendon. After his impressive performances in the Bombers 2008 NAB Cup he was selected for the Bombers Round 1 team to play the Kangaroos. In 2010, he was drafted by Richmond with their only selection in the 2010 Pre-season Draft.
In 2012, Houli signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him at Richmond until the end of 2014.