Australian Football League
This is a page about the national league in Australian Rules Football. For information about the rules and history of the game see the Australian Rules Football page.
The Australian Football League is the elite, national competition in Australian Rules Football. It was formed through the expansion of the Victorian Football League, during the 1980s and 1990s.
Australian Football League logo
A 16-team, single division competition, the season is based around a 22-week "home-and-away" (regular) season starting in March through to August. The top eight teams play off in a series of finals culminating in the Grand Final, always held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and usually held on the last Saturday in September. The regular season is preceded by the Wizard Cup, a pre-season, "night" competition.
In Victoria, where a majority of teams are still based and in the traditional Australian Rules football states of South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania, much of the citizenry takes an obsessive interest in the competition. Massive crowds attend many of the games.
All players are now full-time professionals; however, since only a few elite players can expect to earn enough to support themselves for the rest of their lives, many study during their playing careers. The clubs, whilst still owned by their large membership base, are large businesses.
(Note: Many clubs play several "home" matches at alternate grounds.)
|Adelaide Crows ||Adelaide, South Australia ||AAMI Stadium|
|Brisbane Lions ||Brisbane, Queensland ||The Gabba|
|Carlton Blues ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Optus Oval|
|Collingwood Magpies ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Essendon Bombers ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Telstra Dome|
|Fremantle Dockers ||Fremantle, Western Australia ||Subiaco Oval|
|Geelong Cats ||Geelong, Victoria ||Skilled Stadium|
|Hawthorn Hawks ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Kangaroos ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Melbourne Demons ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Port Adelaide Power ||Adelaide, South Australia ||AAMI Stadium|
|Richmond Tigers ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|St. Kilda Saints ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Telstra Dome|
|Sydney Swans ||Sydney, New South Wales ||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|West Coast Eagles ||Perth, Western Australia ||Subiaco Oval|
|Western Bulldogs ||Melbourne, Victoria ||Telstra Dome|
- University (Withdrew in 1915)
- Fitzroy Lions (Merged with the Brisbane Bears after the 1996 season to form the Brisbane Lions)
- South Melbourne (Moved to Sydney in 1981 to become the Sydney Swans)
- Brisbane Bears (Merged with the Fitzroy Lions after the 1996 season to form the Brisbane Lions)
AFL/VFL Hall of Fame
For the centenary of the VFL/AFL in 1997, a Hall of Fame was formed. That year 136 Australian Rules identities were inducted, including 100 players, 10 coaches, 10 umpires, 10 administrators and 6 media representatives. "Legend of the Game" status was conferred on 12 players and another five in following years.
The original legends (in alphabetical order):
Team of the Century
To celebrate the 100th season of the VFL/AFL, the "AFL Team of the Century" was named in 1996.
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