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Encyclopedia > Australian Football League
Australian Football League
Current season or competition:
2008 AFL season
Sport Australian rules football
Founded 1896
Commissioner Andrew Demetriou
No. of teams 16
Country(ies) Flag of Australia Australia
TV partner(s) Seven Network, Network Ten, Fox Sports
Official website AFL.com.au

The Australian Football League (AFL) is both the professional Australian national competition in the sport of Australian Rules Football and its highest governing body. High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... For the 2008 Arena Football League season, see 2008 Arena Football League season. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... See also: 1895 in sports, other events of 1896, 1897 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Cricket The Ashes - England win 3 test series 2-1 County Cricket Championship - Yorkshire Ice Hockey Winnipeg Victorias win their 1st Stanley Cup... Andrew Demetriou (born April 14, 1961) is the chief executive officer of the Australian Football League and a former Australian rules footballer of Greek-Cypriot heritage. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... Fox Sports is an Australian group of sports channels. ... High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... A sport governing body comes in several forms. ...

Contents

Overview

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The AFL is the most attended professional sporting league in Australia: it is the most popular sport competition in terms of attendances and TV ratings of the nation.[1] The previous three AFL Premiership Seasons have had a total home and away season attendance of over six million (currently the 10th most attended professional sports league in the world) with an average attendance of over 36,000. This is a list of crowd figures for 2007 Australian football codes. ...


The 16 teams play against each other in 22 rounds between late March and late August/early September. This is followed by a four week finals series which culminates in the two teams playing off for the Premiership in the AFL Grand Final, the best attended domestic club championship event in the world.
The league which became the Australian Football League began when teams from the Victorian Football Association (VFA Established 1877) broke away from the VFA and with new teams formed the Victorian Football League (VFL) which began in 1897. Since 1982 when the first team based outside of the state of Victoria, Australia began playing in the VFL, it has grown into a national competition in Australia.

The league was officially named the Australian Football League in 1990 to respect and honour the sport itself and its importance in Australian society, and today has teams based in five of the six Australian states - with matches played in all states and territories of Australia.

The AFL has gained considerable media and financial strength, as well as control over the game at most levels.
The AFL Commission, which runs the league, assumed the role of governing body for the sport of Australian Rules Football in Australia in 1993 when the Australian National Football Council was dissolved.
It is now responsible for the rules of Australian Football through the AFL Rules Committee (consisting of members from the AFL Players Association). The AFL also became the defacto world governing body in 2002 when it negotiated the disbanding of the International Australian Football Council. Since 2000, through the commission, the AFL has pushed for all affiliated leagues and bodies to co-brand with the league as well as refer to the sport as "AFL" in preference to its official name of "Australian Football". Part of the pre-match entertainment at the 2006 AFL Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. ... An aerial view of the Melbourne Cricket Ground during the 1992 Cricket World Cup final packed with 90,000 people. ... The Australian States and Territories comprise the Commonwealth of Australia under a federal system of government. ... The AFL Commission is the official governing body of the Australian Football League, the elite national Australian rules football competition in Australia. ... A sport governing body comes in several forms. ... A ruck contest in after the centre bounce. ... A ruck contest in Australian rules. ... The AFL Players Association is a body that consists of players and former players in the Australian Football League. ... The International Australian Football Council (IAFC) was a body established in 1995 to govern the sport of Australian rules football internationally. ...


Clubs

Since 1997 the AFL has consisted of nine clubs based in Melbourne, Victoria, one in Geelong, Victoria, two teams based in Adelaide, South Australia, two Western Australian teams and one each in Sydney, New South Wales and Brisbane, Queensland.
The addition of new teams in the AFL in Gold Coast, Queensland - Launceston, Tasmania - Perth, Western Australia and Sydney, New South Wales in the coming years is likely[2][3] The AFL operates on a one group league system, with no relegation or promotion. This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... This article is about the Victorian city; the name may also refer to City of Geelong or Geelong city centre. ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... This article is about the Australian city. ...


The Victorian Football League, commonly known as the VFL, started in 1897 with eight teams - St. Kilda, Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Melbourne, South Melbourne, and Fitzroy - some of those teams entering the VFL from the VFA (the Victorian Football Association). Richmond and University entered in 1908, but University disbanded in 1915. In 1925, Footscray (later known as the Western Bulldogs), Hawthorn and North Melbourne (later known as the Kangaroos) entered the competition, making 12 teams as a solely Victorian based league until 1982 when the Sydney Swans became the first team based outside of the state of Victoria Australia in the league in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The St. ... Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the sixth oldest Australian rules football club and the third oldest club in the Australian Football League. ... Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies, is an Australian rules football club involved, and playing in the Australian Football League. ... Essendons Home and Clash Jumpers Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club that is part of the Australian Football League. ... Geelong Football Club (also known as Geelong, or The Cats) are an Australian professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Victoria at Kardinia Park, known by its sponsored name Skilled Stadium. Playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), they are one of the most successful clubs... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... South Melbourne is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, was an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) on its inception in 1897. ... This page is about the Aussie rules club. ... Melbourne University Football Club – often known simply as University – is an Australian rules football club. ... The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... NMFC redirects here. ... Motto: Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Governor HE Mr John Landy Premier Steve Bracks (ALP) Area 237,629 km² (6th)  - Land 227,416 km²  - Water 10,213 km² (4. ...


A further national expansion occurred in 1987, with the introduction of the West Coast Eagles from Western Australia and the Brisbane Bears from Queensland.
The league officially became named the Australian Football League in 1990 to reflect the expanded nature of the competition.
South Australia was first represented in 1991 when the Adelaide Crows joined the league.
Fremantle joined as the second WA team in 1995.
Brisbane Bears merged with the Fitzroy Lions the next year creating the Brisbane Lions in 1996.
Port Adelaide Power took their place in 1997.
The Victorian Football Association has since changed its name to the Victorian Football League to respect it's status as the state competition in the state of Victoria, Australia. Other state leagues that exist and have made immeasurably valuable contributions to the sport in Australia are the WAFL - the West Australian Football League (established), the SANFL - the South Australian Football League (established), the QFL, the tasmanian state leagues and the nothern territory, tiwi and torres straight islands leagues. West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... For other uses, see Queensland (disambiguation). ... For the song, see South Australia (song). ... This page is for the Australian Rules Football Club in Adelaide. ... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... Port Adelaide Football Club logo Port Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club, nicknamed The Power in the Australian Football League (AFL), and nicknamed The Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). ...

Present teams


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Membership figures as at June 6th, 2008. [5] June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ...

Former teams

Club Colours Nickname Location Home Ground 2008 Membership
Adelaide Football Club Crows Adelaide, South Australia AAMI Stadium 47,995
Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club Lions Brisbane, Queensland The Gabba 22,066
Carlton Football Club Blues Melbourne, Victoria Telstra Dome
Melbourne Cricket Ground
40,001
Collingwood Football Club Magpies Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 42,067
Essendon Football Club Bombers Melbourne, Victoria Telstra Dome 40,030
Fremantle Football Club Dockers Perth, Western Australia Subiaco Oval 43,094
Geelong Football Club Cats Geelong, Victoria Skilled Stadium
Telstra Dome
35,215
Hawthorn Football Club Hawks Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground
Aurora Stadium
40,147
Melbourne Football Club Demons Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 28,077
North Melbourne Football Club Kangaroos Melbourne, Victoria Telstra Dome
Gold Coast Stadium
33,825
Port Adelaide Football Club Power Adelaide, South Australia AAMI Stadium 33,364
Richmond Football Club Tigers Melbourne, Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 29,224
St Kilda Football Club Saints Melbourne, Victoria Telstra Dome 30,436
Sydney Swans Australian Football Club Swans Sydney, New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground
ANZ Stadium
26,164
West Coast Eagles Football Club Eagles Perth, Western Australia Subiaco Oval 44,746
Western Bulldogs Football Club Bulldogs Melbourne, Victoria Telstra Dome 33,388[4]
Club Colours Location Last Home Ground Years In Competition Reason
Fitzroy Lions Red, Blue and Gold. Fitzroy, Victoria Whitten Oval 1897-1996 Merged with the Brisbane Bears to become the Brisbane Lions in 1997.
Brisbane Bears Maroon and Gold Gold Coast, Queensland The Gabba 1987-1996 Merged with the Fitzroy Lions to become the Brisbane Lions in 1997.
South Melbourne Red and White Melbourne, Victoria Lakeside Oval 1897-1981 Became the Sydney Swans in 1982.
University Black and Blue Parkville, Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 1908-1914 The club was disbanded prior to the 1915 season, due to the outbreak of World War I, and players' enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force. After the club was revived in 1919, it did not apply to rejoin the competition.

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This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies, is an Australian rules football club involved, and playing in the Australian Football League. ... Image File history File links CollingwoodDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... Essendons Home and Clash Jumpers Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club that is part of the Australian Football League. ... Image File history File links EssendonDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as Freo, is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... Image File history File links FremantleDesign. ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... Subiaco Oval, known colloquially as Subi, is the highest capacity sports stadium in Perth, Western Australia. ... Geelong Football Club (also known as Geelong, or The Cats) are an Australian professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Victoria at Kardinia Park, known by its sponsored name Skilled Stadium. Playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), they are one of the most successful clubs... Image File history File links GeelongDesign. ... This article is about the Victorian city; the name may also refer to City of Geelong or Geelong city centre. ... VIC redirects here. ... Kardinia Park is an Australian Rules football (AFL) stadium located in Geelong, Victoria and is the home ground of the Geelong Football Club, an AFL team. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... Image File history File links HawthornDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... York Park (now known as Aurora Stadium) is the major Australian rules football ground located in Inveresk, an inner city suburb of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... Image File history File links MelbourneDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... NMFC redirects here. ... Image File history File links KangaroosDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Carrara Stadium or Carrara Sports Complex is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, located in the suburb of Carrara. ... This article is about the Australian Football League club. ... Image File history File links PortAdelaideDesign. ... For other uses, see Adelaide (disambiguation). ... For the song, see South Australia (song). ... AAMI Stadium, formerly known as Football Park, is an Australian Rules Football stadium located in West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia. ... This page is about the Aussie rules club. ... Image File history File links RichmondDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... The St. ... Image File history File links StKildaDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based in Sydney, New South Wales. ... Image File history File links SydneyDesign. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... NSW redirects here. ... The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (, ) is a cricket stadium in Sydney. ... Telstra Stadium, formerly Stadium Australia, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Homebush, Sydney, Australia which opened in March 1999. ... West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ... Image File history File links WestCoastDesign. ... Location of Perth within Australia This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... Subiaco Oval, known colloquially as Subi, is the highest capacity sports stadium in Perth, Western Australia. ... The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... Image File history File links WesternBulldogsDesign. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, was an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) on its inception in 1897. ... Fitzroy (sometimes referred to as South Fitzroy) is an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... VIC redirects here. ... Whitten Oval is a stadium in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... Gold Coast redirects here. ... For other uses, see Queensland (disambiguation). ... The Brisbane Cricket Ground is a major sports stadium in the Queensland capital of Brisbane. ... Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, was an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) on its inception in 1897. ... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... South Melbourne is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... VIC redirects here. ... Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based in Sydney, New South Wales. ... Melbourne University Football Club – often known simply as University – is an Australian rules football club. ... An inner northern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, bordered by North Melbourne to the south-west, Carlton and Carlton North to the south and east, Brunswick to the north, and Flemington to the west. ... VIC redirects here. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... The First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) was the main expeditionary force of the Australian Army during World War I. It was formed from August 15, 1914, following Britains declaration of war on Germany. ...

New Teams

The AFL is considering issuing the following new licences, most likely to debut as AFL clubs between 2010-2013.

  • Gold Coast New team in Queensland
  • Western Sydney New team in New South Wales

Other regions are generally discussed as being candidates for inclusion in the national league: Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ...

  • Launceston New team in Tasmania [6]
  • Perth New team in Western Australia
  • Darwin (Northern Territory) New.

Early in 2008, a meeting held by the AFL discussed the issue of two new teams entering the AFL competition[citation needed]. AFL officials confirmed that a new team on the Gold Coast and possibly a new team in West Sydney would enter the competition around 2010. Also in April, Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon, had a meeting with the AFL to discuss the posibillity of a new team based in the State of Tasmania.


National competition

An AFL match at Aurora Stadium in Launceston
An AFL match at AAMI stadium in Adelaide
An AFL match at AAMI stadium in Adelaide
An AFL match at Subiaco Oval in Perth
An AFL match at Subiaco Oval in Perth
Close up of ruckwork from an AFL match at the Telstra Dome with the roof open in Melbourne
Close up of ruckwork from an AFL match at the Telstra Dome with the roof open in Melbourne

The AFL is the dominant league in television, print, and radio news in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.[citation needed] In addition, Australian rules football is the most participated football code in these states and territories.[citation needed] York Park (now known as Aurora Stadium) is the major Australian rules football ground located in Inveresk, an inner city suburb of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. ... Launceston is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia, population approximately 90,000 (Greater urban and 99,100 statistical division), located at the juncture of the North Esk, South Esk, and Tamar rivers. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2816x2120, 1501 KB) Fremantle VS Melbourne à Subacio (perth 2004) - Sur la photo, Fremantle marque 6 points --Scruffy 14:12, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Subiaco Oval Metadata This file contains additional information, probably... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2816x2120, 1501 KB) Fremantle VS Melbourne à Subacio (perth 2004) - Sur la photo, Fremantle marque 6 points --Scruffy 14:12, 14 Apr 2005 (UTC) File links The following pages link to this file: Subiaco Oval Metadata This file contains additional information, probably... VIC redirects here. ... For the song, see South Australia (song). ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... For similar terms, see Northern Territories (disambiguation) Slogan or Nickname: The Territory, The NT, The Top End Motto(s): none Other Australian states and territories Capital Darwin Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator Ted Egan Chief Minister Clare Martin (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2004... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product... High marking is a key skill and spectacular attribute of Australian rules football Precise field and goal kicking using the oval shaped ball is the key skill in Australian rules football Australian rules football, also known as Australian football, Aussie rules, or simply football or footy is a code of... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Despite the traditional popularity of rugby league in the states of New South Wales and Queensland, the popularity of the AFL is increasing.[citation needed] This has been greatly assisted by recent premierships being won by the Brisbane Lions (2001, 2002, and 2003) and Sydney Swans (2005) and to a lesser extent also unsuccessful Grand Final appearances for both Brisbane (2004) and Sydney (1996, 2006). With the success of these sides, participation in Australian rules football has grown in these states in recent years.[citation needed] Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... NSW redirects here. ... For other uses, see Queensland (disambiguation). ... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based in Sydney, New South Wales. ...


In recent years, teams based in the state of Victoria, Australia have played games in other states to pave the way for new teams entering the competition. Recently, this has included Hawthorn which plays home games in Launceston, Tasmania - St. Kilda which has played home games at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania in the recent past - North Melbourne which has played games at Manuka Oval in Canberra, and Carrara Oval on the Gold Coast - the Western Bulldogs which has played games at Manuka and at Marrara Oval in Darwin, Northern Territory and at the Sydney Cricket Ground - and Melbourne which has played games at Carrara Oval and The Gabba in Queensland. Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... Launceston is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia, population approximately 90,000 (Greater urban and 99,100 statistical division), located at the juncture of the North Esk, South Esk, and Tamar rivers. ... The St. ... York Park (now known as Aurora Stadium) is the major Australian rules football ground located in Inveresk, an inner city suburb of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. ... Launceston is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia, population approximately 90,000 (Greater urban and 99,100 statistical division), located at the juncture of the North Esk, South Esk, and Tamar rivers. ... NMFC redirects here. ... Manuka Oval hosts AFL matches in winter and cricket in summer. ... For other uses, see Canberra (disambiguation). ... Carrara Oval is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. ... The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... Marrara Oval is a sports ground in Darwin, Australia Hosted two cricket Tests 2003-04 ... Port Darwin redirects here. ... The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) (, ) is a cricket stadium in Sydney. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... The Brisbane Cricket Ground is a major sports stadium in the Queensland capital of Brisbane. ... For other uses, see Queensland (disambiguation). ...


The major AFL Stadiums, and their capacity and home teams:

  • The MCG (Melbourne) - 100,000 - Melbourne Demons, Richmond Tigers, Collingwood Magpies, Hawthorn Hawks.
  • Telstra Dome (Melbourne) - 53,355 - St. Kilda Saints, Carlton Blues, Essendon Bombers, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Western Bulldogs.
  • The SCG (Sydney) - 43,649 - Sydney Swans
  • ANZ Stadium (Sydney) - 83,500 - Sydney Swans
  • AAMI Stadium (Adelaide) - 51,515 - Adelaide Crows, Port Adelaide Power
  • Subiaco Oval (Perth) - 42,922 - West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers
  • The Gabba (Brisbane) - 42,000 - Brisbane Lions
  • Skilled Stadium (Geelong) - 28,500 - Geelong Cats (also play games in Melbourne at Telstra Dome.)
  • Aurora Stadium (Launceston) - 23,000 - Hawthorn Hawks (play 4 home games a season here, and the rest at the MCG)

Historic clubs

See also: List of Australian rules football clubs by date of establishment

The modern day Australian Football League (AFL) has many teams dating back to the beginnings of the sport of Australian rules football, including the very first club, Melbourne Football Club (1858), a foundation VFL/AFL club whose founders also first codified the sport in 1859. This is a chronological list of Australian rules football clubs since their formation. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ...


Other early clubs still in existence include: Geelong (1859), Carlton (1864), North Melbourne (formerly Hotham) (1869), Essendon (1871), St. Kilda (1873), South Melbourne (now Sydney Swans) (1874), Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs) (1883), Richmond (1885), and Collingwood (1892). Geelong Football Club (also known as Geelong, or The Cats) are an Australian professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Victoria at Kardinia Park, known by its sponsored name Skilled Stadium. Playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), they are one of the most successful clubs... Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the sixth oldest Australian rules football club and the third oldest club in the Australian Football League. ... NMFC redirects here. ... Essendons Home and Clash Jumpers Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club that is part of the Australian Football League. ... The St. ... Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based in Sydney, New South Wales. ... The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... This page is about the Aussie rules club. ... Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies, is an Australian rules football club involved, and playing in the Australian Football League. ...


Playing lists

The AFL has tight controls over the player lists of each club. Each club can have a senior list of 38 players plus up to six rookie or veteran players. From 2006, up to two international rookieswww.realfooty.theage.com.au are also permitted. Clubs can only trade players during a "trade week" at the end of each season and can only recruit new players through the AFL Draft. The rules for the draft have changed every few years since it was introduced in 1986, but the basic philosophy remains in that players are selected by clubs in the reverse of the order of their positions on the ladder at the end of the preceding season. That is, the club that finished last has first draft selection, then the club that finished second last. However, this philosophy has been compromised by giving priority picks to clubs which win fewer than four matches during the season and by allowing clubs to select sons of former players under a "father - son rule" which itself has been varied over the years. This article is about the annual Australian rules football draft. ...


A salary cap (known as the Total Player Payments or TPP) is also in place as part of the league's equalisation policy.


In 2007, this is AUD$7 million per club. Salaries of draft selections are fixed for two years. Salaries for senior players are not normally released to the public, although the average is estimated at A$200,000www.realfooty.theage.com.au and the top few players can expect to earn up to AUD$1,000,000 a year.www.realfooty.theage.com.au Au. ... Au. ... Au. ...


Infringements by clubs in relation to exceeding the TPP, not informing the AFL of payments or draft tampering are severe and can include large fines, loss of premiership points and exclusion from the AFL draft. However, the AFL has not yet penalised clubs premiership points for a breach of the salary cap.


AFL players by state/territory/nation

The following is the origin of 2007 AFL listed player based on player's nominated junior clubs.www.theage.com.au afl.com.au

Note 1: Note that players from Ireland were all converts from other sports. VIC redirects here. ... Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State or the Golden State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Ken Michael Premier Alan Carpenter (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 15  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2005-06)  - Product ($m)  $107,910 (4th)  - Product per capita  $53,134/person... For the song, see South Australia (song). ... For other uses, see Queensland (disambiguation). ... NSW redirects here. ... For similar terms, see Northern Territories (disambiguation) Slogan or Nickname: The Territory, The NT, The Top End Motto(s): none Other Australian states and territories Capital Darwin Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator Ted Egan Chief Minister Clare Martin (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2004... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product... Capital Canberra Government Constitutional monarchy Administrator none Chief Minister Jon Stanhope (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 2  - Senate seats 2 Gross Territorial Product (2006)  - Product ($m)  $19,167 (6th)  - Product per capita  $57,303/person (1st) Population (End of November 2006)  - Population  333,667 (7th)  - Density  137. ... There are many players who have converted one football code to another or even changed from other sports at a professional or representational level. ...


Indigenous players in the AFL

In 2008, there is a total of 73 players of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent on AFL club playing lists, comprising approximately 11% of the overall playing list.[7] This compares with the 2.3% of the Australian population who identified themselves as Indigenous in the 2006 census.[8] Languages Several hundred Indigenous Australian languages (many extinct or nearly so), Australian English, Australian Aboriginal English, Torres Strait Creole, Kriol Religions Primarily Christian, with minorities of other religions including Islam and various forms of Traditional belief systems based around the Dreamtime Related ethnic groups see List of Indigenous Australian group...


Competition timeline


Season tournaments

AFL Premiership season

See also: 2008 AFL season

The Toyota AFL Premiership Season, contested between the 16 teams from around Australia, lasts for 22 rounds and begins in late March. At the end of the 22 rounds, the top eight teams compete in the four-week AFL Finals Series. In the first week the top four teams play in Qualifying Finals (1st vs 4th & 2nd vs 3rd), with the other four teams playing in Elimination Finals (5th vs 8th & 6th vs 7th). In the second week the two losing teams from the Qualifying Finals play the two winning teams from the Elimination Finals in the Semi Finals. The two winning Qualifying Final teams progress directly into a Preliminary Final in the third week, playing the winners of the Semi Finals. The two winning Preliminary Final teams play in the Grand Final in the fourth week of the finals. For the 2008 Arena Football League season, see 2008 Arena Football League season. ... The current AFL finals system was devised by the Australian Football League in 2000 as its end-of-season championship playoff tournament. ...


The McClelland Trophy is awarded to the team that finishes the league in first position (sometimes called the minor premiership) but this is not afforded anywhere near the prestige as the Premiership. The Premiership is awarded to the winning team in the Grand Final. The McClelland Trophy is an Australian rules football Trophy. ...


The Grand Final is traditionally played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, even if two non-Victorian teams are playing, on the last Saturday in September. Recent exceptions to this practice were in 1991 when the MCG was being redeveloped and the Grand Final was played at Waverley Park, and in 2000 when the Grand Final was played in early September as the Sydney Olympics started on 15 September. A silver cup, known as the Premiership Cup, and a pennant are awarded to the winner of the AFL Grand Final. (With the exception of 1996 - when a gold cup was awarded instead of the usual silver one in the AFL/VFL's 100th season). “MCG” redirects here. ... VIC redirects here. ... Waverley Park (formerly VFL Park and then AFL Park) was an often controversial Australian rules football stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


The Premiership Cup is manufactured by Cash's International at their metalworks in Frankston, Victoria. Frankston is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


Themed rounds and special matches

Themed rounds have become immensely popular. There are themes such as Rivalry Round (in which traditional rivals are matched up against each other), Women's Round and Heritage Round (where teams play in old style guernseys). Some matches are also themed for special events. For example, each year Collingwood play Essendon in the annual ANZAC Day match at the MCG and the game will typically sell-out regardless of the positions of the two teams on the ladder. Another annual match is the Queen's Birthday game between Melbourne and Collingwood. As of 2006, Richmond and Essendon play in the Dreamtime at the 'G match. There are separate trophies for the matches between several clubs and former rivalries such as the Lake Trophy between St Kilda and Sydney Swans. Heritage Round is a round of matches in the Australian Football League in which all the teams wear guernseys from their past. ... Throwback uniforms and jerseys are one-time or limited-time variations on a sports teams uniforms styled to resemble uniforms from that teams past. ... The Anzac Day clash is an annual Australian rules football match between Australian Football League teams Essendon and the Collingwood on ANZAC Day (April, 25). ...


Pre-season Cup

Main article: Australian Football League Pre-season Cup competition

The Pre-season Cup competition is a tournament played and completed prior to the commencement of the Premiership season.


The series is played before the premiership season and on all bar one occasion (1997) was played at Waverley Park until the ground was sold by the league in 1999 (although a number of the lead-up matches of the 2000 series were played at the ground). The 2000 competition decider was held at the MCG. Since 2001, all bar three finals have been played at Telstra Dome, with the 2001, 2006 and 2008 deciders held at AAMI Stadium. This page is for Telstra Dome, Melbourne. ... AAMI Stadium, formerly known as Football Park, is an Australian Rules Football stadium located in West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia. ...


The Pre-Season Cup is one of three major trophies that can be won by all teams in the AFL.


The player adjudged best on the ground in the final is awarded the Michael Tuck Medal, in honour of the footballer who has played more league matches than any other (426). Since 1992, the Michael Tuck Medal has been awarded to the best-and-fairest player in the AFL pre-season grand final. ...


The Pre-season Cup competition is currently a four round format with a round of 16, quarter finals, semi finals and final. Teams that win move through to the next round, losing teams are eliminated.


History

Former VFL/AFL Logo (pre-1990) - now the logo of the Victorian Football League.
Former VFL/AFL Logo (pre-1990) - now the logo of the Victorian Football League.

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Before the VFL

Australian rules football dates back to 1858, when Tom Wills began to devise the rules of the code. Melbourne Football Club was formed May 14, 1859. On May 17, 1859, at the Parade Hotel in East Melbourne, Wills, W.J. Hammersley and J.B. Thompson wrote the first set of written rules for Australian rules football. By 1866, several other clubs had also adopted an updated version of Melbourne's rules. In 1877, the amateur Victorian Football Association was established. The history of Australian rules football began in Melbourne in 1858, with a call by Tom Wills to develop a local code of football and the formation of the Melbourne Football Club. ... See also: 1857 in sports, 1859 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Cambridge Events First rules for Australian Rules Football codified, and first match contested by Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College. ... Thomas Wentworth Wills was an Australian sportsman who is credited along with Henry Harrison as one of the inventors of Australian rules football. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1859 (MDCCCLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The word amateur has at least two connotations. ... This article is about the present day Victorian state football league. ...


VFL begins

The Victorian Football League was established in 1896 when several clubs broke away from the Victorian Football Association which was the first Australian rules competition in Victoria, second in the country after the South Australian Football Association. The first games were played in 1897 between the foundation clubs – Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne. Essendon won the first VFL premiership. VFL/AFL is the term used to refer to the competition established in 1897, which was originally known as the Victorian Football League. ... This article is about the present day Victorian state football league. ...


Although the Victorian Football League and the Victorian Football Association continued to compete for spectator interest for many years, the VFL quickly established itself as the premier competition in Victoria. In the early years Fitzroy and Collingwood were the dominant teams, but by the mid-1900s Carlton began a dominating period of three successive flags from 1906 to 1908. Essendon under Jack Worrall - the first great coach - won a most convincing victory in 1911 with ten straight wins and surprisingly defended their flag in 1912 after being erratic during the home-and-away rounds. VFL/AFL is the term used to refer to the competition established in 1897, which was originally known as the Victorian Football League. ... This article is about the present day Victorian state football league. ...


In 1908, Richmond and University joined the VFL. Richmond eventually succeeded after a slow start, but University, after three promising seasons, won only one of its last seventy matches and its already thin ranks were so depleted it disbanded at the end of 1914.


More information on how war affected the VFL see: The VFL during the World Wars.


Between the World Wars

Richmond won its first premierships in 1920 and 1921 but Essendon - battlers since their 1912 flag - took over as the dominant team between 1922 and 1926. In 1924 the VFL inaugurated the Brownlow Medal for the player who received the most votes from the umpires for the Best and Fairest player. The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is the medal awarded to the best and fairest player in the Australian Football League during the regular season (ie not including finals matches) as decided upon by umpires. ... Best and Fairest (also known as Fairest and Best in some competitions, notably the Australian Football League) is the term commonly used in Australian sport to describe the player(s) adjudged to have had the best performance in a game or over a season for a given sporting club or...


In 1925, Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs), Hawthorn and North Melbourne joined the VFL. Footscray adapted to the VFL relatively quickly and by 1928 were well off the bottom of the ladder. However, North Melbourne and Hawthorn remained "chopping blocks" for a very long period. North Melbourne were not to win more than eight games in a season until 1944 and Hawthorn only once won more than seven until 1954. Between them, Hawthorn and North Melbourne finished in last place fifteen of the twenty-nine years from their admittance until 1953 - by which time however North had become a powerful side and finished in the first two on the ladder in 1949 and 1950. In all but two of the fifteen seasons between 1941 and 1955 either Hawthorn or St. Kilda finished last. The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... VFL can refer to: Victorian Football League, an Australian rules football league formerly known as the Victorian Football Association prior to 1996. ... The St. ...


Between the years of 1927 and 1930, Collingwood FC became the first and so far, the only, team to win four successive premierships and finish a season without losing (or drawing) a game. This team became known as "the machine" because of the organised and consistent way it played. During this period of success Collingwood became the greatest club in the nation, possessing the largest and fiercest supporter base drawn originally from working class districts in inner Melbourne. With premiership victories in 1935 and 1936 the Collingwood Football Club had already won 11 premierships, and remained the most successful premiership club until Carlton began to lead the premiership tally in 1982. The Collingwood Football Club, nicknamed The Magpies after the black and white striped jerseys worn by the players, is an Australian rules football club, playing in the elite Australian Football League. ...


In the 1930s, Richmond and South Melbourne rivaled Collingwood as the best team, with Richmond's brilliant defence destroying South's powerful attack in the 1934 Grand Final. Melbourne, which had won the premiership in 1926 but fallen off sharply, developed a powerful attacking side that swept all before it between 1939 and 1941 to win three successive flags; however Essendon, after years in the wilderness from 1927 to 1939, enjoyed a dominant period with nine grand final appearances between 1941 and 1951............


1950s

In 1952, the VFL hosted ‘National Day’, when all 6 matches were played outside of Melbourne. Matches were played at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, North Hobart Oval, Albury Sports Ground and Victorian country towns Yallourn and Euroa. The Brisbane Exhibition Ground is a sporting stadium in Brisbane, Australia which is owned and operated by the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA). ... North Hobart Oval is an Australian rules football stadium located in Hobart, Australia. ... Lavington Sports Ground is an Australian rules football stadium located in Albury, New South Wales, Australia. ... Yallourn, Victoria was built in the 1920s to house employees of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria who operated the nearby Yallourn Power Station complex. ... Euroa is a town in the Shire of Strathbogie in North-East Victoria, Australia. ...


In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, Waverley Park, to give it some independence from the Melbourne Cricket Club which managed the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian rules' spiritual home. Waverley Park was planned to hold 167,000 spectators (thus making it one of the largest stadiums in the world). Land for the stadium was purchased at Mulgrave, in those days just farmland, but one day predicted to be near demographic centre of Melbourne's population. Waverley Park (formerly VFL Park and then AFL Park) was an often controversial Australian rules football stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) is a sporting club based in Melbourne, Australia. ... “MCG” redirects here. ... Waverley Park (formerly VFL Park and then AFL Park) was an often controversial Australian rules football stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


Geelong was the stand out team at the beginning of the 1950s, winning the premiership in 1951 then setting a record of 23 consecutive wins starting in Round 12, 1952 and ending in Round 13, 1953. This streak included the 1952 premiership.


After Footscray won its first premiership in 1954 by defeating Melbourne, Melbourne became a powerhouse, winning five premierships between 1955 and 1960, including three in a row between 1955 and 1957. In 1958 Collingwood famously defeated Melbourne in the Grand Final, thereby preventing Melbourne from equalling Collingwood's record of four successive premierships.


Television coverage began in 1957, with direct telecasts of the final quarter permitted. At first, several channels competed through broadcasting different games. However, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowds, it decided that no coverage was to be allowed for 1960. In 1961, the modern system of replays was introduced and only very rarely have direct telecasts been permitted since.


1960s

In the 1960s, television began to have a huge impact, which continues unabated to this day. Spectators hurried home from games to watch replays and many former players took up positions as commentators on pre-game preview programs and post-game review programs. There were also several attempts at variety programs featuring VFL players, who generally succeeded in demonstrating that their skills were limited to the football ground.


The VFL played the first of a series of exhibition matches in 1962 in an effort to lift the international profile of the league. Australian rules football has been introduced to a wide range of places around Australia and the world since the codes inception in 1848. ...


Hawthorn won its first ever Grand Final in 1961, beating Footscray. Melbourne's period of success ended with its premiership win in 1964 over Collingwood, after which Carlton famously recruited Melbourne's champion player Ron Barassi as its captain-coach. St Kilda won its first Grand Final by one point over Collingwood in 1966, and after many years in the doldrums, Richmond won the Grand Final in 1967, starting a revival which lasted until the early 1980s. Under Barassi's leadership, Carlton won the premiership in 1968, its first since 1947. On the whole, though, Essendon and Geelong were the best teams during the 1960s, even though they only won three of the ten premierships.


With the number of players recruited from country leagues increasing, the wealthier clubs were gaining an advantage that metropolitan zoning and the Coulter law restricting player payments had prevented in the past. Country zoning was introduced in the late 1960s, and whilst it pushed Essendon and Geelong from the top of the ladder, it created severe inequality during the 1970s and 1980s. Only six teams made the grand final between 1972 and 1987, as against nine between 1961 and 1967.


1970s

1970 saw the opening of Waverley Park, with the inaugural match being played between Geelong and Fitzroy, on 18 April 1970. Construction work was carried out at the stadium as the 1970s progressed, culminating in the building of the now heritage listed Sir Kenneth Luke stand. The Queen of England, Elizabeth the second was a guest at the game and officially opened the stadium to the public. is the 108th day of the year (109th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 1970 Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood attracted a record crowd for a football game in Australia of 121,696. This game also saw the greatest comeback in Grand Final history when after trailing by 44 points at half time, Carlton managed to win by 10 points. Alex Jesaulenko took one of the most memorable marks in the sport's history during this game. Alex Jezza Jesaulenko (born 2 August 1945 in Salzburg, Austria) is a former champion Australian rules footballer who is rated by many as one of the greatest players of all time. ...


Hawthorn defeated St. Kilda in the Grand Final in 1971, beginning a long period of success that lasted into the early 1990s. The match was notable for Peter Hudson's famed attempt at breaking Bob Pratt's long held record of 150 goals in a season. Hudson kicked three goals in the match, equalling Pratt's season tally.


North Melbourne won its first ever premiership in 1975, then won again in 1977 in the Grand Final replay, following the second ever drawn Grand Final, against Collingwood. 1977 also saw the commencement of State of Origin representative matches, where players were only able to represent the state of their birth, as opposed to representing the state in which they were currently playing. State of Origin is the name used in Australia for sporting events or other competitions which involve teams from different States or Territories. ...


The 1979 VFL Grand Final is remembered for a controversial goal that sealed the Premiership for Carlton. After leading by 28 points during the second quarter, Collingwood had fallen behind by 21 points before mounting a late comeback. They were trailing by four points in the dying stages of the match when Carlton's Wayne Harmes miskicked, chased the ball towards the boundary line and knocked it to his team mate Ken Sheldon who kicked a goal to give Carlton a 10-point lead. Their eventual winning margin was just five points. Although Harmes won the inaugural Norm Smith Medal for the best player in the Grand Final, he is best-remembered for this incident as Collingwood supporters still claim that the ball had crossed the boundary line before Harmes knocked it to Sheldon. This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Kenneth Ken Sheldon (born 13 February 1959) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian Football League. ... The Norm Smith Medal is the award given in AFL grand final to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the match. ...


Many rule changes were made during the decade in efforts to increase the attractiveness of the game:

  • A "final five" system was introduced in 1972. The Grand Final was the highest scoring Grand Final in history, accumulating a total of 327 points with Carlton defeating Richmond by 27 points.
  • The centre diamond and a limit of four players per team at the centre bounce were introduced in 1973. The diamond was changed to the square in 1975.
  • The two-umpire system was introduced in 1976.
  • In 1978 the interchange law was introduced, to allow players to be able to be interchanged at any time (like basketball), rather than a one-off replacement (as in soccer).

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1980s - national expansion

At the time, there was no national league for Australian rules that incorporated interstate clubs. The VFL was the most popular and dominant league around the country in terms of overall attendance and interest and began expanding its influence into other states. In 1980, the match of the day was broadcast on television. Interest around the country followed, and new sides from other capitals (many with their own local leagues) soon expressed interest in new licences.


In 1982, South Melbourne relocated to Sydney to become the Sydney Swans. The West Australian Football League and Queensland Australian Football League were awarded licences to join the VFL and the West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears were formed. These expansion team licences were awarded on payment of multi-million dollar fees which were not required of the existing VFL clubs. The first National Draft was introduced in 1986. The West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears joined the league in 1987. The night premiership, the Panasonic Cup moved to the pre-season instead of mid-year. Sydney Swans is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based in Sydney, New South Wales. ... The West Australian Football League (WAFL) (pronounced waffle) is the premier state based Australian rules football league in Western Australia. ... AFL Queensland (AFLQ) is the governing body of Australian rules football in the state of Queensland. ... West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... An expansion team is a term used for a brand new team in a sports league. ... This article is about the annual Australian rules football draft. ... West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... The NAB Cup is the pre-season/night series Australian rules football competition of the Australian Football League, sponsored by National Australia Bank. ... Panasonic (パナソニック Panasonikku) is an international brand name for Japanese electric products manufacturer Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ...


In 1984, a revival of the International Rules representative series against Ireland occurred. In 1987, a salary cap was introduced. In 1988, the law changed to make players awarded free kicks be obliged to kick the ball, rather than handpass. This rule change was reversed in 1990. International rules is a rhetoric sentence used by the governments of United States and Great Britain when pointing at countries that they regard as rogue states because of their political inclinations or because they do not voluntarily align to Washington or Londons international policies. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Ross Oakley was appointed CEO of the VFL in 1986, and immediately set about plans for national expansion of the competition. Ross Oakley (born 1942) is an Australian businessman most noted for his stint as the chief of the Victorian Football League & Australian Football League. ...


In 1989, the league began encouraging some of the fledgling Victorian clubs to merge or relocate interstate. Footscray and Fitzroy were almost forced into amalgamation, but a fundraising event from Footscray supporters stopped the proposed merger at the eleventh hour. The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ... Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, was an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) on its inception in 1897. ...


Collingwood played in its third successive Grand Final in 1981, yet didn't win any of them. This added to Collingwood's already infamous record in Grand Finals, signified by the term "the Colliwobbles" - after their Premiership triumph of 1958, Collingwood lost the next eight Grand Finals in which they played, often after seemingly having the match in their keeping. They also finished on top of the ladder twice after the regular season matches (in 1969 and 1973), only to experience a loss of form in the finals and miss the Grand Final altogether. "The Colliwobbles" was introduced after the 1970 Grand Final loss to Carlton.


A bitter rivalry between Essendon and Hawthorn emerged after competing in three consecutive Grand Finals between 1983 and 1985. Essendon's win in the 1984 marked the first time since 1966 that a team other than Richmond, Carlton, Hawthorn or North Melbourne had won the premiership. The dominance of these few clubs and mounting financial problems for several clubs resulted in the VFL adopting an equalisation policy, centred around the player draft and salary cap measures.


In 1988, Melbourne made its first appearance in a Grand Final since 1964, but it wasn't a memorable return to the big stage. Hawthorn crushed an underdog Melbourne side by 96 points, the then biggest Grand Final win in history, a record which stood until 2007.


In what many believe to be the finest VFL/AFL Grand Final of the modern era, Hawthorn overcame a strong challenge from Geelong in 1989. It was a physical game right from the start when Geelong's Mark Yeates ran through Dermott Brereton at the opening bounce, bruising Brereton's kidney and causing internal bleeding. In a courageous display, Brereton refused to leave the ground and marked and goaled several minutes later to stem Geelong's attempt to establish superiority. Later heavy clashes would see John Platten knocked out and Robert DiPierdomenico suffer broken ribs and a punctured lung. Despite a Grand Final record nine goals from Geelong's Gary Ablett, Hawthorn still went on to win by six points. Dermott Brereton (born August 19, 1964) is a former champion Australian rules football player in the Australian Football League. ... John Patrick The Rat Platten (born March 17, 1963 in South Australia) is a former Australian rules footballer. ... Robert Dipper DiPierdomenico (born May 5, 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer in the VFL/AFL of Italian descent. ... For his son of the same name, see Gary Ablett, Jr. ...


1990s - Australian Football League

Former AFL Logo (1990-99)
Former AFL Logo (1990-99)

To reflect the steps towards a national competition, the VFL was renamed as the Australian Football League in 1990. The VFL name disappeared until it was adopted by the AFL's state feeder competition which was the most recent incarnation of the former VFA. Image File history File links OldAFL.png Licensing This is a logo of a corporation, sports team, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Image File history File links OldAFL.png Licensing This is a logo of a corporation, sports team, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ...


Collingwood won the inaugural AFL premiership in 1990, ending a drought of near misses that had seen the club lose grand finals in 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981. By 1990 Collingwood had played in 36 Grand Finals, just under 40% of all grand finals played.


1990 also saw the Port Adelaide Magpies make a bid for an AFL licence. In response, a team called the Adelaide Crows was formed which was awarded the licence and joined the league in 1991. That same year the Grand Final was played at Waverley Park for first and only time as the MCG underwent redevelopment. This game was also the first time that a team based outside the state of Victoria, Australia - West Coast Eagles - contested the Grand Final, only to be outclassed by a Hawthorn side coming to the end of their era of dominance. The Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club - the Magpies - is South Australias most successful Australian Rules Football club. ... The Adelaide Football Club, nicknamed the Crows, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Adelaide, South Australia. ... West Coast Eagles Football Club is an Australian rules football club competing in the Australian Football League. ...


With Adelaide bringing the number of teams to 15, the final six was introduced in 1991. In 1992, Waverley Park was renamed "AFL Park" and the West Coast Eagles became the first non-Victorian team to win a premiership, beating Geelong. 1992 was also the final year the Brisbane Bears called Carrara Stadium home, as they moved to the Brisbane Cricket Ground at Woolloongabba (commonly known as The 'Gabba) in time for the 1993 season.


In 1994, the Fremantle Football Club was formed in Western Australia to represent the strong history of Australian Football in Fremantle and played its first game in the AFL in 1995. That year, the first Western Derby was played between the two Western Australian based teams, beginning a fierce local rivalry with West Coast dominating until Fremantle broke the shackles in their 10th meeting in 1999. Carlton made the record books by winning its 16th premiership after 16 consecutive wins and only two losses for the entire season. Fremantle Football Club, nicknamed The Dockers and known informally as Freo, is one of 16 teams in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... Fremantle redirects here. ...


Some of the rule changes of the decade included:

  • In 1994, a third field umpire was introduced.
  • In 1994, the McIntyre Final Eight System system was introduced.
  • A fourth interchange player was added for the 1998 season, increasing match day squads to 22 players.

In 1996, the VFL/AFL celebrated its centenary. One round of games featured a repeat of the games in Round 1, 1897, with players wearing replicas of the guernseys worn 100 years earlier. Late in the season, after it looked like the Fitzroy Lions would succumb to financial problems and merge with North Melbourne, the AFL dramatically announced that Brisbane Bears would merge with Fitzroy and play as the Brisbane Lions from 1997[9]. North Melbourne recovered from being jilted, and became the only team to win the once-off gold premiership cup by defeating Sydney, which had not played in a Grand Final since 1945 (when they competed as South Melbourne). The McIntyre Final Eight System was devised by Ken McIntyre in addition to the McIntyre Four, Five and Six systems. ... Brisbane Lions logo The Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) are an Australian Football League club, formed from the post-1996 merger of the Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy, the Lions. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) is an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ...


Later in 1996, an attempt to merge Melbourne and Hawthorn to form the Melbourne Hawks made headlines, but failed to eventuate. Ross Oakley stepped down as the AFL's Chief Executive and was replaced by Wayne Jackson. The AFL also rejected bids from Queensland club Southport Sharks and the Tasmanian government to enter teams. The Melbourne Hawks was a planned Australian Football League team that would have consisted of the merger between the Melbourne and Hawthorn Football Clubs at the end of the 1996 season. ... Southport Australian Football Club, also known as the Southport Sharks, is a Gold Coast based club competing in the AFL Queensland Australian rules football competition. ... Slogan or Nickname: Island of Inspiration; The Apple Isle; Holiday Isle Motto(s): Ubertas et Fidelitas (Fertility and Faithfulness) Other Australian states and territories Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product...


In 1997, the Port Adelaide Magpies were finally awarded a licence to join the AFL as the Port Adelaide Power, coinciding with the Brisbane/Fitzroy merger to keep the league a 16 team competition. The inaugural Showdown occurred in that year, with Port Adelaide causing an upset victory over Adelaide. who recovered from the shock and went on to win the first of two consecutive premierships and became the first side in history to win four finals in one series and win the premiership. St. Kilda, after finishing on top and winning the minor premiership were playing in their first Grand Final since 1971. Adelaide their opponent, went on to win the first of two consecutive premierships and became the first side in history to win four finals in one series and win the premiership. The Footscray Bulldogs were renamed the Western Bulldogs, in order to reflect the club's representation of Melbourne's western suburbs. 1997 was a year in which the perennial underdogs prospered. St Kilda, the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide all shot up the ladder, renewing the spirits of their clubs, and the competition. The Port Adelaide Magpies Football Club - the Magpies - is South Australias most successful Australian Rules Football club. ... Port Adelaide Football Club logo Port Adelaide Football Club is an Australian rules football club, nicknamed The Power in the Australian Football League (AFL), and nicknamed The Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL). ... The Showdown is a term used to refer to the derby match between local rivals the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide in the sport of Australian rules football in the Australian Football League. ... The Western Bulldogs, formerly referred to as the Footscray Football Club, is an Australian Football League (AFL) club based at the Whitten Oval in Footscray, an inner western suburb of Melbourne. ...


Adelaide repeated its feats of a year before to win the premiership (after losing their first finals match to Melbourne), beating favourites North Melbourne. North had major goal scoring problems in the match and had a dismal second half. Andrew McLeod won his second Norm Smith Medal in two years, and the Adelaide Crows became the first team since Richmond in 1921 to turn their maiden Premiership into a double the following season. The International Rules series against the Gaelic Athletic Association was rekindled in 1998, after the series was erased from the league fixtures following 1990. Wayne Carey skippered one of the league's finest teams, including Nathan Buckley, Robert Harvey, Matthew Lloyd and Mark Ricciuto. Andrew Luke McLeod (born August 4, 1976) is an Australian rules football player in the Australian Football League of Aboriginal descent, and is number 23 of the Adelaide Football Club. ... The Norm Smith Medal is the award given in AFL grand final to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the match. ... For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... Wayne Carey (born May 27, 1971), is regarded as one of the greatest Australian rules football players of all time. ... Nathan Buckley (born July 26, 1972) is a former Australian rules football player and captain of the Collingwood Football Club. ... Robert Harvey (born August 21, 1971) is an Australian football player. ... For the racing cyclist, see Matthew Lloyd (cyclist). ... Mark Anthony Ricciuto (born June 8, 1975) is a former Australian rules football player, who represented the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League. ...


In 1999, the league sold Waverley Park stadium and used the funds in a joint venture to begin construction of a brand-new stadium situated at Melbourne's Docklands. The league announced the last AFL State of Origin match (with Victoria thumping South Australia on a wet day at the MCG), its intentions to instead to focus on the new national league. Finishing in sixth place at the end of the regular season, Carlton fought hard in the finals and recorded a remarkable one-point upset victory in the Preliminary Final against Essendon. In what was the final Grand Final of the 20th century, the Blues lined up against North Melbourne who the same year had renamed themselves as the "Kangaroos" in order to appeal to a national audience. A competitive game up to half time, the Roos, with thanks to Norm Smith Medallist Shannon Grant, ran away with the game and the premiership by 35 points. Waverley Park (formerly VFL Park and then AFL Park) was an often controversial Australian rules football stadium in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... The Melbourne Docklands is a new inner city suburb and Urban renewal project in Melbourne, Australia. ... State of Origin is the name used in Australia for sporting events or other competitions which involve teams from different States or Territories. ... Shannon Grant (born April 19, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer who is known as one of the premier midfielders in the AFL. He began his career at the Sydney Swans in 1995 before moving to the Kangaroos in 1998 and being a part of their 1999 premiership side. ...


2000s

The AFL logo was again changed in 2000, with a new look for the new millennium. The competition's two most bitter rivals, Collingwood and Carlton, signed off on the 1900s with the 'Millennium Match', played at the MCG on New Years Eve. As a spectacle, the runners up in the previous season's Grand Final flogged the 16th placed Magpies, with Brendan Fevola supplying Blues fans with a taste of things to come, booting 12 goals. The first indoor AFL match was held at Docklands Stadium, now Telstra Dome, in round one of 2000. In the first game at the new venue, Essendon crushed Port Adelaide by 94 points. It was a sign of things to come, as Essendon lost only one match for the entire season equaling Collingwood's team of 1929 (dubbed "The Machine"), and one of the highest percentages at 159.1%. They faced Melbourne in the Grand Final and belted them by 60 points. Skipper James Hird was awarded the Norm Smith Medal, capping off a fine season following three successive injury plagued campaigns; Matthew Lloyd took out the Coleman Medal after breaking the 100 goal barrier for the first time in his career, and Melbourne's previously unheralded Shane Woewodin was a surprise winner of the Brownlow Medal. Collingwood Football Club, officially nicknamed The Magpies, is an Australian rules football club involved, and playing in the Australian Football League. ... Carlton Football Club, nicknamed The Blues, is the sixth oldest Australian rules football club and the third oldest club in the Australian Football League. ... Brendan Fev Fevola (born January 20, 1981) is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing with the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League. ... The Telstra Dome by day Telstra Dome is a stadium in the developing Docklands precinct of Melbourne, Australia, that caters for both sporting and entertainment events. ... Essendons Home and Clash Jumpers Essendon Football Club, nicknamed The Bombers, is an Australian rules football club that is part of the Australian Football League. ... This article is about the Australian Football League club. ... Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed The Demons, is an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League, based in Melbourne, Victoria. ... James Alan Hird (born February 4, 1973) is an Australian former Australian rules footballer and captain of the Essendon Football Club. ... The Norm Smith Medal is the award given in AFL grand final to the player adjudged by an independent panel of experts to have been the best player in the match. ... For the racing cyclist, see Matthew Lloyd (cyclist). ... The Coleman Medal is awarded yearly to the Australian Football League player who kicks the most goals in regular-season matches in that year. ... Shane Woewodin (born July 12, 1976) is an Australian rules football player who played 200 games with Collingwood and Melbourne. ... The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is the medal awarded to the best and fairest player in the Australian Football League during the regular season (ie not including finals matches) as decided upon by umpires. ...


Season 2001 was the first of several seasons of dominance by the non-Victorian teams. The Brisbane Lions won the first of their historic three successive premierships, becoming the first team north of the Murray River to win a premiership, and non-Victorian team to win more than two on the trot. The changing of the guard from Essendon's dominance took place in a famed clash at the Gabba in round 10 with the Lions overcoming Kevin Sheedy's men by 28 points. It was the first of the Lions record 19 victories in succession. Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Richmond all made significant inroads in 2001, the Hawks falling short by a mere nine points against Essendon in the Preliminary Final, Trent Croad's shot for goal in the dying minutes looked destined to put the Hawks into the decider, before it swung into the goalpost. Paul Barnard sealed the win, albeit an unconvincing one, with several Bombers heading into the Grand Final seven days later under injury clouds. After a closely contested first half, Brisbane streaked away in the third term to record a 26 point victory in the Grand Final, sparking jubilation from fans of Fitzroy and Brisbane Bears, who were finally brought together in arguably the spiritual completion of the 1996 merger. Rover Shaun Hart was awarded the Norm Smith Medal, Lion maverick Jason Akermanis took home the Brownlow Medal, whilst Lloyd was again the John Coleman Medallist, once more notching up his ton in the Qualifying Final, on this occasion against Richmond at the MCG. The season was also notable as it was the 45th and final season of the television broadcast rights remaining in the hands of Channel Seven, with Channels 9, 10 and pay-TV operator Foxtel granted the rights for 2002-2006. The Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club (the trading name for the Brisbane Bears-Fitzroy Football Club) are an Australian Football League club based in Brisbane, Queensland. ... Kevin John Sheedy AM (born December 24, 1947) was the coach of AFL club Essendon, and a former player for Richmond. ... This article is about the Australian Football League club. ... Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed The Hawks, are an Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... This page is about the Aussie rules club. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Paul Barnard (born February 13, 1973) is a former Australian rules footballer who played from 1994 until 2003. ... Fitzroy Football Club, most recently nicknamed The Lions, was an Australian rules football club formed in 1883 to represent the inner Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy, Victoria and was a foundation member club of the Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) on its inception in 1897. ... Brisbane Bears were an Australian rules football Club and was the first Queensland-based club in the Victorian Football League. ... Shaun Hart (born 17 May 1971) is a three-time Australian Football League premiership-winning utility player for the Brisbane Lions. ... Jason Aka Akermanis (born February 24, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer for the Western Bulldogs Football Club. ... Channel Seven is an Australian television channel broadcasted by the Seven Network. ...


The 2002 season was one of the closest on record, with a change in the status quo taking place. Hawthorn and Richmond both missed out on their share in the September action, and Collingwood finally emerged from a seven year exile from finals action. Carlton, too, suffered from winds of change, winning the first Wooden Spoon in the club's history, a season which terminated the coaching career of Wayne Brittain, John Elliot's ruling as president, and paved the way for Denis Pagan to leave the Kangaroos for Optus Oval. Brisbane, however, were at the peak of their powers, and along with Port Adelaide vied for top spot on the league table for much of the season, a battle resolved in the final round at AAMI Stadium, when Power onballer Roger James snapped the match winning goal with a minute remaining. The season began in a media frenzy, with North Melbourne captain, and arguably the greatest footballer of the 1990s, Wayne Carey, quitting the Kangaroos after an off field uproar. In the face of adversity, the Roos stuck tight, and the famed Shinboner Spirit continued to prosper, as veterans Anthony Stevens, Glenn Archer and David King helped propel their side back into the September action, only to have their year cut short by Melbourne in the Elimination Final, marking the end of John Blakey's career as a player, and Pagan's 10 year tenure at Arden Street. The brave young Magpies began the season in strong form, before striking an end of season slump, which saw them win only one of their final four matches of the premiership season. The form table was swung dramatically in the first week of the finals, as they shell-shocked Port Adelaide in foreign territory in South Australia in the Qualifying Final. The Magpies were superb early, and held off a late Power surge to secure a home Preliminary Final. The win was achieved sans hamstrung skipper Nathan Buckley, with Paul Licuria admirably filling his sizeable breach with a heroic 40 disposals. The Magpies had an unfortunate setback though, when courageous debutant Jason Cloke was suspended for two matches for a clumsy yet honest strike on Crow Tyson Edwards. He was to miss the biggest day of the year, in a cruel twist of fate for a youngster who had not missed a match since his debut in round two against the Eagles. The Grand Final was an absorbing contest from start to finish, with Brisbane finishing the day only nine points ahead of Collingwood on a sodden, overcast day. The final margin was the largest of the entire match, making it one of the closest Grand Finals in history. It was the little known Magpie second tier which caught the Lions off guard early, the experienced bodies of Glenn Freeborn, Rupert Betheras and Steve McKee, combined with the strong tackling of Scott Burns unsettling the normally unflappable Lions. Not to be outdone, Brisbane ruckman Clark Keating rose to the fore following an injury to teammate Beau McDonald, controlling the centre bounces, while Nigel Lappin and Alistair Lynch threatened all afternoon. However, the biggest battle was left to the two biggest names, opposing skippers Nathan Buckley and Michael Voss slugging it out for not only the Norm Smith Medal, but the flag itself. Although Buckley finished the day with the Norm Smith dangling around his neck, it was Voss who held the "Holy Grail" aloft at the days end. Wayne Brittain is a former coach of the Australian Football League. ... Sir John Elliot (1898 – 1988) was a British transport and railway manager. ... Denis Pagan (born 24 September 1947) is an Australian rules football coach and former player. ... NMFC redirects here. ... AAMI Stadium, formerly known as Football Park, is an Australian Rules Football stadium located in West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia. ... 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Season 2003 was, to an extent, a continuation of the previous season, in terms of form, however it was also a year of transition, when Andrew Demetriou was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the league, with Wayne Jackson (1997-2003) stepping down from his role. The season saw one highly emotional moment on 6 June, when Jason McCartney returned to play for North Melbourne after suffering life-threatening burns in the 2002 Bali bombing; he retired immediately after the game was won against Richmond. The status quo remained at the top of the ladder, with Collingwood acting as the premiership favourite for much of the season, whilst Port Adelaide and Brisbane were snapping at their heels. At season's end, all six non-Victorian teams filled positions in the top eight, Collingwood (2nd) and Essendon (8th) the only teams from the "homeland" to keep a foothold in the helter-skelter of league football. The Magpies overcame their bogey side, the Lions, in a tense Qualifying Final, with thanks to Alan Didak's magical left foot goals late in the last quarter. Earning a two week break, the Magpies steamrolled the Power in the Preliminary Final to the tune of 44-points to book their second Grand Final in as many seasons, which was played against, once again, Brisbane. The Lions, after their defeat at the hands of the Magpies in the first week of the finals series, were forced to take the long road home, accounting for Adelaide on home soil before overrunning the Swans at Telstra Stadium. Sydney had earned their home Preliminary Final with their shock victory over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium in the First Preliminary Final, a victory which ensured that the Power had much work to do to do away with their take as 'chokers'. Despite going in as favourites, and equipped with Brownlow Medallist Nathan Buckley, who shared it with Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto and Sydney's Adam Goodes, the Magpies Grand Final preparations were turned upside down by the suspension of their centre half forward, Anthony Rocca, who was booked and suspended for two weeks for striking Port's Brendon Lade the week prior. Collingwood appeared to be all at sea on the biggest day of the year, in contrast to their efforts of the previous title tilt, the experienced Brisbane flogged the Magpies, winning their third consecutive premiership by 50-points, a win highlighted by a Grand Final record 39 disposals from Simon Black, and five incredible goals from livewire Jason Akermanis. Brisbane became the first team since Melbourne in the 1950s to win three consecutive premierships. Andrew Demetriou (born April 14, 1961) is the chief executive officer of the Australian Football League and a former Australian rules footballer of Greek-Cypriot heritage. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the professional cyclist, see Jason McCartney (cyclist). ... The 2002 Bali bombing occurred on October 12, 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. ... Alan Didak (born February 15, 1983) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. ... Nathan Buckley (born July 26, 1972) is a former Australian rules football player and captain of the Collingwood Football Club. ... Mark Anthony Ricciuto (born June 8, 1975) is a former Australian rules football player, who represented the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League. ... Adam Goodes (born January 8, 1980 in Wallaroo, South Australia[1]) is an Australian rules football player and dual Brownlow Medal winner. ... Anthony Rocca (born August 15, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer who has played with the Sydney Swans and Collingwood in the AFL. Of Italian descent, Rocca is the younger brother of fellow Australian rules footballer and former teammate Saverio Rocca. ... Brendon Lade (born July 10, 1976 on Kangaroo Island, Australia ) is an Australian rules footballer. ... Simon Black (born April 3, 1979) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. ... Jason Aka Akermanis (born February 24, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer for the Western Bulldogs Football Club. ...


The 2004 season was another dominated by the non-Victorian teams, so much so that it was the first Grand final in history not contested by a Victorian team. The Brisbane Lions were out to get their fourth consecutive premiership, however it was Port Adelaide that took home the cup. The Power overran the tiring Brisbane outfit ending its reign as kings of the AFL jungle.


2005 saw a very defensive style of play dominate and the longest premiership drought in history broken. It was the first time in 72 years, and the first time since the relocated from South Melbourne, that Sydney Swans took home the cup. In a tightly fought contest from start to finish, Sydney defeated the West Coast Eagles by four points, one of the lowest scoring Grand Finals in history and the closest final scores since 1966, made possible by a memorable mark from Swan's defender Leo Barry in the dying seconds that halted a late charge by the Eagles. Leo Barry (born May 19, 1977) is an Australian rules footballer in the AFL with the Sydney Swans. ...


A series of new rule changes were introduced for the 2006 season intended to speed up the game, including allowing the ball to be brought back into play immediately after a point is scored (instead of waiting for goal umpires to wave their flag) and limiting the time allowed for players with a mark to kick for goal to 30 seconds. The Swans and Eagles had built a close rivalry with the Eagles beating the Swans during the season by only four points. In the first Qualifying final, Sydney took their revenge by earning a weeks rest by only one point. The Grand Final was another carbon copy, with the Swans and Eagles facing off again in the decider. This time it was the West Coast Eagles who triumphed by one point, exacting revenge on the Sydney Swans also for the 2005 Grand Final defeat.


In 2007, the Geelong Cats had one of the most dominating seasons in the competition's history. After finishing the home and away season three games clear in first place, winning 19 of the last 20 matches including 15 in a row, having a record nine All-Australian players and winning most of the individual awards including the Brownlow Medal, AFL Rising Star, Leigh Matthews Trophy and the J. J. Liston Trophy (VFL B&F), they competed the finals series with only one close match. After doing away with an unexpected Kangaroos outfit in the first week, whom had been plagued with board instability and pressure to relocate to the Gold Coast, the Cats faced up against Collingwood two weeks later in the preliminary for a close fought match. The Magpie made it only by beating the Eagles in Perth the week before in extra time. The Grand Final then saw Geelong end their 44 year premiership drought with a record breaking 119 point victory over Port Adelaide with Steve Johnson winning the Norm Smith Medal.[10] Geelong Football Club logo The Geelong Football Club is a football club in the Australian Football League (AFL). ... The All-Australian Team is an all star team of Australian rules footballers, selected by a panel at the end of each season. ... The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is the medal awarded to the best and fairest player in the Australian Football League during the regular season (ie not including finals matches) as decided upon by umpires. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... The Leigh Matthews Trophy is an annual award given by the AFL Players Association to the Most Valuable Player in the Australian Football League. ... The J. J. Liston Trophy is awarded to the best and fairest senior player in the Victorian Football League (formerly the VFA). ... This article is about the Australian Football League club. ...


Future

In December 2007, the Kangaroos declined an AFL offer of subsidies to relocate to Queensland. The AFL then announced that the league would begin work on a 17th club, to open in Queensland (most likely based at Carrara Stadium with some home games at the Gabba) in 2010 or 2011, however the AFL signed an agreement with the Gabba and state government stating when the Gabba's capacity was increased that any new Queensland based club must be based there. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Carrara Stadium or Carrara Sports Complex is a sporting venue on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, located in the suburb of Carrara. ...


In February 2008 the AFL announced plans to increase the competition to 18 clubs by 2012 with one team on the Gold Coast and one in Sydney's west, both areas with established National Rugby League teams are located and where rugby league is the most popular sport. [2] However, Tasmania has launched a bid for one of the two licenses on offer. The National Rugby League (NRL) is the top league of professional rugby league football clubs in Australasia. ... Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played with a prolate spheroid-shaped ball by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ...


Individual awards

Major annual awards

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Team of the Century

To celebrate the 100th season of the AFL, the "AFL Team of the Century" was named in 1996.

AFL Team of the Century
B: Bernie Smith (Geelong) Stephen Silvagni (Carlton) John Nicholls (Carlton)
HB: Bruce Doull (Carlton) Ted Whitten (Footscray); Captain Kevin Murray (Fitzroy)
C: Francis Bourke (Richmond) Ian Stewart (St Kilda/Richmond) Keith Greig (North Melbourne)
HF: Alex Jesaulenko (Carlton/St Kilda) Royce Hart (Richmond) Dick Reynolds (Essendon)
F: Leigh Matthews (Hawthorn) John Coleman (Essendon) Haydn Bunton, Sr. (Fitzroy)
Foll: Graham Farmer (Geelong) Ron Barassi (Melbourne/Carlton) Bob Skilton (South Melbourne)
Int: Gary Ablett, Sr. (Hawthorn/Geelong) Jack Dyer (Richmond) Greg Williams (Geelong/Sydney/Carlton)
Coach: Norm Smith(coached Fitzroy / Melbourne / South Melbourne)

Jack Elder was declared the Umpire of the Century to coincide with the Team of the Century. Since the naming of this side, most AFL clubs have nominated their own teams of the century. An Indigenous Team of the Century was also selected in 2005, featuring the best Aboriginal players of the previous 100 years from both the VFL/AFL and other state leagues. The positions as seen on an oval In the sport of Australian rules football, each of the eighteen players in a team are assigned to a particular named position on the field of play. ... Bernie Smith is a former Australian rules footballer in the SANFL and VFL, who is perhaps best remembered as one of the greatest back pockets in the history of the game. ... Geelong Football Club (also known as Geelong, or The Cats) are an Australian professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Victoria at Kardinia Park, known by its sponsored name Skilled Stadium. 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VFL/AFL records

Main article: List of VFL/AFL records
See also: Australian rules football attendance records
  • Highest winning margin in a grand final
    119 points - Geelong 24.19 (163) def Port Adelaide 6.8 (44)
    MCG, September 27, 2007
  • Highest score
    Geelong 37.17 (239) def Brisbane Bears 11.9 (75)
    Carrara Oval, May 3, 1992
  • Highest winning margin
    190 points - Fitzroy 36.22 (238) def Melbourne 6.12 (48)
    Waverley Park, July 28, 1979
  • Highest aggregate score
    52.33 (345) - Melbourne 21.15 (141) wdb St Kilda 31.18 (204)
    MCG, May 6, 1978
  • Highest score in one quarter
    South Melbourne - 17.4 (106) vs. St Kilda 0.0 (0) in 4th quarter
    Lake Oval, July 26, 1919
  • Largest crowd
    Carlton v Collingwood - 121,696
    MCG, September 26, 1970 (Grand Final)
  • Largest Home & Away Season crowd
    Melbourne v Collingwood - 99,346
    MCG, 1958
  • Largest crowd for a game between a Victorian and non-Victorian club
    Adelaide Crows v St Kilda Saints - 98,828
    MCG, September 27, 1997 (Grand Final)
  • Largest crowd for a game between non-Victorian clubs
    West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans - 97,431
    MCG, September 30, 2006 (Grand Final)
  • Largest International crowd
    Melbourne v Sydney - 32,789
    B.C. Place, Vancouver, Canada, 1987
  • Most premierships
    Carlton 16, most recent 1995, Essendon 16, most recent 2000
  • Most last placed finishes at the end of the Home and Away Season
    St Kilda - 27
  • Most consecutive premierships
    Collingwood - 4
    1927-1930
  • Most games won in a season
    Essendon - 24 (incl. finals)
    2000
  • Most consecutive Grand Final appearances
    Hawthorn (7 between 1983 and 1989) and Melbourne (7 between 1954 and 1960)
  • Most consecutive Finals appearances
    Hawthorn (13 between 1982 and 1994)
  • Most consecutive Preliminary Finals appearances
    North Melbourne (8 between 1993 and 2000)
  • Most consecutive wins
    Geelong - 23
    1952-1953
  • Most consecutive games unbeaten
    Geelong - 26
    1952-1953
  • Most consecutive losses
    University - 51 (1911-1914)
  • Most games played in a career
    Michael Tuck (Hawthorn) - 426 games
  • Most games as club captain
    Stephen Kernahan (Carlton) - 226 games
  • Most goals in a career
    Tony Lockett (St Kilda/Sydney) - 1,360 goals
  • Most goals in a game
    Fred Fanning (Melbourne) - 18 goals
  • Most goals in a season
    Bob Pratt (South Melbourne, 1934) and Peter Hudson (Hawthorn, 1971) - 150 goals
  • Most consecutive matches
    Jim Stynes (Melbourne) - 244
  • Most consecutive matches from debut
    Jared Crouch (Sydney) - 194 (Ended Rd 13, 2006 due to unknown injury)
  • Tallest player
    Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle), Peter Street (Western Bulldogs) - 211cm
  • Shortest player
    James "Nipper" Bradford (Kangaroos/Collingwood) - 154cm
  • Heaviest player
    Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) - 124 kg
  • Longest kick
    Albert Thurgood (Essendon) - 98.48m (109 yards, 1 foot, 3.2 inches)
  • Heaviest Suspension
    Doug Fraser and Alex Lang (Carlton) - 99 matches (bribery) from 1910-1915 (John Bourke of Collingwood was suspended for 10 years plus 16 matches (numerous offences) in the reserves competition from 1985-1996)
  • Heaviest fine imposed on club
    AUD$987,000 imposed on Carlton F.C. 2002 (gross salary cap breaches)
  • Heaviest fine imposed on player
    AUD$40,000 imposed on Simon Goodwin of Adelaide F.C. 2007 (gambling on AFL matches)
  • Biggest post AFL/VFL career tv appearance
    Michael Laffy (The Mole)

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Representative football

International

Each year, the AFL's representative team plays the Gaelic Athletic Association in a compromise rules game - International rules football - as part of the International Rules Series. This has been called off for a while because of incidents in the last few series involving players. International Rules Football match at the Telstra Dome - Australia vs Ireland. ... For other uses, see GAA (disambiguation). ... International Rules Football match at the Telstra Dome - Australia vs Ireland. ...


State

There is currently no official state representation for AFL players, but Interstate and State of Origin matches took place between 1879 and 1999. Despite calls for the return of the concept [11], the popularity of the E. J. Whitten Legends charity event and the popularity of Rugby League State of Origin, a return of the representation series is an unpopular idea with the AFL clubs and ultimately unlikely as the competition becomes more national and the International Rules series continues. In recent years, the WAFC and SANFL have named symbolic State of Origin Teams of the Year, to publicly acknowledge the best AFL players from each state. Australian rules football matches between teams representing Australian colonies/states and territories have been held since 1879. ... State of Origin is the name used in Australia for sporting events or other competitions which involve teams from different States or Territories. ... The E. J. Whitten Legends Game is an annual charity Australian rules football match, where retired star players are reunited, along with selected non-footballing celebrities, in a State of Origin interstate game, between Victoria and the All Stars (representing the rest of Australia). ... Players are selected to play for the state in which they played their first senior football, hence the name state of origin. Prior to 1980 players were selected for interstate matches on the basis of where they were playing their club football at the time. ... The West Australian Football Commission is the governing body of Australian rules football in the state of Western Australia. ... The South Australian National Football League, or SANFL as it is usually referred to, is the premier league for Australian Rules football in the state of South Australia. ...


The AFL has confirmed that there will be a 2008 State of Origin style match to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the codification of Australian rules football. It will be a Victoria V. All-Stars match (rather than the much-hoped traditional format i.e. Vic, Sa, WA, Tasmania) at the MCG during the first bye weekend of season 2008. Victoria will be coached by Geelong's 2007 premiership coach Mark Thompson and captained by Brisbane Lions star forward Johnathan Brown, whilst the All-Stars will be coached by Port Adelaide coach Mark Williams and captained by Adelaide's creative midfielder Andrew McLeod. Each side will be composed of 25 players rather than the usual 22 with 18 players on the field (the same amount as a normal match) and 7 on the bench (up 3 from a normal match). The AFL have stated that the chances of this match being repeated in the future (past the 150 years celebration of the game in 2008) is minimal.


Administration

The AFL Commission is responsible for the administration of the AFL. It was established in December 1985 after club parochialism and self interest threatened to undermine the competition.


The Commission's chairman is Mike Fitzpatrick, a former Subiaco and Carlton player, and the Chief Executive is Andrew Demetriou. After playing for North Melbourne and Hawthorn, Demetriou had a successful business career before returning to the football world as chief executive of the AFL Players Association. He then crossed to the AFL as Manager of Football Operations before succeeding Wayne Jackson. Michael Mike Fitzpatrick Michael is an Australian businessman, former Merchant Banker, former champion Carlton footballer in the VFL/AFL, and champion Subiaco footballer in the West Australian Football League. ... Andrew Demetriou (born April 14, 1961) is the chief executive officer of the Australian Football League and a former Australian rules footballer of Greek-Cypriot heritage. ... The AFL Players Association is a body that consists of players and former players in the Australian Football League. ...


The Commission's composition remains almost exclusively Victorian based with one exception, Bob Hammond from South Australia.


In addition to administering the national competition, the AFL is heavily involved in promoting and developing the sport in Australia. It provides funds for local leagues and in conjunction with local clubs, administers the Auskick program for young boys and girls. 2007 NAB Auskick logo AusKick taking place during the half time break of an AFL game at Telstra Dome. ...


The AFL also plays a leading role in developing the game outside Australia, with projects to develop the game at junior level in other countries eg South Africa) and by supporting affiliated competitions around the world (See Australian football around the world). While Australian rules football is a major spectator sport only in Australia (except for occasional exhibition games staged in other countries), in the late 1980s small amateur competitions were attempted in countries such as New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, France, the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Papua New Guinea...


The players of the AFL are represented by the AFL Players Association. The AFL Players Association is a body that consists of players and former players in the Australian Football League. ...


Audience

Attendance

The following are the most recent season attendances:

Year Home and Away Average Finals1 Average1 Grand Final
2007 6,475,521² 36,793 575,424 63,936 97,302
2006 6,204,056 35,250 532,178 59,131 97,531
2005 6,283,788 35,703 480,112 53,346 91,898 ³
2004 5,909,836 33,579 458,326 50,925 77,671³
2003 5,876,515 33,389 478,425 53,158 79,451³
2002 5,648,021 32,091 449,445 49,938 91,817
2001 5,919,026 33,631 525,993 58,444 91,482
2000 5,731,091 32,563 566,562 62,951 96,249
1999 5,768,611 32,776 472,007 52,445 94,228
1998 6,119,861 34,772 572,733 63,637 94,431
1997 5,853,449 33,258 560,406 62,267 99,645
1996 5,222,266 29,672 478,773 53,197 93,102
1995 5,119,694 29,089 594,919 66,102 93,670

1 Finals total and Finals average include Grand Final crowds.
² Record.
³ Capacity reduced due to MCG refurbishment. For the 2007 Arena Football League season, see 2007 Arena Football League season. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2006. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2005. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2004. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2003. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2002. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2001. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2000. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1999. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1998. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1997. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 1996. ... // North Melbourne defeated Adelaide 14. ...


Television

Australian television

The official free-to-air television partners of the AFL are the Seven Network and Network Ten. They own the rights to all eight matches per round, but have on-sold four of those to pay-TV providers Foxtel and Austar, meaning only two are actually shown on each network. Fox Sports shows the other four matches exclusively live across Australia and replays for all eight matches. The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... Foxtel is a subscription television company in Australia, formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation. ... An Austar Remote Austar is an Australian telecommunications company. ... Fox Sports is an Australian group of sports channels. ...


In a complicated arrangement, Seven holds exclusive rights to Friday Night Football in all the southern states where it is shown at 8:30pm local time. In NSW and Queensland (except Gold Coast region where it is shown live on Seven affiliate Prime Television), the game is broadcast live on Fox (effectively a fifth match) through the Main Event channel, and delayed on Seven at different times into different regions of the two states. Seven also shows the Sunday mid-afternoon game live or on delay depending on the market. Ten shows one Saturday afternoon and one Saturday night match live or on delay depending on the market, the same as under the previous deal. Fox however shares first choice of game for the "match of the day" Saturday afternoon and Saturday night matches, and have exclusive access to the early Sunday afternoon game and twilight Sunday game. In Victoria, if the early Sunday game is played at Canberra, Launceston or the Gold Coast, Seven replays the match at about 10.30pm that night. South Australia and Western Australia also have the privilege of most of their local clubs' away matches being shown live or near live on FTA TV through Fox, even if Fox is scheduled to show it live.[12] In Australia, Friday Night Football is the broadcasting of both the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) Friday night matches on television. ... Prime Television is an Australian television network affiliated to the Seven Network in regional New South Wales, the ACT, and Victoria and in Western Australia as Golden West Network. ... Main Event is Australias only pay-per-view channel. ...


The Grand Final was broadcast on Ten in 2007, and alternate between the two FTA networks until 2011, meaning Ten will screen three Grand Finals to Seven's two. As a consolation, Seven screened the Brownlow medal count, the Pre-Season Grand Final and had their choice of the best finals throughout the finals series in the years they don't broadcast the Grand Final. Ten will have the same privilege in 2008 and 2010.[13] The Charles Brownlow Trophy, better known as the Brownlow Medal, is the medal awarded to the best and fairest player in the Australian Football League during the regular season (ie not including finals matches) as decided upon by umpires. ... The NAB Cup is the pre-season/night series Australian rules football competition of the Australian Football League, sponsored by National Australia Bank. ...


Ten have discussed moving the traditional AFL Grand Final to a twilight time (5:00 P.M) to increase viewers. However, this is unlikely given community support is against any changes. Ten have also announced that their Saturday Night and Finals matches will be shown in full high definition.


Telecast history

Before 2001, Seven had the exclusive rights to the AFL for 45 years. The only year Seven didn't hold the rights was 1987, when the rights were bought by Broadcom, which on-sold the rights to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Prior to this there were no exclusive television rights, and Seven shared the broadcast areas at venues with the ABC and also the Nine Network for a short period in the early 1970s. The exclusive rights were won back by Seven in 1988 after Sportsplay went out of business. The games were also shown on C7 Sport through Optus and Austar but not Foxtel. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... C7 Sport was a pay-TV service in Australia, owned and run by Kerry Stokes Seven Network. ...


In late 2000, the Seven Network's main rivals set up a consortium which won the rights. This resulted in matches being broadcast on Nine, Ten and Fox Footy Channel for the 2002-2006 seasons inclusive. Seven, however, purchased a guaranteed last rights bid which proved to be handy when the AFL invited bids for the rights to telecast the AFL after 2006. In January 2006, shortly after the death of media magnate Kerry Packer, a Seven/Ten alliance used Seven's last rights bid to match Nine's offer of $AUD 780 million for broadcast rights in what was the biggest sport telecasting deal in Australian history. The FOX Footy Channel was a channel exclusively dedicated to Australian rules football. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2002. ... Results and statistics for the Australian Football League season of 2006. ... Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer AC (17 December 1937 – 26 December 2005) was an Australian publishing, media and gaming tycoon. ...


The Nine/Ten/Fox Footy consortium saw the AFL telecast regularly on pay-TV, with three matches per round shown un-interrupted. These included one Saturday afternoon, one Saturday night, and one Sunday match. Nine screened Friday Night Football and two matches on Sunday - the 1pm match live, and a 4pm match on delay - while Ten showed a Saturday afternoon and a Saturday night match, with the live or delayed status depending on the viewers location in the country. In Australia, Friday Night Football is the broadcasting of both the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) Friday night matches on television. ...


Global telecasts

In 2007, after the record domestic television rights deal, the AFL secured an additional bonus, greater international television rights and increase exposure to overseas markets, including a 5 year deal with Setanta, and new deals with other overseas pay tv networks.[14]


The following countries are ranked by the approximate extent of their television coverage.

  • North America - The United States and Canada receive AFL telecast games but not on free-to-air channels. In the 1980s, ESPN telecast a highlights package called Fosters Australian Rules, and late-night coverage of Australian football became a cult hit on what was then a fledgling network. Fox Soccer Channel carried the licence since 2003, but in 2006, announced it was dropping the coverage of AFL games so that it could focus on soccer. However, fellow niche-sports network Setanta Sports North America picked up the rights, and now shows live coverage of the AFL in the United States, featuring at least 3 live games per week. MHz Worldview also shows a telescoped "Game of the Week" (one of the Setanta games, with pregame, intermissions, and postgame edited out) on Monday nights and the one-hour highlights package on Wednesday afternoons, both on a one-week delay. The AFANA is an organization aimed at increasing coverage in North America.
  • United Kingdom - AFL matches are not shown on free-to-air, however Sky Sports used to show a weekly highlights package with the Grand Final live. From 2007 Setanta Sports will show 2 or 3 live games, per week, during the season with a 1 hour highlights show.
  • Ireland - Setanta broadcasts 3 games per week live including all of the AFL Finals and the AFL Grand Final live. From 2008, selected NAB Cup games will be also live, while both Setanta and state broadcaster RTÉ televise the International Rules tests between Ireland and Australia. Irish language broadcaster TG4 airs highlights of the previous week's AFL matches free-to-air on Wednesdays.

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Radio

The official radio broadcast partners of the AFL are Triple M - The Premier Radio Broadcast Partner of the Australian Football League, K-Rock - The Premier Radio Broadcast Partner of the Geelong Football Club, 3AW, ABC Local Radio, FiveAA, 6PR, SEN, and 989fm in Brisbane. This article is about the radio station network. ... Former Logo of K-Rock K-Rock is a commercial FM radio station based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. ... 3AW is a radio station in Melbourne, Australia on 693KHz AM. It began transmission in February 1932 as Melbournes fifth commercial radio station. ... ABC Local Radio is a network of publicly-owned radio stations in Australia, operated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ... DMG Radio Australia operates commercial radio networks in metropolitan and regional areas of Australia. ... Southern Cross Broadcasting is a diversified Australian media company. ... SEN 1116 (callsign 3AK), the acronym standing for Sports Entertainment Network, is a commercial AM radio station based in Melbourne, Australia, operating on 1116 kHz. ...


Internet

The official internet/3G broadcast partner of the AFL is Bigpond. The AFL also provides exclusive broadband content including streaming video for international fans via its website. Bigpond also hosts the official websites of all the 16 AFL clubs excluding Essendon. Notable BigPond ad, 2005. ... Notable BigPond ad, 2005. ...


The service provided to international fans by Bigpond is very good. Video is available in as little as 12 hours after the game. Video quality is reasonable for internet protocol.


However, the website is frequently derided by users in Australia for its convoluted information architecture and bloated presentation.[15][16] Information architecture (IA) is the art and science of expressing a model or concept of information used in activities that require explicit details of complex systems. ... Software bloat, or bloatware, is a term used in both a neutral and disparaging sense, to describe the tendency of newer computer programs to be larger, or to use larger amounts of system resources (mass storage space, processing power or memory) than older versions of the same programs, without concomitant...


Corporate relations

Sponsorship

The following are the official naming sponsors of the VFL/AFL competition: VFL/AFL is the term used to refer to the competition established in 1897, which was originally known as the Victorian Football League. ...

¹Note: In 2001 CUB and Coca-Cola were joint sponsors Carlton and United Breweries is an Australian brewing company based in Abbotsford, Melbourne, Victoria. ... Holdens rule This article is about the Australian car manufacturer. ... Nissan Motor Co. ... Elders Limited is an Australian based agribusiness company. ... The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Publishing and print

The official print broadcast partner of the AFL is News Limited. The AFL Record is a match-day magazine published by the AFL and is read by around 225,000 people each week www.aflpublishing. News Limited was the principal holding for the business interests of Rupert Murdoch until the formation of News Corporation in 1979. ... The AFL Record (formerly Football Record, or the footy record) is the official program available on matchdays. ...


Membership

The AFL sells memberships that entitle subscribers to reserve seats for matches at the Telstra Dome and Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne. AFL members also receive priority access to finals. AFL Members can nominate a club to get priority Grand Final tickets. This page is for Telstra Dome, Melbourne. ... “MCG” redirects here. ...


Merchandising

The AFL runs a chain of stores that sell merchandise from all clubs. Merchandise is also available from other retailers.


AFL World

A modern museum called the Hall of Fame and Sensation opened in Melbourne in 2003 to celebrate the culture of the AFL and to provide a venue for the Australian Football Hall of Fame. The museum, a licensed off-shoot of the AFL, was originally touted for the MCG, but the Hall of Fame failed to get support from the Melbourne Cricket Club. The new QV shopping centre on Swanston Street was then chosen as the location. However, controversy followed the appointment of an administrator as the museum began running at a loss. Many blamed high entry prices, which were subsequently reduced, and the museum remains open to the public. In early 2006 the name was changed to AFL World. It features various honour boards and memorabilia as well as a range of innovative interactive displays designed to immerse visitors in the experience of elite Aussie Rules. The Australian Football Hall of Fame was established in 1996, the Centenary year of the Australian Football League, to help recognise the contributions made to the sport of Australian rules football by players, umpires, media personalities, coaches and administrators. ...


Video games

These are computer/video games that were licensed to use the AFL / Australian Football sports brand: The following is a list of all official computer games released in the sport of Australian rules football: (name, publisher, date of release, platforms, original format) Australian Rules Football (Alternative Software, 1989) ZX Spectrum/Amiga/Atari ST/Amstrad/Commodore 64, Cassette & Disk Aussie Rules Footy (Mattel, 1991) NES, cartridge AFL...

Australian rules football (also known as Aussie Rules or Footy) is a game played between two teams of 18 players, generally played on cricket ovals during the winter months. ... C-64 redirects here. ... A screenshot of Aussie Rules Footy, showing a player kicking for goal. ... “NES” redirects here. ... IBM PC compatible computers are those generally similar to the original IBM PC, XT, and AT. Such computers used to be referred to as PC clones, or IBM clones since they almost exactly duplicated all the significant features of the PC, XT, or AT internal design, facilitated by various manufacturers... For other uses, see PlayStation (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... AFL Live 2003 is a sport football/videogame for the Sony Playstation 2. ... PS2 redirects here. ... For the Xboxs successor, see Xbox 360. ... AFL Live 2004 is the 2004 edition of the Australian rules football game for the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox. ... AFL Live Premiership Edition is a video game for the Playstation 2 and was released in 2004. ... AFL Premiership 2005 is the 2005 edition of the Australian Rules Football game for the PlayStation 2. ... AFL Premiership 2006 is a sports simulation game for the Playstation 2 based on the Australian Football League. ... AFL Premiership 2007 is a simulation game for Playstation 2 based on the Australian Football League. ...

Online AFL Games

  • 1Seven Footy (2007) Flash

Gaming

The AFL is the subject of footy tipping and betting competitions around Australia run by individuals, syndicates, workplaces and professional bookmakers. In recent years national website based tipping competitions have started to replace the traditional, but more labour intensive, office or pub run competitions. Footy tipping is a competition where competitors try to predict the winning teams in a round of games played each round during (usually) the home and away season of a sport. ... A bookmaker, bookie or turf accountant, is an organization or a person that takes bets and may pay winnings depending upon results and, depending on the nature of the bet, the odds. ...


Fantasy football competitions based on actual player statistics (number of kicks, marks, goals etc) are also very popular on websites and in newspapers. Fantasy football can refer to two different types of fantasy sport, depending upon the local meaning of the term football: Fantasy football (American) Fantasy football (soccer) There is also a British television programme called Fantasy Football League, loosely based on the soccer version. ...


References

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  5. ^ Club members on the march. afl.com.au. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
  6. ^ Tasmanian AFL team
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  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). Australia. 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved on 2007-11-09.
  9. ^ "ABN lookup", Aust Govt, April 8, 2007. 
  10. ^ Witham, Jennifer; Drought over: Cats win by massive 119 points; AFL.com.au;29 September 2007
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  13. ^ "Ten to screen 2007 GF", Sportal.com.au, December 21, 2006. 
  14. ^ AFL seals UK, US TV deal from heraldsun.com.au
  15. ^ New AFL Website - Whirlpool forums.
  16. ^ New AFL website - how bad is it? - BigFooty

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See also

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This List of Australian Football League grounds lists every ground upon which a senior VFL/AFL game has been played. ... This is a list of current Australian Football League head coaches. ... AFL Logo This page is a chronological listing of Australian Football League premiers. ... This page is a chronological listing of the winners of the Australian Football League night premiership competition, now known as the NAB Cup. ... This is a listing of all presidents of the VFL/AFL: // Sir Kenneth Luke (1961-1971) Jack Collins (1971-1977) Allen Aylett (1977-1983) Jack Hamilton (1983-1986) Ross Oakley (1986-1996) Wayne Jackson (1996-2003) Andrew Demetriou (2003-present) Bill Sanders (1991-present) Noel Gordon (1996-1998) Alan Piper... The List of Australian rules football incidents is a collection of both on and off-field incidents that have received media coverage involving footballers from the Australian Football League. ... This article is about the annual Australian rules football draft. ... This is a list of Australian Football League (previously known as VFL) players not born in Australia, sorted by country of birth. ... This is a listing of Australian Football League (formerly known as the VFL) players listed by their families country of origin (not to be confused with ethnicity). ... // This article lists the attendances at many sports competitions around the world. ... Australian rules football in Australia is a popular spectator and team sport which originated in Melbourne and has become an important part of Australian culture. ... The Goal of the Year is a competition for the best goals kicked in the VFL/AFL. It is run in conjunction with the Mark of the Year competition and is currently sponsored by Toyota. ... The Australian Football League celebrates the best mark of the season through the annual Mark of the Year competition. ... Heritage Round is a round of matches in the Australian Football League in which all the teams wear guernseys from their past. ...

External links

Statistics and Results

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History

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