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Australian Football League Current season or competition: 2009 AFL season

Sport Founded Commissioner No. of teams Country(ies) Most recent champion(s) Most championships TV partner(s) Official website

Australian rules football 1897 Andrew Demetriou 16 Australia Hawthorn Football Club Carlton Football Club and Essendon Football Club (16) Seven Network, Network Ten, Fox Sports

Channel 7,10 and 1 hd. The Australian Football League (AFL) is the professional Australian national competition in the sport of Australian Rules Football. The league comprises 16 teams which play 22 home and away rounds between late March and late August or early September. This is followed by a four-week finals series which culminates in two teams playing off for the Premiership, in the Grand Final. The organisation which became the Australian Football League was formed in 1897 when eight teams from the Victorian Football Association (VFA, established 1877) broke away to begin the Victorian Football League (VFL). By 1925 the league had expanded to twelve teams (all based in Victoria),with no change until 1982 when the league commenced its expansion to a national competition by relocating South Melbourne to Sydney, New South Wales. Since then five other non-Victorian clubs have been added:

two each from Western Australia and South Australia and one from Queensland with an existing Victorian club (Fitzroy) merging with this Queensland based club at the end of the 1996 season. The league was officially renamed the Australian Football League in 1990 to reflect the new national perspective[1]. The AFL has gained considerable media and financial strength, as well as control over the game at most levels through the AFL Commission. It is now responsible for the rules of Australian Football through the AFL Rules Committee (consisting of members from the AFL Players Association). Since 2000, through the commission, the AFL has pushed for all affiliated leagues and bodies to co-brand with the league[2] for them them and the media refer to the sport’s name as "AFL", encouraging Australian Football participants to "Play AFL"[3]. The AFL is the most attended sporting league in Australia; it is also the most popular sport competition in terms of TV ratings in the nation.[4] The AFL is currently the fourth-most attended professional sports league in the world in terms of attendance per match, with an average attendance of over 38,000. The AFL is the dominant football code in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Tasmania.[5] In addition, Australian rules football is the most participated football code in these states and territories.[6] In recent decades, the AFL has increasingly focused on developing markets and expansion beyond the Barassi Line having traditionally struggled for popularity in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. According to the AFL, participation is increasing in New South Wales and Queensland[7].

See also: List of Australian rules football clubs by date of establishment The AFL operates on a single table system, with no divisions, conferences nor promotion and relegation from other leagues.


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Present teams

AFL match at Docklands Stadium Many of the current AFL teams date back to the beginnings of the sport of Australian rules football, including the very first club, Melbourne Football Club (1859), a foundation VFL/AFL club whose founders also first codified the sport in 1859. The Victorian Football League, commonly known as the VFL, started in 1897 with eight teams from the Victorian Football Association (VFA): Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, South Melbourne, and St Kilda. Richmond and University entered in 1908, but University disbanded in 1915. In 1925, Footscray (later known as the Western Bulldogs), Hawthorn and North Melbourne entered the competition. It remained in this 12-team single-state configuration until 1982 when South Melbourne relocated to Sydney, New South Wales to become the Sydney Swans. The next phase of national expansion occurred in 1987, with the introduction of the West Coast Eagles from Western Australia and the Brisbane Bears from Queensland. The league was renamed 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. The Fremantle Football Club joined as the second WA team in 1995. After the 1996 season the Brisbane Bears merged with Fitzroy, creating the Brisbane Lions in 1996 and the Port Adelaide Football Club joined to maintain the league at 16 teams.

West Coast Fremantle Adelaide Port Adelaide Brisbane Sydney Western Bulldogs Geelong Essendon North Melbourne Carlton Collingwood Melbourne Richmond Hawthorn St Kilda • Membership figures as at 30 June, 2008. [8]

Former teams New teams
On 31 March 2009 the AFL issued a provisional licence to the Gold Coast Football Club. The club is expected to enter the league in 2011. A Western Sydney team is being considered for a licence. If this is granted the team is expected to enter the league in 2012 or 2013.

The AFL is also considering a bid from the Tasmanian Go AFL history and larger current supporter base than each this bid has much community support and has already se ited economic growth potential are two important reason criticism of the AFL for exaggerating economic factors a Early in 2008, a meeting held by the AFL discussed th cials confirmed that a new team on the Gold Coast and p around 2011 and 2012 respectively. The West Sydney al vantaging other clubs in its push to be successful in the to draw an AFL fan base.[10]


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Club Nickname Location Training Home Ground Ground and (Capacity) AAMI Stadium AAMI Stadium (51,515)

Australian Football League
2008 Membership (*denotes club record) 48,720 Current 2009 Membership Total Premiership Years

Adelaide Football Club Brisbane Lions Carlton Football Club


Adelaide, South Australia

Not listed on 1997, 1998 Club Website 24,897 40,061 2001, 2002, 2003 1906, 1908, 1915, 1945, 1968, 1972, 1981, 1987, 1902, 1910, 1919, 1928, 1930, 1936, 1958, 1907, 1914, 1938, 1947, 1970, 1979, 1982, 1995 1903, 1917, 1927, 1929, 1935, 1953, 1990

Lions Blues

Brisbane, The Queensland Gabba

The Gabba 22,737 (42,000)

Melbourne, Visy Park Etihad Sta- 39,360* Victoria dium (53,355)

Collingwood Magpies Football Club

Melbourne, Lexus Victoria Centre

Melbourne 42,498* Cricket Ground (100,000)


Essendon Football Club


Melbourne, Windy Victoria Hill

Etihad Sta- 41,947* dium (53,355)


1897, 1901, 1911, 1912, 1923, 1924, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1962, 1965, 1984, 1985, 1993, 2000 Has not made a Grand Final 1925, 1931, 1937, 1951, 1952, 1963, 2007 1961, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2008

Fremantle Football Club Geelong Football Club Hawthorn Football Club


Fremantle, Fremantle Subiaco Western Oval Oval Australia (43,500) Geelong, Victoria Skilled Stadium Skilled Stadium (28,000)


Not Listed On Website 34,381




Melbourne, Waverley Melbourne 41,436* Victoria Park Cricket Ground (100,000) Aurora Stadium (20,000) Melbourne, Junction Victoria Oval Melbourne 29,677 Cricket Ground (100,000)


Melbourne Football Club



1900, 1939, 1941, 1955,

1926, 1940, 1948, 1956,


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1957, 1959, 1960, 1964

North Melbourne Football Club Port Adelaide Football Club Richmond Football Club

Kangaroos Melbourne, Arden Victoria Street Oval Power Adelaide, South Australia Alberton Oval

Etihad Sta- 32,600* dium (53,355) AAMI Stadium (51,515) 34,185


1975, 1977, 1996, 1999




Melbourne, Punt Melbourne 30,820 Victoria Road Oval Cricket Ground (100,000) Melbourne, Moorabin Etihad Sta- 30,063 Victoria Oval dium (53,355) Sydney, SCG New South Wales Sydney 26,721 Cricket Ground (46,000) ANZ Stadium (81,500) Subiaco Oval (43,500) 44,863


1920, 1932, 1943, 1969, 1974, 1966

1921, 1934, 1967, 1973, 1980

St Kilda Football Club Sydney Swans




Not listed on 1909, 1918, Club Website 1933, 2005

West Coast Eagles Western Bulldogs


Perth, Western Australia

Subiaco Oval

Not listed on 1992, 1994, Club Website 2006 25,748 1954


Melbourne, Whitten Victoria Oval

Etihad Sta- 28,306 dium (53,355) TIO Stadium (17,000) Manuka Oval (15,000)

In April, Tasmanian premier Paul Lennon, had a meeting with the AFL to discuss the possibility of a ne State of Tasmania.[11] Canberra and Darwin are also often suggested as a future location for teams, howe been ruled out by the AFL primarily on economic and demographic grounds.[12]

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Years In Premierships Reason for Competition Leaving 1897-1996 1898, 1904, 1913, 1922, 1899, 1905, 1916, 1944 Merged playing operations with the Brisbane Bears to become the Brisbane Lions in 1997. Merged playing operations with the Fitzroy Lions to become the Brisbane Lions in 1997. 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.

Fitzroy Lions

Maroon, Melbourne, Whitten Blue Victoria Oval and Gold/ White.

Brisbane Bears

Maroon, Brisbane, The Gabba 1987-1996 Gold Queensland and White


University Black and Blue

Parkville, Victoria

Melbourne 1908-1914 Cricket Ground


The Gabba Carrara Stadium Sydney Cricket Ground ANZ Stadium Manuka Oval Skilled Stadium Melbourne Cricket Ground Ethiad Stadium TIO Stadium Aurora Stadium † These teams are part-time tenants through commercia There are a number of new stadiums proposed to acc tralian State Government have announced plans for an a the current Subiaco Stadium. The AFL is currently explo cipated to enter the competition in 2011, with options in development of a purpose built stadium on a new site. In ities for a purpose built ’boutique’ stadium for Melbourn likely to draw attendances large enough to warrant the u Coast and Melbourne stadiums are anticipated to be bas of around 30,000. Subiaco Oval AAMI Stadium


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Capacity Current Tenant(s) 100,000 Melbourne Richmond Collingwood Hawthorn Sydney Essendon St Kilda Western Bulldogs North Melbourne Carlton Port Adelaide Adelaide Sydney West Coast Fremantle Brisbane Geelong Hawthorn† Carlton† St Kilda† Melbourne† Western Bulldogs† Western Bulldogs†

Melbourne Victoria

ANZ Stadium Etihad Stadium


New South Wales

81,500 53,355

Melbourne Victoria

AAMI Stadium


South Australia New South Wales Western Australia Queensland Victoria

51,515 46,000 43,500 42,000 27,000 20,000 18,000 15,000

Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Subiaco Oval The Gabba Skilled Stadium Aurora Stadium Gold Coast Stadium Manuka Oval Perth Brisbane Geelong

Launceston Tasmania Gold Coast Queensland Canberra Australian Capital Territory Northern Territory

TIO Stadium



Playing lists

See also: List of current AFL team squads The AFL has tight controls over the player lists of each club. Each club can have a senior list of 38 player ie or veteran players. From 2006, up to two international rookies are also permitted. Clubs can only trade "trade week" at the end of each season and can only recruit new players through the AFL Draft. The rule changed every few years since it was introduced in 1986, but the basic philosophy remains in that player clubs in the reverse of the order of their positions on the ladder at the end of the preceding season. That ished last has first draft selection, then the club that finished second last. However, this philosophy has b giving priority picks to clubs which win fewer than four matches during the season and by allowing clubs former players under a "father - son rule" which itself has been varied over the years. A salary cap (known as the Total Player Payments or TPP) is also in place as part of the league’s equ In 2007, this is AUD$7 million per club. Salaries of draft selections are fixed for two years. Salaries for not normally released to the public, although the average is estimated at over A$200,000 [13] and the top Close up of ruckwork from a Melbourne vs pect to earn up to AUD$800,000 a year.[14] Western Bulldogs at Docklands Stadium with Infringements by clubs in relation to exceeding the TPP, not informing the AFL of payments or draft ta the roof open in Melbourne and can include large fines, loss of premiership points and exclusion from the AFL draft. However, the AF ised clubs premiership points for a breach of the salary cap, though it has fined the Carlton Football Club for breaching the salary cap.


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AFL players by state/territory/nation
The following is the origin of 2007 AFL listed player based on player’s nominated junior clubs. [15][16] • Victoria (309) • South Australia (198) • Western Australia (124) • Queensland (48) • New South Wales (33) • Northern Territory (24) • Tasmania (22) • Australian Capital Territory (3) • Ireland (5)1 Note 1: Note that players from Ireland were all converts from other sports.

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 proximately 11% of the overall playing list.[17] This compares with the 2.3% of the Australian population selves as Indigenous in the 2006 census.[18]

Recruitment from Ireland

A number of Gaelic footballers from Ireland have agreed contracts with AFL teams in recent years - there lure as the GAA prohibits professionalism. This has caused some concern in the GAA.playing Matthew Pavlich, a South Australian The prospect of two the coming years has exacerbated this tension. for a Western Australian based club Fre-

Season structure
AFL Premiership season
See also: 2008 AFL season

mantle jumps to mark the ball at a Victorian oval.

The Premiership Cup is silver (With the exception of 1 the AFL/VFL’s 100th season) and manufactured by Cash was first introduced in 1959 by the VFL, and before this, Flag". The AFL has since retrospectively awarded the pr premiership players received a personal premiership tro

Themed rounds and special matches

Themed rounds have from around Australia, lasts for 22 The Toyota AFL Premiership Season, contested between the 16 teams become immensely popular. There matched up against each the home and away rounds He in late March. The McClelland Trophy is awarded to the team that finishesother), Women’s Round and in minor premiership). At the end of the 22 rounds, matcheseightalso themed for specialfour-week AFL Final the top are teams compete in the events. For example week the top four teams play in Qualifying Finalsmatch at the MCG vs 3rd), the two winning Qualifying re (1st vs 4th & 2nd and the game will typically sell-out Fi strong rivalry and huge followings. in Elimination matc directly into a Preliminary Final in the third week, with the other four teams playing Another annualFinals As the Qualifying Finals play the two winning teams from 7th). In the second week the two losing teams from of 2006, Richmond and Essendon play in the Dreamti between several clubs and former rivalries such as the Finals in the Semi Finals. The winners of the Qualifying Finals play the winners of the Semi Finals inthe L The two winning Preliminary Final teams play in the Grand Final in the fourth week of the finals. The Pre NAB team team is the team that wins the Grand Final. The winningCup receives a Premiership Cup - there is a new every year which the winning team gets to keep with national Cup competitionPremiership Medallions and The the year engraved on it, is a tournament played an The Premiership Flag is a giant triangular flag which is is why it isaalsoknown as the pre-season cup. it a which blue with white border, has the AFL logo on PREMIERS and the YEAR - there is a new one manufactured every year before the winning team gets to k The series is played which the premiership season an unfurl it at the first home game of the season thePark until the ground was the home supporters. 1999 (alt following year in front of sold by the league in The Grand Final is traditionally played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 2000 competitionthe last Satu played at the ground). The in Melbourne on decider wa Recent exceptions to this practice were in 1991 when the MCG was being redeveloped 2006the Grand Fin at Docklands Stadium, with the 2001, and and 2008 de Waverley Park, and in 2000 when the Grand Final was played in early September as ground in the final is The player adjudged best on the the Sydney Olympics September. has played more league matches than any other (426).

The Pre-season Cup competition is currently a four ro Teams that win move through to the next round, losing t A trophy cup, known as the Premiership Cup, and a Premiership Flag are awarded to the winner of the AF finishes. addition, each player receives a premiership medallion.

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Competition timeline

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

from 1906 to 1908. Essendon under Jack Worrall - the fir straight wins and surprisingly defended their flag in 191 In 1908, Richmond and University joined the VFL. Ric three promising seasons, won only one of its last seventy the end of 1914. More information on how war affected the VFL see: T

Between the World Wars

Richmond won its first premierships in 1920 and 1921 b ant team between 1922 and 1926. In 1924 the VFL inaug votes from the umpires for the Best and Fairest player. In 1925, Footscray (now the Western Bulldogs), Hawt to joining the League for new clubs were particularly tou forced to give up their entire playing zone to Essendon. blocks" for a very long period. North Melbourne were no only once won more than seven until 1954. Between them Before the VFL twenty-nine years from their admittance until 1953 - by w Australian rules football dates back to 1858, when Tomfirst two on the record the rules of the code. all bu in the Wills began to ladder in 1949 and 1950. In Melbo was formed 14 May 1859. On 17 May 1859, at the Parade Hotel in East Melbourne, Wills, W.J. Hammersl or St. Kilda finished last. Footscray adapted to the VFL w Thompson wrote the first set of written rules for bottom of the ladder. Australian rules football. By 1866, several other clubs ha updated version of Melbourne’s rules. In 1877, the amateur Victorian Football Association was establishe Between the years of 1927 and 1930, Collingwood FC premierships and finish a season without losing (or draw VFL begins the organised and consistent way it played. During this p possessing the largest and fiercest supporter base drawn The Victorian Football League was established in 1896 when several clubs broke away from the Victorian premiership victories in country 1936 the Collingwood which was the first Australian rules competition in Victoria, second in the1935 andafter the South Austral most successful premiership club until Carlton began to ation. The first games were played in 1897 between the foundation clubs – Carlton, Collingwood, Essendo In the the first VFL premiership. Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne. Essendon won 1930s, Richmond and South Melbourne rivaled troying South’s powerful attack continued Grand Final. Although the Victorian Football League and the Victorian Football Associationin the 1934to compete fo sharply, developed a powerful Victoria. side that swept for many years, the VFL quickly established itself as the premier competition inattacking In the early year however Essendon, began a dominating period from 19 Collingwood were the dominant teams, but by the mid-1900s Carltonafter years in the wildernessof three


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during the 1970s and 1980s. Only six teams made the gr 1967.


The 1970s saw the opening of Waverley Park, with the in April 1970. Construction work was carried out at the sta heritage listed Sir Kenneth Luke stand. The Queen of En opened the stadium to the public. The 1970s were memorable for being a decade of dom Grand Finals from 1974-1978. The decade began with the Grand Final between Carl Australia of 121,696. This game also saw the greatest co time, Carlton managed to win by 10 points. Alex Jesaulen ing this game. The VFL Grand Final in 1945 from the stands Hawthorn defeated St. Kilda in the Grand Final in 197 of the Melbourne Cricket Ground 1990s. The match was notable for Peter Hudson’s famed season. Hudson kicked three goals in the match, equallin appearances between 1941 and 1951. For more information on how world wars affected the VFL see: The North Melbourne won its first ever premiership in 19 World Wars. second ever drawn Grand Final, against Collingwood. 19 matches, where players were only able to represent the 1950s were currently playing. In 1952, the VFL hosted ‘National Day’, when all 6 matches were played outside of Melbourne.for a contr The 1979 VFL Grand Final is remembered Matches w Sydney Cricket Ground, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, North Hobart Oval, Albury Sports Ground and Victo 28 points during the second quarter, Collingwood had fa Yallourn and Euroa. trailing by four points in the dying stages of the match w In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, Waverley it to his team it some indepen boundary line and knocked Park, to give mate Ken Sheld bourne Cricket Club which managed the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australian rules’Although Harmes w winning margin was just five points. spiritual home. Wa planned to hold 167,000 spectators (thus makingFinal, he is best-remembered for the world). Land for the it one of the largest stadiums in this incident as Colling chased at Mulgrave, in those days just farmland, line before Harmes knocked near Sheldon. but one day predicted to be it to demographic centre of population. Many rule changes were made during the decade in e Geelong was the stand out team at the beginningA "final1950s, winning the premiership1972. The Gra • of the five" system was introduced in in 1951 then s consecutive wins starting in Round 12, 1952 and ending inof 327 points withThis streak included the 1952 a total Round 13, 1953. Carlton defeating Richmond After Footscray won its first premiership in 1954Thedefeating Melbourne,aMelbourne became a per tea • by centre diamond and limit of four players power premierships between 1955 and 1960, including three in a row the square in 1975.1957. In 1958 Collingw changed to between 1955 and feated Melbourne in the Grand Final, thereby preventing Melbournesystem was introduced in 1976. • The two-umpire from equalling Collingwood’s record premierships. • In 1978 the interchange law was introduced, to allow Television coverage began in 1957, with direct telecasts of theone-off replacement (as in soccer). rather than a final quarter permitted. At first, severa through broadcasting different games. However, when the VFL found that television was reducing crowd coverage was to be allowed for 1960. In 1961, the modern-system of replays was introduced and only ver 1980s national expansion telecasts been permitted since. At the time, there was no national league for Australian lar and dominant league around the country in terms of 1960s to other states. In 1980, the match of the day was broad In the 1960s, television began to have a huge impact, whichother capitals (many to this day. Spectators h sides from continues unabated with their own local leag games to watch replays and many former players took 1982, South Melbourne relocated pre-game preview In up positions as commentators on to Sydney to bec game review programs. There were also several attempts at variety programs featuring VFL players, who Queensland Australian Football League were awarded li ceeded in demonstrating that their skills were limited to the football ground. were formed. These expansion team licences were award The VFL played the first of a series of exhibition the existing 1962 clubs. effort to lift the international in of matches in VFL in an The first National Draft was p Hawthorn won its first ever Grand Final in 1961, beatingin 1987. The night premiership, of success en the league Footscray. Melbourne’s period the Panasoni ship win in 1964 over Collingwood, after which Carlton famously recruited Melbourne’s champion player In 1984, a revival of the International Rules represen captain-coach. St Kilda won its first Grand Final by one point over Collingwood in 1966, andplayers awar duced. In 1988, the rules changed to make after many y Richmond won the Grand Final in 1967, starting rule change was reversed in 1990. 1980s. Under Baras a revival which lasted until the early Carlton won the premiership in 1968, its first since 1947.Oakley was appointed CEO of the and Geelong w Ross On the whole, though, Essendon VFL in 1986, a during the 1960s, even though they only won three of the ten premierships. competition. With the number of players recruited from country leagues increasing, the wealthier clubs were gainin In 1989, the league began encouraging some of the fl metropolitan zoning and the Coulter law restricting player payments forced into amalgamation, but a funz Fitzroy were almost had prevented in the past. Country duced in the late 1960s, and whilst it pushed Essendon the eleventh hour. the top of the ladder, it created ger at and Geelong from


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Collingwood played in its third successive Grand Final in 1981, yet didn’t win any of them. This added already infamous record in Grand Finals, signified by the term "the Colliwobbles" - after their Premiershi Collingwood lost the next eight Grand Finals in which they played, often after seemingly having the matc They also finished on top of the ladder twice after the regular season matches (in 1969 and 1973), only to form in the finals and miss the Grand Final altogether. "The Colliwobbles" was introduced after the 1970 Carlton. A bitter rivalry between Essendon and Hawthorn emerged after competing in three consecutive Grand 1983 and 1985. Essendon’s win in the 1984 marked the first time since 1966 that a team other than Rich Hawthorn or North Melbourne had won the premiership. The dominance of these few clubs and mounting for several clubs resulted in the VFL adopting an equalisation policy, centred around the player draft and measures. In 1988, Melbourne made its first appearance in a Grand Final since 1964, but it wasn’t a memorable stage. Hawthorn crushed an underdog Melbourne side by 96 points, the then biggest Grand Final win in which stood until 2007. In what many believe to be the finest VFL/AFL Grand Final of the modern era, Hawthorn overcame a s Geelong in 1989. It was a physical game right from the start when Geelong’s Mark Yeates ran through De the opening bounce, bruising Brereton’s kidney and causing internal bleeding. In a courageous display, B leave the ground and marked and goaled several minutes later to stem Geelong’s attempt to establish sup clashes would see John Platten knocked out and Robert DiPierdomenico suffer broken ribs and a punctur Grand Final record nine goals from Geelong’s Gary Ablett, Hawthorn still went on to win by six points.

1990s - Australian Football League

Former AFL Logo (1990-99) To reflect the steps towards a national competition, the VFL was renamed as the Australian Football Leag name disappeared until it was adopted by the AFL’s state feeder competition which was the most recent In 1997, the Port Adelaide Magpies were finally awar former VFA. with the Brisbane/Fitzroy merger to keep thethat hadase Collingwood won the inaugural AFL premiership in 1990, ending a drought of near misses league 1 with Port Adelaide By 1990 Collingwood had played in 3 grand finals in 1960, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981.causing an upset victory over Adelaid consecutive premierships and became the first side in hi under 40% of all grand finals played. Kilda, after finishing on top and winning team called the 1990 also saw the Port Adelaide Magpies make a bid for an AFL licence. In response, athe minor prem their the league in 1991. That the first of two consecuti was formed which was awarded the licence and joinedopponent, went on to win same year the Grand Fina in one series and win the premiership. was also the first Waverley Park for first and only time as the MCG underwent redevelopment. This gameThe Footscray Bu club’s representation of Melbourne’s western suburbs. o based outside the state of Victoria, Australia - West Coast Eagles - contested the Grand Final, only to be 1 the Western Hawthorn side coming to the end of their era of dominance. Bulldogs and Adelaide all shot up the ladde Adelaide repeated introduced year before to win the With Adelaide bringing the number of teams to 15, the final six was its feats of ain 1991. In 1992, Wave ing favourites North Melbourne. North had major goal s named "AFL Park" and the West Coast Eagles became the first non-Victorian team to win a premiership, McLeod won his second Norm Smith moved to the Brisb 1992 was also the final year the Brisbane Bears called Carrara Stadium home, as they Medal in two years 1921 to turn their 1993 season. at Woolloongabba (commonly known as The ’Gabba) in time for the maiden Premiership into a double the Athletic Association was to represent the strong the ser In 1994, the Fremantle Football Club was formed in Western Australia rekindled in 1998, after history ball in Fremantle and played its first game in theskippered one That year, the first Western Derby was Na AFL in 1995. of the league’s finest teams, including pla Western Australian based teams, beginning a fierce In 1999, the league sold Waverley Park stadium and u local rivalry with West Coast dominating until Frema stadium situated at Melbourne’s Docklands. The league shackles in their 10th meeting in 1999. Carlton made the record books by winning its 16th premiership a wins and only two losses for the entire season. South Australia on a wet day at the MCG), its intentions place Some of the rule changes of the decade included: at the end of the regular season, Carlton fought ha • In 1994, a third field umpire was introduced. the Preliminary Final against Essendon. In what was the • In 1994, the McIntyre Final Eight System wasNorth Melbourne who the same year had renamed them introduced. • A fourth interchange player was added for thecompetitive game up to half time, the Roos, with thanks 1998 season, increasing match day squads to 22 player the premiership by featured a In 1996, the VFL/AFL celebrated its centenary. One round of games 35 points. repeat of the games in Ro

players wearing replicas of the guernseys worn 100 years earlier. Late in the season, after it looked like t would succumb to financial problems and merge 2000s with North Melbourne, the AFL dramatically announced would merge with Fitzroy and play as the Brisbane Lions from was againNorth Melbourne recovered from The AFL logo 1997.[19] changed in 2000, with a new loo came the only team to win the once-off gold premiership cup by defeating Sydney,off on the 1900s with th Collingwood and Carlton, signed which had not played i since 1945 (when they competed as South Melbourne). spectacle, the runners up in the previous season’s Grand Later in 1996, an attempt to merge Melbourne and Hawthorn to form the Melbournecome, booting hea ing Blues fans with a taste of things to Hawks made 12 eventuate. Ross Oakley stepped down as the AFL’s Chief Executive andthe first game at the newJackson. round one of 2000. In was replaced by Wayne venue, E ted bids from Queensland club Southport Sharkscome, asTasmanianlost only one match for the entire sea and the Essendon government to enter teams.


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The final margin was the largest of the entire match, ma known Magpie second tier which caught the Lions off gu eras and Steve McKee, combined with the strong tacklin outdone, Brisbane ruckman Clark Keating rose to the for centre bounces, while Nigel Lappin and Alistair Lynch th two biggest names, opposing skippers Nathan Buckley a but the flag itself. Although Buckley finished the day wit "Holy Grail" aloft at the days end.

An AFL Match at Docklands Stadium

and one of the highest percentages at 159.1%. They faced Melbourne in the Grand Final and belted them per James Hird was awarded the Norm Smith Medal, capping off a fine season following three successive paigns; Matthew Lloyd took out the Coleman Medal after breaking the 100 goal barrier for the first time Melbourne’s previously unheralded Shane Woewodin was a surprise winner of the Brownlow Medal. Season 2001 was the first of several seasons of dominance by the non-Victorian teams. The Brisbane L their historic three successive premierships, becoming the first team north of the Murray River to win a p Victorian team to win more than two on the trot. The changing of the guard from Essendon’s dominance clash at the Gabba in round 10 with the Lions overcoming Kevin Sheedy’s men by 28 points. It was the fir cord 19 victories in succession. Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Richmond all made significant inroads in 20 ing short by a mere nine points against Essendon in the Preliminary Final, Trent Croad’s shot for goal in looked destined to put the Hawks into the decider, before it swung into the goalpost. Paul Barnard sealed unconvincing one, with several Bombers heading into the Grand Final seven days later under injury cloud contested first half, Brisbane streaked away in the third term to record a 26 point victory in the Grand Fi tion from fans of Fitzroy and Brisbane Bears, who were finally brought together in arguably the spiritual 1996 merger. Rover Shaun Hart was awarded the Norm Smith Medal, Lion maverick Jason Akermanis too low Medal, whilst Lloyd was again the John Coleman Medallist, once more notching up his ton in the Qua occasion against Richmond at the MCG. The season was also notable as it was the 45th and final season o broadcast rights remaining in the hands of Channel Seven, with Channels 9, 10 and pay-TV operator Foxt for 2002-2006. The 2002 season was one of the closest on record, with a change in the status quo taking place. Hawth both missed out on their share in the September action, and Collingwood finally emerged from a seven ye action. Carlton, too, suffered from winds of change, winning the first Wooden Spoon in the club’s history, minated the coaching career of Wayne Brittain, John Elliot’s ruling as president, and paved the way for D the Kangaroos for Optus Oval. Brisbane, however, were at the peak of their powers, and along with Port A spot on the league table for much of the season, a battle resolved in the final round at Football Park, whe ger James snapped the match winning goal with a minute remaining. The season began in a media frenzy bourne captain, and arguably the greatest footballer of the 1990s, Wayne Carey, quitting the Kangaroos a roar. In the face of adversity, the Roos stuck tight, and the famed Shinboner Spirit continued to prosper, Stevens, Glenn Archer and David King helped propel their side back into the September action, only to ha short by Melbourne in the Elimination Final, marking the end of John Blakey’s career as a player, and Pag An AFL match at Football Park in Adelaide at Arden Street. The brave young Magpies began the season in strong form, before striking an end of sea saw them win only one of their final four matches of the premiership season. The form table was swung d Season 2003 was, to an extent, a continuation of the p first week of the finals, as they shell-shocked Port Adelaide in foreign territory in South Australia in the Q ition, when Andrew Demetriou was appointed as Chief E Magpies were superb early, and held off a late Power surge to secure a home Preliminary Final. The win ping down from his role. The season saw one highly emo hamstrung skipper Nathan Buckley, with Paul Licuria admirably filling his sizeable breach with a heroic 4 North Melbourne after suffering life-threatening burns i Magpies had an unfortunate setback though, when courageous debutant Jason Cloke was suspended for t won against Richmond. The status quo remained at the t clumsy yet honest strike on Crow Tyson Edwards. He was to miss the biggest day of the year, in a cruel t ite for much of the season, whilst Port Adelaide and Bris youngster who had not missed a match since his debut in round two against the Eagles. The Grand Final an teams filled positions in the top eight, Collingwood (2 contest from start to finish, with Brisbane finishing the day only nine points ahead of Collingwood on a so foothold in the helter-skelter of league football. The Mag


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with thanks to Alan Didak’s magical left foot goals late in the last quarter. Earningthe whole season) by 2 previously only lost one match in a two week break, the rolled the Power in the Preliminary Final to the tune of 44-points to book their second Grand Final in for m Hodge of Hawthorn winning the Norm Smith Medal as b was played against, once again, Brisbane. The Lions, after their defeat at the hands of the Magpies in the nals series, were forced to take the long road home, accounting for Adelaide on home soil before overrun Stadium Australia. Sydney had earned their home Preliminary Final with their shock victory over Port Ad Park in the First Preliminary Final, a victory which ensured that the Power had much work to do to do aw Major annual awards ’chokers’. Despite going in as favourites, and equipped with Brownlow Medallist Nathan Buckley, who sh • Brownlow Medal Adelaide’s Mark Ricciuto and Sydney’s Adam Goodes, the Magpies Grand Final preparations were turned suspension of their centre half forward, Anthony • Coleman Medal Rocca, who was booked and suspended for two weeks fo • AFL Rising Star Brendon Lade the week prior. Collingwood appeared to be all at sea on the biggest day of the year, in con • Leigh the Magpies, winning their third consecutive p of the previous title tilt, the experienced Brisbane flogged Matthews Trophy AFLPA Awards points, a win highlighted by a Grand Final record•39 disposals from Simon Black, and five incredible goal • Norm Smiththe 1950s to win three consecutive premi Akermanis. Brisbane became the first team since Melbourne in Medal • Jock McHale teams, The 2004 season was another dominated by the non-Victorian Medal so much so that it was the first G • Michael out to get their fourth consecutive premiersh not contested by a Victorian team. The Brisbane Lions were Tuck Medal AFL Mark of the Year Port Adelaide that took home the cup. The Power•overran the tiring Brisbane outfit ending its reign. • AFL Goal of the Year 2005 saw a very defensive style of play dominate and the longest premiership drought in history broke • AFL Army Award time in 72 years, and the first time since the relocated from South Melbourne, that Sydney Swans took ho All Australian Team tightly fought contest from start to finish, Sydney•defeated the West Coast Eagles by four points, one of t • since Best and Fairest Awards memorable mark from Grand Finals in history and the closest final scores Club 1966, made possible by a Leo Barry in the dying seconds that halted a late charge by the Eagles. A series of new rule changes were introduced Team 2006 season intended to speed up the game, incl for the of the Century ball to be brought back into play immediately after a point is scored (instead of of the AFL, goal"AFL Team To celebrate the 100th season waiting for the umpires t and limiting the time allowed for players with a mark Elder was declared the Umpire of the Century Eagle Jack to kick for goal to 30 seconds. The Swans and to co rivalry with the Eagles beating the Swans duringmostseason by only four points. In the own teams of the c the AFL clubs have nominated their first Qualifying fin revenge by earning a weeks rest by defeating West Coast 85-84. the best Aboriginal players of the previo 2005, featuring The Grand Final was almost identical, w Eagles facing off again in the decider. This time it was the Eagles who triumphed 85-84, exacting revenge Swans also for the 2005 Grand Final defeat. Over the past 8 Meetings between the 2 clubs, the total winn der 10 points. In 2007, Geelong had one of the most dominating seasons in the competition’s history. Afterrecords See also: Australian rules football attendance finishing season three games clear in first place, winning 19 of the last 20 matches including 15 in a row, having a • tralian players and winning most of the individual awards including the Brownlow Medal, AFL Rising Sta 119 points - Geelong 24.19 (163) def Port Adelaide 6. Trophy and the J. J. Liston Trophy (VFL B&F), they competedSeptember 2007 with only one close match a MCG, 27 the finals series in a preliminary final. After doing away with an unexpected Kangaroos outfit in the first week, whom had • board instability and pressure to relocate to the Gold Coast, the Cats faced up againstBears 11.9 (75) w Geelong 37.17 (239) def Brisbane Collingwood two liminary for a close fought match. The Magpies made it only Stadium, 3 MayEagles in Perth the week befo Carrara by beating the 1992 Grand Final then saw Geelong end their 44 year premiership drought with a record breaking 119 point vi • Adelaide with Steve Johnson winning the Norm Smith Medal.[20] 190 points - Fitzroy 36.22 (238) def Melbourne 6.12 ( In December 2007, the Kangaroos declined an AFL offer ofPark, 28 July relocate to Queensland. The A Waverley subsidies to 1979 that the league would begin work on a 17th club • Gold Coast Football Club in 2010 or 2011. In February 2008 the AFL announced plans to increase(345) - Melbourne 21.15 (141) wdb St Kilda 31. 52.33 the competition to 18 clubs by 2012 with one t Coast and one in Sydney’s west, both areas with establishedMay 1978 Rugby League teams are located an MCG, 6 National league is the most popular sport.[21] However, Tasmania has launched a bid for one of the two licenses on • In 2008, Geelong was the leading club of the league, only losing one17.4 (106)the home and away in 4t South Melbourne - match in vs. St Kilda 0.0 (0) seas 22-game season, the Cats were at the top of the ladder four games ahead of Hawthorn, who were a furthe Lake Oval, 26 July 1919 ahead of the Western Bulldogs. Fourth to eight spot was undecided up to the last round, and was finally t • Fifth was the Adelaide Crows, sixth was the Sydney Carlton v Collingwood - 121,696 Swans, seventh was North Melbourne, having been f the round but lost to 13th placed Port Adelaide Power, and eighth was Collingwood Magpies, who were fi MCG, 26 September 1970 (Grand Final) round but lost to the 14th placed Fremantle Dockers. • The first week of the 2008 finals went largely as expected, as Geelong defeated St Kilda by 58 points, Melbourne v Collingwood - 99,346 the Western Bulldogs by 51 points and Sydney defeated North Melbourne by 35 points. But the upset of t MCG, 1958 eighth placed Collingwood as they defeated fifth • placed Adelaide by 31 points. In the second week of the Bulldogs defeated Sydney by 37 points, and St Kilda defeated Collingwood by 34 points. The third week s St Kilda Saints v Adelaide Crows - 98,828 the Western Bulldogs by 29 points, and Hawthorn defeat St Kilda by 54 points. Hawthorn defeated Geelo MCG, 27 September 1997 (Grand Final)

Individual awards

VFL/AFL records


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AFL Team of the Century B: HB: C: HF: F: Foll: Int: Bernie Smith (Geelong) Bruce Doull (Carlton) Stephen Silvagni (Carlton)

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John Nicholls (Carlton)

Ted Whitten (Footscray); Kevin Murray (Fitzroy) Captain Keith Greig (North Melbourne) Dick Reynolds (Essendon) Haydn Bunton, Sr. (Fitzroy) Bob Skilton (South Melbourne) Greg Williams (Geelong/Sydney/Carlton)

Francis Bourke (Richmond) Ian Stewart (St Kilda/Richmond) Alex Jesaulenko (Carlton/St Royce Hart (Richmond) Kilda) Leigh Matthews (Hawthorn) John Coleman (Essendon)

Graham Farmer (Geelong) Ron Barassi (Melbourne/Carlton) Gary Ablett, Sr. (Hawthorn/Geelong) Jack Dyer (Richmond)

Coach: Norm Smith (Fitzroy/Melbourne/South Melbourne) • West Coast Eagles v Sydney Swans - 97,431 MCG, 30 September 2006 (Grand Final) • Melbourne v Sydney - 32,789 B.C. Place, Vancouver, Canada, 1987 • • • • • Tony Lockett (St Kilda/Sydney) - 1,360 goals • Fred Fanning (Melbourne) - 18 goals


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Bob Pratt (South Melbourne, 1934) and Peter Hudson • Carlton 16, most recent 1995, Essendon 16, most recent 2000 Jim Stynes (Melbourne) - 244 • St Kilda - 27 Jared Crouch (Sydney) - 194 (Ended Rd 13, 2006 due • Collingwood - 4 Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle), Peter Street (Western 1927-1930 • James "Nipper" Bradford (North Melbourne/Collingw Essendon - 24 (incl. finals) • 2000 Aaron Sandilands (Fremantle) - 124 kg • Melbourne (7 between 1954 and 1960) and Hawthorn (7 between (Essendon) - 98.48m (109 yards, 1 fo Albert Thurgood 1983 and 1989) • Hawthorn (13 between 1982 and 1994) Doug Fraser and Alex Lang (Carlton) - 99 matches (br for 10 years plus 16 matches (numerous offences) in t North Melbourne (8 between 1993 and 2000) • AUD$987,000 imposed on Carlton F.C. 2002 (gross sa Geelong - 23 • 1952-1953 AUD$40,000 imposed on Simon Goodwin of Adelaide Hooper of Brisbane F.C. 2009 (discipline breaches) Geelong - 26 1952-1953

• University - 51 (1911-1914) • Michael Tuck (Hawthorn) - 426 games • Stephen Kernahan (Carlton) - 226 games

Representative football
International Rules Series

Each year, the AFL’s representative team plays in the In ing a set of compromise rules decided upon by both gove some rules from Australian rules football, such as allowi ball and some rules are taken from Gaelic football.


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The series resumed in 2008 which Ireland won the se tralia the matches have been played at the MCG and Tel Australia or Subiaco Oval in Perth, Western Australia. W the headquarters of the GAA.

State football

There is currently no official state representation for AF larly between 1879 and 1999. Despite calls for the retur ity event and the popularity of Rugby League State of Or the AFL clubs and ultimately unlikely as the competition In recent years, the WAFC and SANFL have named symb best AFL players from each state. There was a 2008 State of Origin style match to celeb ball. It was a Victoria V. All-Stars match (rather than the International Rules Football match at the TelMCG during the first bye weekend of season 2008. Victo stra Dome - Australia vs Ireland. Melbourne, Thompson and captained by Brisbane Lions star forward Australia coach Mark Williams and captained by Adelaide’s creativ ers rather than the usual 22 with 18 players on the field The teams battle it out for the Cormac McAnallen Cup. The cup is named after an Irish Gaelic Football a normal match). The AFL have stated that the chances o McAnallen, from Tyrone who played for his native Tyrone and on the Irish International Rules team in 20 tion of the game in 2008) is minimal. Cormac died of an undetected heart condition in his sleep on March 2 2004 aged 24. A year later Tyrone Ireland Football championship which manager Mickey Harte dedicated to Cormac with an emotional spee


See also: List of VFL/AFL presidents The AFL Commission is responsible for the administratio alism and self interest threatened to undermine the com The Commission’s chairman is Mike Fitzpatrick, a for Demetriou. After playing for North Melbourne and Hawt the football world as chief executive of the AFL Players A ations before succeeding Wayne Jackson. The Commission’s composition remains almost exclus Australia. In addition to administering the national competition, Australia. It provides funds for local leagues and in conju boys and girls. The AFL also plays a leading role in developing the ga level in other countries eg South Africa) and by supporti around the world). The players of the AFL are represented by the AFL Pl


The following are the most recent season attendances: 1 Finals total and Finals average include Grand Final cro ² Record. ³ Capacity reduced due to MCG refurbishment. The Cormac McAnallen Cup presented to the International Rules Series winners Television

The two test series is immensely popular with Australian television most years) has incorporated a fans and players and (in younger players to play in. The series was originated official1980s with television tours, butof the AFLin 19 The in the free-to-air irregular partners resumed are has since been played in every year, except 2007, due to the GAA cancelling the series following somepay matches per round, but have on-sold four of those to on ents during the 2006 series.


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Year 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 Home and Away 6,512,999² 6,475,521 6,204,056 6,283,788 5,909,836 5,876,515 5,648,021 5,919,026 5,731,091 5,768,611 6,119,861 5,853,449 5,222,266 5,119,694 Average 37,006 36,793 35,250 35,703 33,579 33,389 32,091 33,631 32,563 32,776 34,772 33,258 29,672 29,089 Finals1 571,760 575,424 532,178 480,112 458,326 478,425 449,445 525,993 566,562 472,007 572,733 560,406 478,773 594,919

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Average1 63,258 63,936 59,131 53,346 50,925 53,158 49,938 58,444 62,951 52,445 63,637 62,267 53,197 66,102 Grand Final 100,012 97,302 97,531 91,898 ³ 77,671³ 79,451³ 91,817 91,482 96,249 94,228 94,431 99,645 93,102 93,670

shown on each network. Fox Sports shows the other four matches exclusively live across Australia and re Footy Channel, which showed every game on replay dur matches. shows related to football.[28] In a complicated arrangement, Seven holds exclusive rights to Friday Night Football in January 2006 f When the rights were offered again in all the souther shown at 8:30pm local time. In NSW and Queensland (except Gold Coast region wherematch Nine’s offer used its guaranteed last bid rights to it is shown live on Prime Television), the game is broadcast live on Fox (effectively a fifth match) through the Main Event ch biggest sport telecasting deal in Australian history. After on Seven at different times into different regionsnow shows states. Seven also each week,Sunday mid-afte of the two four live matches shows the although no lon on delay depending on the market. Ten shows one Saturday only one game on Sunday, while Ten retained match and afternoon and one Saturday night match live ing on the market, the same as under the previous deal. Fox however shares first choice a late afternoon " Saturday and two on Sunday, including of game for the Saturday afternoon and Saturday night matches, and have exclusive access to the early Sunday afternoon Global telecasts Sunday game. In Victoria, if the early Sunday game is played at Canberra, Launceston or the Gold Coast, In and Western Australia also have the privilege of mos match at about 10.30pm that night. South Australia2007, after the record domestic television rights deal, rights and increase even if Fox overseas markets, includ away matches being shown live or near live on FTA TV through Fox, exposure tois scheduled to show it li pay tv networks.[30] The Grand Final was broadcast on Ten in 2007, and alternate between the two FTA networks until 201 The following screened the Brownlow medal count, t screen three Grand Finals to Seven’s two. As a consolation, Sevencountries are ranked by the approximat • - EM TV shows up to 3 games per week free-to-air, as Final and had their choice of the best finals throughout the finals series in the years they don’t broadcast • will have the same privilege in 2008 and 2010.[25] - Australia Network shows up to 3 games per week • - Sky Television Sport pay-TV shows up to increase vi Ten have discussed moving the traditional AFL Grand Final to a twilight time (5:00 P.M) to 3 games liv • - Australia Network shows highlights packages and so is unlikely given community support is against any changes. Ten have also announced that their Saturday • - Australia Network shows highlights packages and so matches will be shown in full high definition. broadcasts highlights and the AFL Grand Final. Telecast history • - Australia Network shows highlights packages and so 1957 was the first VFL season after the commencement of television in Australia in 1956 to coincide with • - The United States and Canada receive AFL telecast Olympic Games. During the late 1950s, 60s and 70s, all Melbourne stations (ABV2, HSV7, GTV9 and, afte highlights package called Fosters Australian Rules, an 1965, ATV0/ATV10) broadcast some games. However, the Grand Final) became a cult hit on what was tha of in the late 1950s/early 60s, the VFL was afraid the may affect attendances and stations were only permitted to telecast a delayed replay of the last notable S a regional network of cable networks (most quarter o 1980s, the Seven Network was given exclusive rights to VFL/AFL games. the Grandyear Seven Soccertelec with live coverage of The only Final. Fox didn’t Cha when the rights were bought by Broadcom, which on-sold thethe coverage of AFL games so that it could f dropping rights to the Australian Broadcasting Corpo exclusive rights were won back by Seven in 1988. The games were picked up the rights, by C7 Sport throu North America also shown on cable and now shows l but not Foxtel. games per week. MHz Worldview also shows a telesc In late 2000, the Seven Network’s main rivals, the Kerry Packer led postgame edited out) on Monday n intermissions, and Nine Network, Network Ten and p a consortium which bid $500 million for the right toboth on a one-week delay. seasons inclusive. organizat broadcast the 2002-2006 The AFANA is an Seven ha anteed right to make the last bid in 1995,[26] but • - Shows one outbid their rivals.[27] The games on pay decided not to live match on Eurosport 2, but is were sp works, with Nine screening Friday Night Football and two matches on Sunday, Ten showing a Saturday a Saturday night match and the remaining four matches shown on Foxtel. Foxtel set up a dedicated AFL-on


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• - AFL matches are not shown on free-to-air, however Sky Sports used to show a weekly highlights pack Publishing and print Final live. From 2007 Setanta Sports will show 2 or 3 live games, per week, during the season with a 1 The official print broadcast partner of the AFL is News L show. AFL and is read by around 225,000 people each Final • - Setanta broadcasts 3 games per week live including all of the AFL Finals and the AFL Grand week.liv selected NAB Cup games will be also live, while both Setanta and state broadcaster RTÉ televise the I Membership tests between Ireland and Australia. Irish language broadcaster TG4 airs highlights of the previous we free-to-air on Wednesdays. The AFL sells memberships that entitle subscribers to re • - Canal+ Spain shows highlights packages and delayed coverage of matches. Ground in Melbourne. AFL members also receive priorit


Grand Final tickets.

The first broadcast of a VFL game was by 3AR inMerchandising 1923, the year that broadcasting officially commenced i commentator was Wallace (Jumbo) Shallard, a former Geelong a chainwho went that sell merchandise fro The AFL runs player of stores on to have a long and res print and broadcast medias. The VFL/AFL has been broadcast every year since then by the ABC and (sinc AFL World commercial stations. The saturation period was the early 1960s when seven of the eight exant radio statio 3KZ, 3AW, 3XY and 3AK) broadcast VFL games each week,museumas broadcasts ofof Fame and Sensatio A modern as well called the Hall Geelong games by loc this time, the only alternative that radio listenersand to provide a venue for the Australian Football Hall o had to listening to the football on a Saturday afternoon music and fine arts programs that were broadcast by 3LO). the MCG, but the Hall of Fame failed to get su touted for Currently, the official radio broadcast partners of the AFL are: on Swanston Street was then chosen as the location. Ho • Triple M Melbourne (The Premier Radio Broadcast Partnerbegan running at a loss. Many blamed high the museum of the Australian Football League) • K-Rock Geelong (The Premier Radio Broadcast Partner of to the public.Football Club) the name was ch mains open the Geelong In early 2006 • ABC Local Radio ilia as well as a range of innovative interactive displays d • 3AW Melbourne Video games • FIVEaa Adelaide • 6PR Perth These are computer/video games that were licensed to u • SEN 1116 Melbourne • Australian Rules (1987) C64 • 98.9FM Brisbane • Aussie Rules Footy (1991) NES (first game to have Ad • Triple M Sydney (Broadcasts mostly only Swans matches) Fever (1996) PC (first game to have Frem • AFL Finals • Triple M Brisbane (Broadcasts mostly only Lions AFL ’97 (1996) PC (final game to have Fitzroy as a pla • matches) • Triple M Adelaide • AFL ’98 (1997) PSone, PC (PAL) (first game to have P • AFL ’99 (1998) PSone, PC (PAL) Internet • Aussie Rules Coach (2001) PC • AFL Sheedy Coach AFL also The official internet/mobile broadcast partner of theKevin is Bigpond. The(2002) PC provides exclusive bro AFL Live Bigpond also hosts the PC (PAL) cluding streaming video for international fans via•its website.2003 (2002) PS2, Xbox, official websites of a • AFL Live 2004 (2003) PS2, Xbox, PC (PAL) excluding Essendon. • AFL Live available in Edition (2004) PS2, Xbox, PC (P The service is also provided to international fans. Video is Premiershipas little as 12 hours after the ga • AFL Premiership 2005 (2005) PS2, Xbox, PC (PAL) reasonable for internet protocol. However, the website is frequently derided by• AFLin Australia for its convoluted information archite users Premiership 2006 (2006) PS2 (PAL) • AFL Premiership 2007 (2007) PS2 (PAL) [31][32] presentation. • Australian Rules Football (In Development, 2010) PS3

Corporate relations


The AFL is the subject of footy tipping and betting comp and professional bookmakers. In recent years national w The following are the official naming sponsors of tional, but more labour intensive, office or pub run comp the VFL/AFL competition: • Carlton & United Breweries (1980-81, 86, 89-94,Fantasy football competitions based on actual player 2001-03) websites and in newspapers. • Holden (1982-83) • Nissan (1984-85) • Sportsplay (1987) • Elder’s IXL (1988) [1] Linnell, Garry (1995). Football Ltd. Sydney: Pan Ma • Coca-Cola (1995-2001) [2] AFL wants SANFL name change, 27/6/2008, indepen • Toyota (2004-present) [3] ¹Note: In 2001 CUB and Coca-Cola were joint sponsors [4] V8 Supercars a TV ratings winner [5] Football in Australia [6] 4177.0 - Participation in Sport and Physical Activitie



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[7] Record Community Growth; AFL Annual ReportList of Australian Football League coaches • 2007 [8] "Clubs set record membership tally". 2008-07-15. • List of Australian Football League premiers Default.aspx?newsid=63354. Retrieved on 2008-09-21. • Australian Football League Pre-Season Cup Premiers [9] Wilson, Caroline; Raid on home turf of league; • List of Australian Football League night premiers [10] "Crikey - AFL in League heartland makes no • List-of VFL/AFL presidents sense AFL in League heartland makes no sense". Crike • List of Australian rules football incidents 2008-09-19. • AFL Draft [11] Flanagan, Martin; Go north or south, AFL, not west of overseas-born AFL players 2008-05-10 • List of the east;; [12] Stokes, Brett; No way, never, says Demetriou; Hobart VFL/AFL players by ethnicity • List of Mercury; 2008-04-18 [13] NSW Game Plan • Sports attendances [14] Massive pay hike • Australian rules football in Australia [15] • List of sports venues in Australia [16] • Goal of the Year [17] "AFL Current Players and Game Totals (2008)".Mark of the Year • http://www.aboriginalfoo afl08.html. Retrieved on 2008-03-23. • AFL Heritage Round [18] Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Australia". 2006 Census QuickStats. • History of Australian rules football in Victoria (1853-1 • Victorian Football League LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=0&producttype=QuickStats&breadcru Retrieved on 2007-11-09. [19] "ABN lookup". Aust Govt. 8 April 2007. • AFL official site search.aspx?StartSearch=True&SearchText=43054263473. [20] Witham, Jennifer; Drought over: Cats win byStatistics119 points;;29 September 2007 massive and Results • AlltheStats [21] AFL expansion: 18’s enough? • AFL Tables [22] FOX Sports: Tassie edge closer to AFL licence,, 9 July 2008 • Final Siren with 25 February 2007 [23] Robertson, Doug; Cornes calls for Origin return; Adelaide Now; comprehensive AFL Statistics 1980-2 • AFL Statistics by FootyWire [24] "More games, more viewers". Australian Football League. 8 February 2007. • Footystats Diary: AFL records/results/analysis plus ne NewsArticle/tabid/208/Default.aspx?newsId=38001. Major AFL news Sites [25] "Ten to screen 2007 GF". 21 December 2006. • Aussie Rules Latest News [26] ^ Day, Mark (1 Feb 2007); Pay TV strikes a deal on AFL; The Australian Headlines • up Online [27] Reynolds, Fiona (25 January 2001); Seven givesAFLAFL rights; PM (ABC radio) • The Age Footy News [28] Live and sweaty; 22 August 2002 [29] Barrett, Damian (20 January 2007); Foxtel in• Foxtwilight Australia AFL Sun footy Sports zone; Herald news • Herald Sun Footy News [30] AFL seals UK, US TV deal from History [31] New AFL Website - Whirlpool forums. [32] New AFL website - how bad is it? - BigFooty • Full Points Footy Discussion • AFL Online • The Animal Enclosure • List of Australian Football League grounds • AFL footballers

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