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Australian Football League
This is a page about the national league in Australian Rules Football. For information about the rules and history of the game see the Australian Rules Football page.
A 16-team, single division competition, the season is based around a 22-week "home-and-away" (regular) season starting in March through to August. The top eight teams play off in a series of finals culminating in the Grand Final, always held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, and usually held on the last Saturday in September. The regular season is preceded by the Wizard Cup, a pre-season, "night" competition.
In Victoria, where a majority of teams are still based and in the traditional Australian Rules football states of South Australia, Western Australia, and Tasmania, much of the citizenry takes an obsessive interest in the competition. Massive crowds attend many of the games.
All players are now full-time professionals; however, since only a few elite players can expect to earn enough to support themselves for the rest of their lives, many study during their playing careers. The clubs, whilst still owned by their large membership base, are large businesses.
Since 1999, in order to counter the increasing overseas influence of the International Australian Football Council, the AFL established an 'International Development Section', which actively assists - through logistical and financial support - newly formed national Australian Football associations. The IAFC does not dispute the AFL as the 'keeper of the code', and chooses at this stage not to openly challenge the AFL on juristictional issues.
(Note: Many clubs play several "home" matches at alternate grounds.)
- University (Withdrew in 1915)
- Fitzroy Lions (Merged with the Brisbane Bears after the 1996 season to form the Brisbane Lions)
- South Melbourne (Moved to Sydney in 1981 to become the Sydney Swans)
- Brisbane Bears (Merged with the Fitzroy Lions after the 1996 season to form the Brisbane Lions)
AFL/VFL Hall of Fame
For the centenary of the VFL/AFL in 1996, a Hall of Fame was formed. That year 136 Australian Rules identities were inducted, including 100 players, 10 coaches, 10 umpires, 10 administrators and 6 media representatives. "Legend of the Game" status was conferred on 12 players and another five in following years.
The original legends (in alphabetical order):
- Ron Barassi Junior
- Haydn Bunton Senior
- Roy Cazaly
- John Coleman
- Gordon Coventry
- Jack Dyer
- Graham Farmer
- Leigh Matthews
- John Nicholls
- Bob Pratt
- Dick Reynolds
- Bob Skilton
- Ted Whitten Senior
- Ian Stewart
- Peter Hudson
- Kevin Bartlett
- Barry Robran
- Bill Hutchison
Team of the Century
To celebrate the 100th season of the VFL/AFL, the "AFL Team of the Century" was named in 1996.
|Backs:||Bernie Smith (Geelong)||Stephen Silvagni (Carlton)||John Nicholls (Carlton)|
|Half Backs:||Bruce Doull (Carlton)||Ted Whitten (Footscray)||Kevin Murray (Fitzroy)|
|Centres:||Keith Greig (North Melbourne)||Ian Stewart (St Kilda, Richmond)||Francis Bourke (Richmond)|
|Half Forwards:||Alex Jesaulenko (Carlton, St Kilda)||Royce Hart (Richmond)||Dick Reynolds (Essendon)|
|Forwards:||Leigh Matthews (Hawthorn)||John Coleman (Essendon)||Haydn Bunton Senior (Fitzroy)|
|Followers:||Graham Farmer (Geelong)||Ron Barassi (Melbourne, Carlton)||Bob Skilton (South Melbourne)|
|Interchange:||Gary Ablett (Hawthorn, Geelong)||Jack Dyer (Richmond)||Greg Williams (Geelong, Sydney, Carlton)|
- Australian Rules Football
- List of footballers (Australian rules football)
- List of Australian Football League premiers
- Brownlow Medal
- Coleman Medal
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