One of these following facts about AFL might give you much information about this league. AFL, also known as Australian Football League (AFL) is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport’s governing body, and is responsible for controlling the Lews of the Game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition’s name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s. To get to know more about this league, here are some other facts about AFL you might want to know.
Facts about AFL 1: Teams
The league currently consists of 18 teams spread over five states of Australia, although the majority (ten teams) are still based in Victoria. The AFL season currently consists of a pre-season competition (currently branded as the “NAB Challenge”), followed by a 23-round regular (or “home-and-away”) season, which runs during the Australian winter (March to September).
Facts about AFL 2: AFL Grand Final
The top eight teams then play off in a finals series culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The winning team in the Grand Final is termed the “premiers”, and is awarded the premiership cup. The current premiers are the Hawthorn Hawks.
Facts about AFL 3: Victorian Football League
The Victorian Football League was established in 1896 when six of the strongest clubs in Victoria – Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne and South Melbourne – broke away from the established Victorian Football Association to establish the new league.
Facts about AFL 4: Brownlow Medal
In 1919, the VFL established a seconds/reserves competition to run alongside the senior competition. 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.
Facts about AFL 5: Renaming
The league was officially renamed the Australian Football League in 1990 to reflect the new national perspective;the VFA later took over the Victorian Football League name in 1996.
Facts about AFL 6: Millenium
The AFL logo was again changed in 2000, with a new look intended to coincide with the new millennium. Rivals Collingwood and Carloton, played a pre-season match known as the ‘Millennium Match’ on New Year’s Eve 1999. The new Dockland Stadium hosted its first match in Round 1, 2000, and it was the first AFL match played under a retractable roof.
Facts about AFL 7: Players
AFL players are drawn from a number of sources; however, most players enter the league through the AFl Draft, held at the end of each season. A small number of players have converted from other sports, or been recruited internationally. Prior to the nationalisation of the competition, a zoning system was in place. At the end of the season, the best 22 players and coach from across the competition are selected in the All-Australian team.
Facts about AFL 8: Traditional Aboriginal Game
Australian Football was influenced by many well-known sports such as early forms of soccer and rugby, but did you know that it may also have been influenced by a traditional Aboriginal game called Marngrook? Marngrook involved kicking a ball, (made from animal skin and stuffed with feathers or charcoal) high into the air.
Facts about AFL 9: Most-played
Although Australian Football was developed in Australia, it is now played by more than 100,000 people in over 80 countries. You can find AFL competitions in Nauru, Denmark, Sweden, the USA, Canada and South Africa, to name just a few.
Facts about AFL 10: Indigenous Australians
About nine per cent of AFL players are Indigenous Australians. Considering that only two per cent of the total Australian population are Indigenous, this is an impressive statistic. There have been many amazing Indigenous footballers over the years, including Andrew McLeod, Gavin Wanganeen, Graham Farmer, Michael Long and Nicky Winmar.
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