The Australian Football League (AFL) is an 18-team league that is Australia’s most popular sport. The AFL started in 1896, when they were first known as the Victorian Football League, after six of the clubs from the Victorian Football Association left to start this new league. In 1990, the Victorian Football League would change its name to the Australian Football League, primarily due to some of the teams in the league not being located in Victoria.
Australia has many different Australian rules football leagues. However, the AFL is also the only men’s professional Australian rules football league. Being the only men’s professional league has made the AFL stand out in Australia for years.
The 2022 AFL season starts on March 16th, 2022, and concludes with the AFL championship on September 24th, 2022. Australia Football Team, the Melbourne Demons, will be going into the 2022 season as the defending champions of the 2021 AFL Championship.
Main Events During The AFL Year
The AFL also has several special themed events during their season. These are the listed themed matches, along with the year that they first started:
- Anzac Day Clash (1995)
- Dreamtime at the ‘G (2005)
- Easter Monday Clash
- Queen’s Birthday Match (2001)
At the end of the AFL season, the top eight teams will compete in a format that puts the 5th,6th,7th,and 8th ranked teams in elimination matches with each other. The 1st,2nd,3rd, and 4th ranked teams face each other in a qualifying match, with the winners getting a bye in the second week of finals play.
In week two week of the format of the finals, the winners of the elimination matches then go on to face the losers of the qualifying matches. Week three will see the winners of week two face the two teams that won the week one qualifying matches. Week four ends with the grand final, the AFL Championship match, in which the winners of week three face each other.
AFL Teams In The League
The AFL is composed of 18 teams that play in a 23-round regular season. Each team gets a bye-week, bringing the total games played to 22 for the regular season. These are the 18 teams in the AFL:
- Adelaide Crows
- Brisbane Lions
- Carlton Blues
- Collingwood Magpies
- Essendon Bombers
- Fremantle Dockers
- Geelong Cats
- Gold Coast Suns
- Greater Western Sydney Giants
- Hawthorn Hawks
- Melbourne Demons
- North Melbourne Kangaroos
- Port Adelaide Power
- Richmond Tigers
- St. Kilda Saints
- Sydney Swans
- West Coast Eagles
- Western Bulldogs
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