Australian Football League

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The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent and only fully professional men's competition of Australian rules football.wikipedia
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AFL Grand Final

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The top eight teams then play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year.
The AFL Grand Final is an annual Australian rules football match, traditionally held on the final Saturday in September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, to determine the Australian Football League (AFL) premiers for that year.

List of VFL/AFL premiers

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The grand final winner is termed the "premiers", and is awarded the premiership cup.
The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football.

AFL Commission

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Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game.
The AFL Commission is the official governing body of Australian rules football and the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's elite national competition.

1897 VFL season

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Originally known as the Victorian Football League (VFL), it was founded in 1896 as a breakaway competition from the Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing the following year.
The 1897 Victorian Football League season was the inaugural season of the VFL Australian rules football competition.

North Melbourne Football Club

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The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as a junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season. In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne each crossing from the VFA.
The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Kangaroos or less formally the Roos, the Kangas or North, is an Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.

Richmond Football Club

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The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as a junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season. In 1908, the league expanded to ten teams, with Richmond crossing from the VFA and University Football Club from the Metropolitan Football Association.
The Richmond Football Club, nicknamed the Tigers, is a professional Australian rules football club playing in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.

AFL finals series

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The top eight teams then play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year.
The Australian Football League finals series, more generally known as the AFL finals, and known from 1897 until 1989 as the Victorian Football League finals series or VFL finals, is a tournament held at the end of each AFL season to determine the premier.

Western Bulldogs

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The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as a junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season. In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne each crossing from the VFA.
The Western Bulldogs (formerly the Footscray Football Club ) is a professional Australian rules football club that competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's premier competition.

Hawthorn Football Club

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In 1925, the VFL expanded from nine teams to twelve, with Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne each crossing from the VFA.
The Hawthorn Football Club, nicknamed the Hawks, is a professional Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Australian rules football

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The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent and only fully professional men's competition of Australian rules football.
Australian football has the highest spectator attendance and television viewership of all sports in Australia, while the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's only fully professional competition, is the nation's wealthiest sporting body.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

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The top eight teams then play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, VFL Park (later known as Waverley Park), to give it some independence from the Melbourne Cricket Club, which managed the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
It has also maintained strong ties with Australian rules football since its codification in 1859, and has become the principal venue for Australian Football League (AFL) matches, including the AFL Grand Final, the world's highest attended league championship event.

Melbourne University Football Club

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In 1908, the league expanded to ten teams, with Richmond crossing from the VFA and University Football Club from the Metropolitan Football Association.
The club achieved prominence by being a member of Victoria's elite competition in the early 20th century, the Victorian Football League (VFL), between 1908 and 1914, and has also fielded a women's team (nicknamed the "Mugars") in the Victorian Women's Football League (VWFL) and VFL Women's (VFLW) until 2019.

Norm Smith

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Melbourne became a powerhouse during the 1950s and early 1960s under coach Norm Smith and star player Ron Barassi.
Norman Walter "Norm" Smith (21 November 1915 – 29 July 1973) was an Australian rules football player and coach in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Alex Jesaulenko

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The 1970 Grand Final between traditional rivals Carlton and Collingwood, arguably the league's most famous game which saw Carlton recover from a 44-point deficit at half-time to win the game by ten points, featured a famous spectacular mark by Alex Jesaulenko, and was witnessed by a record crowd of 121,696.
Alex Jesaulenko (Олександр Васильович Єсауленко, ; born 2 August 1945 in Salzburg, Austria) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach who represented and in the Victorian Football League (VFL) from the 1960s to the 1980s.

VFL/AFL pre-season competition

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The following season, the competition did not overlap with the day premiership season at all, and became entirely a pre-season competition.
In the Australian Football League (AFL), previously the Victorian Football League (VFL), the pre-season competition, known during its history by a variety of sponsored names and most recently as the NAB Cup, was an annual Australian rules football tournament held amongst clubs prior to the premiership season between 1988 and 2013.

Sydney Swans

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The Swans moved their home games to Sydney in 1982, officially renaming themselves the Sydney Swans the following year.
The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ron Barassi

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Melbourne became a powerhouse during the 1950s and early 1960s under coach Norm Smith and star player Ron Barassi.
The following year, his father moved to Melbourne to play VFL football with the Melbourne Football Club.

Waverley Park

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In 1959, the VFL planned the first purpose built mega-stadium, VFL Park (later known as Waverley Park), to give it some independence from the Melbourne Cricket Club, which managed the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
For most of its history, its purpose was as a neutral venue and used by all Victorian-based Victorian Football League/Australian Football League clubs.

Spectacular mark

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The 1970 Grand Final between traditional rivals Carlton and Collingwood, arguably the league's most famous game which saw Carlton recover from a 44-point deficit at half-time to win the game by ten points, featured a famous spectacular mark by Alex Jesaulenko, and was witnessed by a record crowd of 121,696.
Many of the winners of the Australian Football League's annual Mark of the Year competition could be considered 'speckies', and commentators will often call an individual specky "a contender" in reference to this competition and the mark's likeliness to win it.

West Australian Football League

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In 1986, the West Australian Football League and Queensland Australian Football League were awarded licences to field expansion teams in the VFL, leading to the establishment of the West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears, who both joined the league in 1987.
The WAFL is the third-most popular league in the nation, behind the nationwide Australian Football League (AFL) and South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

West Coast Eagles

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In 1986, the West Australian Football League and Queensland Australian Football League were awarded licences to field expansion teams in the VFL, leading to the establishment of the West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears, who both joined the league in 1987.
The West Coast Eagles Football Club, nicknamed The Eagles, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Perth, Western Australia that plays in the Australian Football League (AFL).

VFL Night Series

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The Night Series is generally considered to be of equivalent importance as the pre-season competition and the VFL Night Series (1956–1971), and records relating to the three competitions are often combined.
The competition was a consolation series, played on weekday nights each September as a knock-out tournament amongst teams which failed to reach the Victorian Football League finals.

East Fremantle Football Club

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Of particular note were approaches by the East Perth Royals in 1980, the Norwood Redlegs in 1986 and 1988, and an East-South Fremantle merger proposal in 1987.
In 1987, a Perth-based club – the West Coast Eagles – joined an expanded Victorian Football League.

East Perth Football Club

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Of particular note were approaches by the East Perth Royals in 1980, the Norwood Redlegs in 1986 and 1988, and an East-South Fremantle merger proposal in 1987.
From 2014 until 2018, East Perth served as the host club for the West Coast Eagles of the Australian Football League, the arrangement saw West Coast's reserves players playing in the WAFL for East Perth.

Victoria (Australia)

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The VFL, aiming to become a national competition, began expanding beyond Victoria to other Australian states in the 1980s, and changed its name to the AFL in 1990.
The ground is also considered the "spiritual home" of Australian cricket and Australian rules football, and hosts the grand final of the Australian Football League (AFL) each year, drawing crowds of approximately 100,000.