Australian Rules 2017
Originally concieved as a way for cricketers to stay fit during the winter break (ironic when you consider Warney, Booney, Merv and Boof), Australian Rules Football or Aussie Rules has grown into the highest attended and most watched sport in the country. This weird and wonderful game began in an 1858 schoolboy match between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar. The game lasted three days, with the eventual score a mighty one goal apiece (and you thought flooding was bad now). Aussie Rules exploded in Victoria in the early 1900s with the creation of the VFL in 1896, and since interstate expansion began in the 1980s, the game has gone from strength to strength - becoming a truly national code in 1990 with the advent of the AFL we know and love today.
|Adelaide Crows||Adelaide, South Australia||AAMI Stadium||51,515||1991||2|
|Brisbane Lions||Brisbane, Queensland||The Gabba||42,000||1997||3|
|Carlton Blues||Melbourne, Victoria||Etihad Stadium||53,355||1897||16|
|Collingwood Magpies||Melbourne, Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground||100,018||1897||15|
|Essendon Bombers||Melbourne, Victoria||Etihad Stadium||53,355||1897||16|
|Fremantle Dockers||Fremantle, Western Australia||Subiaco Oval Oval||43,500||1995||0|
|Geelong Cats||Geelong, Victoria||Kardinia Park||28,000||1897||9|
|Gold Coast Suns||Gold Coast, Queensland||Carrara Stadium||25,000||2011||0|
|Greater Western Sydney Giants||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||81,500||2012||0|
|Hawthorn Hawks||Melbourne, Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground||100,018||1925||11|
|Melbourne Demons||Melbourne, Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground||100,018||1897||12|
|North Melbourne Kangaroos||Melbourne, Victoria||Etihad Stadium||53,355||1925||4|
|Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide, South Australia||AAMI Stadium||51,515||1997||1|
|Richmond Tigers||Melbourne, Victoria||Melbourne Cricket Ground||100,018||1908||10|
|St Kilda Saints||Melbourne, Victoria||Etihad Stadium||53,355||1897||1|
|Sydney Swans||Sydney, New South Wales||ANZ Stadium||81,500||1897||5|
|West Coast Eagles||Perth, Western Australia||Subiaco Oval||43,500||1987||3|
|Western Bulldogs||Melbourne, Victoria||Etihad Stadium||53,355||1925||1|
AFL Fast Facts
- It may seem strange, but Aussie Rules is an older sport than most other football codes in the world, including soccer. The first rules were drawn up by the Melbourne Football Club in 1859.
- Learn your footy lingo: players don’t ‘catch’ the ball, they ‘mark’ it; kicking the ball around your body is a ‘banana’, a jumping mark over another player is a ‘speccy’ and an umpire is generally described as ‘blind’.
- AFL is now played by around 100,000 people in over 80 countries (but we’re pretty sure we’re still the champions).