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Australian Football League: Australian rules football competition
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent and only fully professional men's competition of Australian rules football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. 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 VFL, with the aim of becoming a national competition, began expanding beyond Victoria to other Australian states in the 1980s, and in 1990 changed its name to the AFL.

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Richmond Tigers destroy GWS Giants to win AFL grand final

Richmond have beaten GWS by 89 points in the AFL grand final at the MCG.
SBS - Published

I never thought I'd feel this way about an AFL team

Rugby league has been my religion but now I'm marching in the orange army.
The Age - Published

From jail cell to AFL grand final debut for Marlion Pickett

Midfielder Marlion Pickett will make his AFL debut for Richmond in Saturday's AFL Grand Final.
SBS - Published

PM hand-balls Treasurer a grand final start

For the first time since Tony Abbott skipped out on the North Melbourne AFL grand final breakfast in 2014, it won’t be the Prime Minister delivering the official address.
The Age - Published

AFL's newest club hopes grand final will inspire Western Sydney community

GWS is contesting its first ever Grand Final when they take on Richmond on Saturday, we talk to the fans and the community the club represents.
SBS - Published

'Seek help': Wife of Danny Frawley makes emotional statement about mental health

The wife of Danny Frawley has penned an open letter about the AFL legend's death.
SBS - Published

Australian actor Paul Cronin dies at 81

Known for his role on The Sullivans TV soap opera and founding AFL team the Brisbane bears, Paul Cronin has been remembered as a 'great actor [and] great guy'.
SBS - Published

Frawley's death in car crash shocks AFL world

Danny Frawley's AFL contemporaries are paying tribute after the former player, coach and media commentator's death in a car crash in regional Victoria.
SBS - Published

'You don’t look like a footballer': one woman's journey from fan to player

Growing up in Melbourne, this writer worshipped the top male players of the AFL. She traces her path from devoted supporter to competitor.
The Age - Published

Adam Goodes documentary set to make Festival debut

A documentary about AFL champion Adam Goodes charts the dual Brownlow medallist's successful playing career and controversy surrounding a 2013 racist incident.
SBS - Published

Festival debut for Adam Goodes documentary

A documentary about AFL champion Adam Goodes charts the dual Brownlow medallist's successful playing career and controversy surrounding a 2013 racist incident.
SBS - Published

Schoolchildren point out good reasons to support Adam Goodes

When Kanju Biri artist Kathryn Dodd Farrawell started painting a mural at Vaucluse Public School, she didn't intend to include AFL star Adam Goodes.
The Age - Published

AFL greats wish they did more for taunted Swan Adam Goodes

AFL greats say they wish the sport had done more to stand up for booed Swans legend Adam Goodes.
The Age - Published

Majak Daw in emotional comeback after fall from Melbourne bridge

North Melbourne's Majak Daw has played his first game of VFL football since falling from Melbourne's Bolte Bridge just over six months ago.
SBS - Published

Neale Daniher named Victorian of the Year

AFL figure Neale Daniher has been named the 2019 Victorian of the Year for his fight against motor neurone disease following his own diagnosis in 2013.
SBS - Published

AFL apologises to Adam Goodes for racism saga

The AFL has admitted it didn't do enough to call out the racism that overshadowed the end of Adam Goodes' career.
SBS - Published

'This is not the person you have been': how AFL's Chris Yarran became meth's new ‘poster boy'

The story was laid bare on Thursday in Perth's District Court as Yarran stared down the barrel of a lengthy jail term for a desperate and violent crime spree. 
The Age - Published

The terror detector dogs protecting Australia's footy fans

With the AFL season in full swing, dogs are being used to help combat threats at major sporting venues including the MCG.
SBS - Published

AFL legend to Scott Morrison: Unite us, PM

Essendon hero and campaigner for indigenous rights Michael Long has called on the Prime Minister to captain an Australian team to end Aboriginal disadvantage.
SBS - Published

Bug to blame for AFL Anzac lunch illness

A rabbit and chicken terrine entree could be to blame for a suspected food poisoning outbreak which hit more than 30 guests at an official Anzac AFL luncheon.
SBS - Published

Food poisoning floors AFL Anzac guests

Investigations are underway after a number of people fell ill with stomach complaints at an official lunch for the traditional Anzac Day AFL fixture.
SBS - Published

AFL criticised over plans for Anzac Day performance

The AFL has been urged to reconsider its decision to book Perth band Birds of Tokyo for a performance before the Essendon and Collingwood clash on Anzac Day.
SBS - Published

McGuire says he felt ill after TV gaffe

Media personality Eddie McGuire has returned to his regular radio duties after his AFL commentary blunder and again apologised for the gaffe.
SBS - Published

McGuire takes to airwaves after AFL gaffe

Media personality Eddie McGuire has returned to his regular radio duties after his AFL commentary blunder and again apologised for the gaffe.
SBS - Published

'Their right to do something': Caroline Wilson demands AFL act on McGuire

Football writer Caroline Wilson believes it is within the right of the AFL to take action over Collingwood president Eddie McGuire’s controversial comments about a coin toss on Friday.
The Age - Published

Adelaide Oval box office staff were directed to stop selling to Aboriginal patrons

Adelaide Oval box office staff were told ‘not to sell tickets to any more Aboriginal people’ at a NAIDOC week AFL game last year.
SBS - Published

Charges, bans pending after AFL brawl

A group of men involved in an post-siren brawl at last week's Richmond versus Geelong AFL season opener could still be charged, police say.
SBS - Published

AFL brawlers could still be charged

Victoria's top cop says a group of men involved in an after-match brawl at last week's AFL opener could still be charged.
SBS - Published

AFL boss flags bans for MCG brawlers

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has flagged potential bans for a group of footy fans caught brawling at Thursday night's AFL season opener.
SBS - Published

Australia's PM slams social media 'grubs' after Aussie Rules player abused

Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison has described social media users who posted abusive comments beneath a photograph of Australian Rules player Tayla Harris as "cowardly grubs".
Reuters - Published

AFLW star’s photo targeted by 'reprehensible' social media attack

Channel 7 had removed a photo from its AFL Twitter account, after trolls posted inappropriate comments.
SBS - Published

Superstar Greene ready for Giants return

Giants forward Toby Greene will play his first full game of the AFL pre-season on Saturday as he prepares to face off against Essendon in the season opener.
SBS - Published

AFL program for Muslim youth gets $1m boost

The federal government is continuing its support of the Bachar Houli AFL program, providing $1.2 million to help boys and girls develop their football skills.
SBS - Published

How racial abuse led Joel Amartey to his AFL debut

Joel Amartey overcame racial abuse to become a Sydney Swans rookie.
SBS - Published

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