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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, 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.
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Women's AFL team suprises deaf teammate with Auslan rendition of club songThe team spent over a month learning the song using hand signs to surprise their hearing-impaired teammate.
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AFL apologises to Indigenous players after vaccine confusionThe AFL Players Association raised concerns with the league over a requirement for Indigenous players to have a pneumococcal vaccination before entering a quarantine hub.
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AFL club Collingwood appoints Indigenous professor Larissa Behrendt to lead review into racism claims by Heritier LumumbaCollingwood director Peter Murphy says the appointment of Indigenous academic Larissa Behrendt to head the investigation is aimed at returning a "full and frank account" of racism at the AFL club.
Queensland to host six AFL teams as all Victorian clubs leave coronavirus-hit stateAll 10 Victorian AFL clubs will leave the state and enter hubs in either WA, NSW or Queensland.
Victorians banned from NSW footy fixtures, Sydney high school closedNSW has banned Victorian visitors from its NRL and AFL fixtures, while a school in Sydney's southwest has closed after a Year 7 student tested positive for coronavirus.
AFL game suspended after Conor McKenna becomes first AFL player to test positive for coronavirusConor McKenna tested negative five times before the positive result.
AFL players take a knee in support of Black Lives Matter movementAFL players have taken a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement before the opening bounce of Thursday night's Richmond and Collingwood clash at the MCG.
Police officer stood down over photo leak of ex-AFL coach Dean LaidleyA Victorian police officer is expected to be charged over the leaking of photos of former AFL coach Dean Laidley inside a police station after he was arrested.
Good Weekend Talks: Portrait of AFL boss Gillon McLachlan in a time of crisisListen to Konrad Marshall's intimate profile of Gillon McLachlan followed by a discussion of the AFL chief's handling of the pandemic with senior sports writer Michael Gleeson.
'Unprecedented': AFL season postponed due to coronavirus crisisThe 2020 AFL season has been suspended, and 2020 AFLW season abandoned, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
AFL season postponed amid coronavirus concernsThe AFL season has been suspended and AFLW season abandoned due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Australian rules football season to go ahead despite coronavirusThe 2020 Australian Football League (AFL) season is to begin as planned despite the coronavirus outbreak.
AFL to start tomorrow despite coronavirus, AFLW finals moved to begin this weekendThe AFL season will start on time with Richmond to host Carlton on Thursday night, while the last two rounds of the AFLW season have been scrapped to bring the finals series forward to this weekend.
AFL to start tomorrow, AFLW finals to begin this weekend in moves forced by coronavirusThe AFL season will start on time with Richmond to host Carlton on Thursday night, while the last two rounds of the AFLW season have been scrapped to bring the finals series forward to this weekend.
AFL cuts 2020 season to 17 rounds as coronavirus fallout continuesThe AFL's 2020 season will be cut from 23 rounds to 17 as the sport deals with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis.
AFL, NRL to push on with seasons despite COVID-19 outbreakSporting competitions across the world are shutting down because of the coronavirus pandemic but the AFL and NRL are pushing on with their seasons.
AFL season to start on time but without fans due to coronavirus outbreakFans will be locked out of AFL games as part of the league's measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Coronavirus casting uncertainty over F1 Grand Prix, AFL season openerSporting codes and events around Australia are struggling to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Aboriginal Corporation confirms Shane Martin is Indigenous as he attempts again to re-enter AustraliaThe father of AFL star Dustin Martin has again attempted to re-enter Australia after being deported, claiming he is Indigenous in the wake of the High Court deciding Aboriginals cannot be deported.
Muslim AFL star Bachar Houli welcomes $850k youth work grant as government boosts anti-hate programThe federal government has announced funding for two initiatives aimed at promoting acceptance in society.
AFL youth leader helps score centre grantTwo-time AFL premiership player Bachar Houli's youth work has a new home at the Australian Islamic Centre with an $850,000 federal grant.
AFL teams up with Lifeline to boost mental health awarenessThe Australian Football League has joined forces with Lifeline as an official charity partner to help promote mental health, on the field and off.
'We will walk off the field if you do it': Indigenous AFL players considered walkoffsThere are more than 70 indigenous players in the AFL and they watched The Final Quarter documentary about Adam Goodes as a group.
Richmond Tigers destroy GWS Giants to win AFL grand finalRichmond have beaten GWS by 89 points in the AFL grand final at the MCG.
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From jail cell to AFL grand final debut for Marlion PickettMidfielder Marlion Pickett will make his AFL debut for Richmond in Saturday's AFL Grand Final.
PM hand-balls Treasurer a grand final startFor 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.
AFL's newest club hopes grand final will inspire Western Sydney communityGWS 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.
'Seek help': Wife of Danny Frawley makes emotional statement about mental healthThe wife of Danny Frawley has penned an open letter about the AFL legend's death.
Australian actor Paul Cronin dies at 81Known 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'.
Frawley's death in car crash shocks AFL worldDanny Frawley's AFL contemporaries are paying tribute after the former player, coach and media commentator's death in a car crash in regional Victoria.
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Adam Goodes documentary set to make Festival debutA documentary about AFL champion Adam Goodes charts the dual Brownlow medallist's successful playing career and controversy surrounding a 2013 racist incident.
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AFL greats wish they did more for taunted Swan Adam GoodesAFL greats say they wish the sport had done more to stand up for booed Swans legend Adam Goodes.
Majak Daw in emotional comeback after fall from Melbourne bridgeNorth Melbourne's Majak Daw has played his first game of VFL football since falling from Melbourne's Bolte Bridge just over six months ago.
Neale Daniher named Victorian of the YearAFL 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.
AFL apologises to Adam Goodes for racism sagaThe AFL has admitted it didn't do enough to call out the racism that overshadowed the end of Adam Goodes' career.