The Australian Football League (AFL) is the premier competition of Australian rules football in Australia. Originating in the state of Victoria and contested as the Victorian Football League between 1897 and 1990, the name was changed after clubs from other states were granted entry into the league.
There are 18 teams who compete in the AFL, with a series of home and away matches over a 23 round season. The top 8 teams then play in a 4 round final series, with the top 2 teams competing in the season ending AFL Grand Final, held each year at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The most successful teams are Carlton and Essendon, who have each won 16 premierships. The 2018 premiers were the West Coast Eagles.
AFL Grand Final
The AFL Grand Final is the culmination of the season, competed by the top 2 teams. Traditionally held on the final Saturday in September or the first Sunday in October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the winner’s receive the AFL’s premiership cup and the premiership flag.
Ticket availability for AFL tickets vary between clubs and the opposition they are playing, with derby matches in particular demand.
There are 18 clubs who compete in the AFL, with 10 of those based in Victoria. The 18 clubs are:
Adelaide Football Club (South Australia) – Adelaide Oval
Carlton Football Club (Victoria) – Docklands Stadium
Collingwood Football Club (Victoria) – MCG
Essendon Football Club (Victoria) – Docklands Stadium
Geelong Football Club (Victoria) – Kardinia Park
Gold Coast Football Club (Queensland) – Carrara Stadium
Greater Western Sydney Giants (New South Wales) – Sydney Showground
Hawthorn Football Club (Victoria) – MCG
Melbourne Football Club (Victoria) – MCG
North Melbourne Football Club (Victoria) – Docklands Stadium
Port Adelaide Football Club (South Australia) – Adelaide Oval
Richmond Football Club (Victoria) – MCG
St Kilda Football Club (Victoria) – Docklands Stadium
Sydney Swans (New South Wales) – SCG
Western Bulldogs (Victoria) – Docklands Stadium
Ticket information for purchasing AFL tickets can be found through the official website here.