Australian Football History
The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-famous expert rivalry in the game of Australian standards football. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL likewise fills in as the game's overseeing body, and is in charge of controlling the laws of the diversion. The group was established as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the past Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season initiating in 1897. Initially including just groups situated in the Australian condition of Victoria, the opposition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, subsequent to extending to different states all through the 1980s.
The association at present comprises of 18 groups spread more than five of Australia's six states (Tasmania being the special case). Matches have been played in all terrain states and regions of Australia, and in addition in New Zealand. The AFL season as of now comprises of a pre-season rivalry (as of now marked as the "JLT Community Series"), trailed by a 23-round normal (or "home-and-away") season, which keeps running amid the Australian winter (March to September). The finish eight groups then play off in a four-round finals arrangement, coming full circle in the AFL Grand Final, which is held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground every year. The triumphant group in the Grand Final is named the "premiers", and is granted the prevalence glass. The present premiers are the Western Bulldogs.
Australia has a legendary and famous sporting history that all started when the first few British people came over to Australia bringing their traditional sports. The early sports that were played in Australia that came from the British were cricket, Rugby union and league, horse racing and netball which was basketball but for women. All these sports that are played seriously today in Australia in sporting competitions and games all date back to the pre-colonial period. (History.com, 2014) Men traditionally played most sports but women participated in a few sports mainly tennis and croquet for social and relaxation purposes, this was mainly for the upper class women. The lower class women mainly competed in boxing and other sports to win money.
In 1857, Tom Wills, one of the founders of Australian Football, returned to Australia after schooling in England where he was football captain of Rugby School and a brilliant cricketer. Initially, he advocated the winter game of football as a way of keeping cricketers fit during off-season.
The new game was devised by Wills, his cousin H.C.A. Harrison, W.J. Hamersley and J.B. Thompson. The Melbourne Football Club was formed on August 7, 1858 – the year of the code's first recorded match between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar School.
The game quickly blossomed. The Geelong Football Club was formed in 1859 and in 1866 an updated set of rules was put in place and competition started.
The Victorian Football League was established in 1896 and the following year the League’s first games were played among the foundation clubs – Carlton, Collingwood, Essen don, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne.
In 1908, Richmond and University joined the competition. But after the 1914 season, University left the League. In 1925, Foots Cray (now the Western Bulldogs), Hawthorn and North Melbourne joined the VFL.
This line-up of 12 clubs would remain unchanged until 1987 when the competition expanded to include the West Coast Eagles and the Brisbane Bears. By 1997, the competition comprised 16 clubs after Adelaide (in 1991), Fremantle (in 1995), and Port Adelaide (in 1997) joined the now Australian Football League and foundation club Fitzroy merged with the Brisbane Bears to form the Brisbane Lions (after the 1996 season). In 2011 the Gold Coast Suns joined the competition, followed by the Greater Western Sydney Giants, creating the 18-team national competition we see today.
Australian Football Teams
The 2017 Australian Football League season will be the 121st season of the elite Australian Rules football competition. There will be 18 teams competing in the league, the same as the previous five seasons. The first game will be played on Thursday, 23 March, and is scheduled to conclude with the 2017 AFL Grand Final on Saturday, 30 September.