The AFL is the governing organisation for Australian rules football, an exciting version of the sport that effuses rugby with distinctive characteristics to produce a fascinating hybrid that is all the rage among the natives and expats living in Australia. It's the quintessential sport in the land 'Down Under'. AFL tickets are ready now to buy or to sell via StubHub.
Explore the long evolution of the AFL
Starting with the Victoria Football Association back in 1877 until the dawn of the premiership, the AFL has traversed a long and winding road. The schism in the late 1890s that produced the Victoria Football League commenced a long battle between the organisations for supremacy in Australia and by 1908, when Richmond became the 10th member of the VFL, there was no doubt as to who would emerge victorious. The first Victoria Football League championship trophy was awarded in 1959 and with the advent of televised sports two years earlier, quickly consolidated its hold at the top. Collingwood Magpies, a four time VFL cup winner is one of the teams in the league along with Adelaide Crows, Carlton Blues and St. Kilda Saints. The Victoria Football League would continue its reign over the Australian sport until a serious challenge was mounted by the newly created National Football League over the issue of football under lights. The VFL seceded, established funding for and created a rival 'Night Series' that would see off the competition in short order. AFL tickets are available now for purchase or sale via StubHub.
Facts of interest and other AFL trivia
The AFL, as the pre-eminent organisation of Australia's national sport, instituted a national draft in 1986 and a salary cap for all professional players followed in 1987. There are approximately eighteen teams that compete at the premier level, while the AFL also has a women's league with thirteen teams from cities including from Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. 2017 marked another highlight in the history of the AFL, when Port Adelaide and Gold Coast Suns played the first official league match in Shanghai, China to a crowd of more than 10,000, however the honour for first official league match outside of Australia went to Wellington, New Zealand, who hosted Sydney and St. Kilda in 2013. Each team plays a series of 'home and away' matches against every other club, starting around the end of March and lasting until the beginning of September, with the top eight teams progressing to a playoff round to determine who will compete in the Grand Final for the coveted pennant and the E. L. Wilson Shield. AFL tickets are ready now for purchase or sale via StubHub.
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