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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.


Aboriginal Corporation confirms Shane Martin is Indigenous as he attempts again to re-enter Australia

The 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.
The Age - Published

Muslim AFL star Bachar Houli welcomes $850k youth work grant as government boosts anti-hate program

The federal government has announced funding for two initiatives aimed at promoting acceptance in society.
SBS - Published

AFL youth leader helps score centre grant

Two-time AFL premiership player Bachar Houli's youth work has a new home at the Australian Islamic Centre with an $850,000 federal grant.
SBS - Published

AFL teams up with Lifeline to boost mental health awareness

The Australian Football League has joined forces with Lifeline as an official charity partner to help promote mental health, on the field and off.
SBS - Published

'We will walk off the field if you do it': Indigenous AFL players considered walkoffs

There are more than 70 indigenous players in the AFL and they watched The Final Quarter documentary about Adam Goodes as a group.
SBS - Published

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

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