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The AFL explained: past and present

AFL Explained

A guide to all aspects of the unique game of Australian Football

May 30, 2012  3:34 PM

About

What is Australian football? Get the basics including how the game is played, player positions, key skills and scoring.

Learning AFL

Learning AFL is a guide to the game of Australian football.  AFL is a fast, exciting and athletic sport and with some basic information Australian football is easy to understand.

The first written Rules of Football, May 1858

Ever wondered what the first ever rules of Australian Football looked like?  See the original handwritten document.

Rule Changes 1858-2013

Follow the journey of Australian Football rule changes from 1858 to present day.

Chronology

Follow the sequence of events that have occurred throughout the history of Australian Football.

History

Australian Football was founded as a way of keep cricketers fit during off-season. The first match was played between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar in 1858.

Corporate Governance

The AFL Commission acknowledges the importance of good corporate governance...

Laws of the Game

The Laws of Australian Football allow for the game to be played in a safe and fun environment.

Rookie Players

The Rookie List is recognised as one of the key list management tools available to clubs, providing more flexibility in the way players can enter the competition.

Veteran Players

The new Veterans’ Rule started on November 1, 2012. Click here to read more about Veterans' Allowance and Veteran's Transition.

Free agency

Free agency was introduced at the end of the 2012 season, giving players another vehicle to transfer from one club to another.

Special Assistance Rule

The Special Assistance Rule applies a formula to determine a club's eligibility for priority picks.

Policies

Read the policies of the AFL.