In 2018, the AFL clubs and competition surpassed one million members for the first time in the game’s history, alongside record-setting levels of participation at community level and the largest attendances for the elite competition in history, both for the regular season and the finals.

On the field, both grand finals went down to the wire with the Western Bulldogs claiming the AFLW premiership by six points over the Brisbane Lions while West Coast took the AFL premiership from Collingwood by five points.