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About the Australian Football Hall of Fame

Each year, a select few greats of the game are inducted as members of the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Induction Dinner is one of football's most prestigious events, after being instituted in 1996 to recognise the greats of the game from around the country.

The Australian Football Hall of Fame seeks to recognise and enshrine players, coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives who have made significant contributions to Australian Football – at any level – since the game's inception in 1858.

The highest honour within the Hall is Legend status, which can be bestowed on players and coaches. Individuals are selected for Legend status if they have caused the game to change significantly for the better.

The committee considers candidates on the basis of record, ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character. The number of games played, coached or umpired or years of service is a consideration only and does not determine eligibility.

Players are eligible only after they have been retired from the game for at least five years. Coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives are eligible only after retirement.

The Hall of Fame committee can select and enshrine up to eight Hall of Fame members each year. Of those, at least two must have retired within 10 years of each induction ceremony. There must be at least one inductee selected from the category of administrator/umpire/media every two years.

The 2023 Australian Football Hall of Fame committee is Richard Goyder (Chair), Graham Cornes, Ross Glendinning, Debbie Lee, Karen Lyon, Paul Marsh, Alister Nicholson, Michael O’Loughlin, David Parkin and Patrick Keane (Secretary).