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Yoshihiro Imagawa, a St Kilda supporter based in Kyoto, travelled to Shanghai for the AFL match. Below, he shares his experiences at the game and the Shanghai Cup that he was involved in as a player.   ***   The Shanghai clash has been said that it was a sold […]

Playing Footy in Shanghai


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There has been much of a brouhaha regarding fan behaviour lately. The unfortunate role of “behaviour awareness officer” has come and gone. For many fans, being in the outer is a welcomed opportunity to jump and shout and barrack for your team like there is no time. Us fans play the […]

Barracking at the Footy


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The CEO of the stadium in Docklands has said he will be reviewing security practices at said-stadium. There was indeed quite a reaction on twitter to the sight of ‘behavioural awareness officers’. Fans were thrilled at being eyeballed and intimidated by security staff as they strode up and down the isles […]

Winter of Discontent



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Most of the time, we go to the footy and there is very little trouble. Most of the time, fans engage in playful banter with each other and even when there are strong disagreements, most of the time, there is no violence. Most fans are able to self-regulate, knowing when […]

Enjoying the Game


RESPONSE FROM AFL TO THE AFLFA. Below is the AFL’s response to the AFL Fans Association’s request for clarification on behalf of fans concerned about the recent debate over what is acceptable behaviour at the footy. “The AFL and our venues want to create a safe and fun environment for […]

AFL Responds to AFLFA


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The Australian Football League is often criticised for investing in other matters apart from grassroots football. The AFL for example, throws money at GWS, Gold Coast and the Shanghai game all in the name of ‘expansion’. GWS and Gold Coast have very few fans and are far from the homelands of […]

In Praise of Grass Roots



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AFL FANS ASSOCIATION (AFLFA): “GIVING FOOTY FANS A VOICE” Clubs helping fans in tough times and the MCG buggy service are big hits in the AFL Fans Association mid-season ‘hits and misses’. But the AFLFA has taken aim at violent fans, abusive trolls, inconsistent umpiring, confusion over fan evictions, lack […]

Hits and Misses in 2019


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The footy landscape has changed significantly over the last 30 years. Many fans have witnessed the demise of the parochial passions of the VFL and the birth of the Australian Football League and the reframing of ‘sport’ as another kind of ‘entertainment’. Fans too have a changing relationship to the […]

Member Profile – Cathy Rubin


SEN Interview with AFL FA President Gerry Eeman. Mark Finey talks with Gerry about various matters relating to the fans’ stake in the game.

Interview with Gerry Eeman on SEN



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AFLX: Is it just hoopla and razzle dazzle, and what does it say about the AFL’s aims?  The sports we play rarely stay the same for long. Rules and interpretations are changed as new technologies become available. Footy, of course, is not immune to change. Changes allowing for consulting video […]

AFLX – Interview with Ron Issko