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President of the AFL Fans Association, Cheryl Critchley, spoke to 3AW Drive host Tom Elliott about the return of a much-loved tradition of the game. Following the April announcement by the AFL that banners were returning to the game just in time for the AFLW grand final, Cheryl and Tom […]

The return of AFL club banners


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As MCG capacity rose to 85 per cent last weekend and Adelaide Oval returns to 100% for the 8 May Port v Adelaide Showdown, fans have been urged to be patient and observe COVID-safe rules while the AFL works on ticketing issues that have arisen this season. Some AFL games […]

Ticketing processes addressed after some confusion


It was the little things we’d missed – and savoured most – when crowds finally returned to men’s footy in Melbourne. Taking the train with fellow fans, anticipation building. Strolling across Brunton Avenue, past the Punt Road Oval. Soaking up the magical MCG atmosphere. Singing the theme song as your […]

A night to remember for the Tiger faithful



All fans recognised for their passion and support in a tough year AFL FANS ASSOCIATION (AFLFA): GIVING FOOTY FANS A VOICEAll fans have been recognised for their passion, support, and patience by the AFL Fans Association, which has awarded all supporters across Australia its Fan of the Year award. With the […]

Recognising the Passion of All Fans


It has been a tough year, no doubt. Watching the footy on tv has offered some consolation in a year when - for Melburnians at least - going to the footy has been an impossibility. 2020 is the Year of Lockdown and the Winter without Footy. Many people have had […]

Gambling Away the Lockdown


In a win for local AFL, the Sydney Swans trained at the Port Douglas Crocs homeground on Tuesday before flying out for their final round match at Metricon against Geelong, writes Paul Bugeja In what can only be described in the best sense as bringing the game to the fans, […]

Swans swoop into Port Douglas lair of the Crocs



In this piece, Margaret Quixley of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, shares her thoughts on the ethics of the AFL's reliance on gambling sponsorship. ** Learning that AFL players have been targeted with death threats in recent weeks has been deeply disturbing, but has also kicked off important conversations about the role […]

Questioning the Ethics of the AFL’s Reliance on Gambling Sponsorship


No-one could have predicted how AFL season 2020 has panned out so far. Things could also change again before it’s over – if it does finish. Our usual gripes about ticket prices, lukewarm pies and loud half time music have been replaced by concerns that we wouldn’t even have a […]

Pandemic can’t dim the passion of AFL fans


The AFL Fans Association has condemned racist trolls. Several AFL players, including Carlton’s Eddie Betts and Melbourne’s Harley Bennell, have been subject to racist online trolling in recent weeks. AFL Fans Association president Gerry Eeman says while most fans are respectful in their online comments, those resorting to racism and other personal abuse […]

AFLFA Condemns Racist Trolls



The COVID-19 crisis has brought the importance of fans to professional sport into sharp relief. Fans are central to the prosperity, sustainability and survival of the elite level of Australian Rules as we know it. But the virus has shown the degree to which the Australian Football League (AFL) has […]

Footy is back but times have changed


By Rev Tim Costello, Chief Advocate, Alliance for Gambling Reform Like most Victorians I am delighted the AFL returns to our screens this week. It’s our game and it has been missed by millions of fans of all ages.  What I am not looking forward to is the association between […]

Gambling Ads return along with the Footy


*This is article first appeared in the Herald Sun on 9th June 2020. by Cheryl Critchley. Vice President of AFL Fans Association It's time for AFL clubs to put their loyal members first. If they are tempted to allow corporate guests into games ahead of dedicated members and cheer squad […]

Loyal Fans should be rewarded