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**John Hennessy, a former corporate planner of the AFL, outlines an opportunity for the AFL. By any measure the AFL is one of the most successful sporting competitions on the planet. In terms of average match attendances it ranks only behind the NFL, BundesLeague and the Premier League. The current […]

Coronavirus: an opportunity for the AFL?


*This piece is by Debby Palti, a member of the AFL Fans Association committee. The piece was first published on her blog, here. The opinions expressed are her own personal views. Return the Game to the Fans The Covid19 has thrown not only a spanner in the works of the […]

Return the Game to the Fans


I went to the footy on Thursday night. I left my house, turned right and walked towards the light towers. There were no other pedestrians about. There was no queue at the traffic lights in front of the bicycle shop. I didn’t see anyone parking their car urgently and with […]

Footy without a Crowd



AFLFA supports health authorities’ actions on coronavirus AFL FANS ASSOCIATION (AFLFA): “GIVING FOOTY FANS A VOICE”The AFL Fans Association supports actions by health authorities in preventing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said yesterday that the AFL would play games without crowds if government authorities banned […]

Response to Coronavirus


The Australian Football League believes that gambling is a normal, regular and vital part of professional sport. It's a growth industry! (See this report from the Australian Gambling Research Centre) In a recent article in The Age (28th January 2020), Jon Pierik writes that the deal between the Australian Football […]

Advocating Gambling


The Australian Intercultural Society recently held a discussion on 'Diversity' in the Australian Football League (27th February 2020). The discussion was moderated by Lauren Wood of the Herald Sun and featured Isabel Huntington of the Western Bulldogs, Ameet Bains (CEO, Western Bulldogs) and Brendon Gale (CEO, RFC). The Australian Football […]

Beyond the Boundary



One of the things many of us fans love about footy is our sense of attachment to our clubs. We know and love the stories of the players who wear our team's colours. We trace their careers, their pitfalls and their lives through social media and appearances in the mainstream […]

Compromising State Clubs



Even in late November, there is barely a week when some footy issue doesn't enliven the social media world and keep footy journalists churning out the copy. Footy is always in the news. The AFL loves the passion of the fans and the conviction of fans' opinions. The AFLFA is […]

Interview with Gerry Eeman: Gambling, GF Tickets, Shorter Half-Time



Dedicated fans recognised for their passion and support  AFL FANS ASSOCIATION (AFLFA): GIVING FOOTY FANS A VOICE Rainbow Crows volunteer Megan Harris is the 2019 AFL Fans Association Fan of the Year after being nominated for her dedication, selflessness and support of the Crows’ men’s and women’s teams. A Collingwood Facebook group […]

2019 Fans of the Year


Another Tigers Grand Final highlights lack of club member ticketsAFL FANS ASSOCIATION (AFLFA): “GIVING FOOTY FANS A VOICE” Richmond’s second grand final in three years – this time against Greater Western Sydney – will see thousands of dedicated club members miss out on a ticket. AFL Fans Association president Gerry […]

Press Release – Grand Final Tickets


It is the site of one of footy's most iconic images: Nicky Winmar gesturing defiantly to the mob of fans in the Vic Park outer. This ground was the most renown of the VFL venues for the vehemence and heavy barracking that would come from the outer. Those times though […]

20 Years After Vic Park