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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 1994 season was the unofficial 8th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.

The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991, Adelaide Crows joined the AFL to bring the number of clubs to 15. From this season, 8 clubs now participate in the finals series.

Starting this season, matches started playing 20 minutes quarters, a reduction of 5 minutes.

Club Changes[]

  • Hawthorn premiership-winning coach, Alan Joyce was appointed coach at Footscray. He was replaced with Peter Knights as Hawthorn coach.
  • Stan Alves replaced Ken Sheldon as coach at St Kilda.

This season's minor premiers and premiership club, West Coast Eagles climbed 5 places. Whilst last season's minor premiers and premiership club, Essendon fell 9 places.

Fitzroy started sharing its home matches between Western Oval and Princes Park.


West Coast Eagles were the minor premiers and won the premiership. They played Geelong in the Grand Final who finished 4th in the ladder. Whilst Sydney Swans won their third in a row wooden spoon.


Gary Ablett Sr. of Geelong won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer for the second year in a row. Greg Williams of Carlton won the Brownlow Medal.


# 1993 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 5   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   WACA/Subiaco Oval   Mick Malthouse   John Worsfold
2   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Princes Park   David Parkin   Stephen Kernahan
3   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   MCG   Denis Pagan   Wayne Carey
4 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Malcolm Blight   Mark Bairstow
5 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Footscray   Western Oval   Alan Joyce   Scott Wynd
6 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   Waverley Park   Peter Knights   Chris Langford
7 ▲ 3   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Neil Balme   Garry Lyon
8   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   Victoria Park   Leigh Matthews   Gavin Brown
9 ▲ 5   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   John Northey   Tony Free
10 ▼ 9   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   MCG   Kevin Sheedy   Mark Thompson
11 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Graham Cornes   Chris McDermott
12 ▲ 1        Brisbane Bears   Gabba   Robert Walls   Roger Merrett
13 ▼ 1   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Waverley Park   Stan Alves   Danny Frawley
14 ▼ 3        Fitzroy   Princes Park/Western Oval   Robert Shaw   Paul Roos
15   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Ron Barassi   Paul Kelly

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final
5  Footscray
4  Geelong Semi Final
  Qualifying Final  Melbourne Preliminary Final
8  Collingwood  Melbourne
1  West Coast Eagles  West Coast Eagles Grand Final
 West Coast Eagles
  Qualifying Final Preliminary Final  Geelong
3  North Melbourne  North Melbourne
6  Hawthorn Semi Final  Geelong
  Qualifying Final  Carlton
2  Carlton
7  Melbourne
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing