Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2006 season was the unofficial 20th 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 followed by Fremantle Dockers in 1995.
1997 was the start of a new era of the AFL. Footscray changed its name to Western Bulldogs. Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged to become Brisbane Lions. And Port Adelaide Power joined retaining the league with 16 clubs.
In this new era of the AFL, four of the 6 interstate clubs - West Coast Eagles, Adelaide, Fremantle, Sydney Swans - were the top clubs for the season.
For the first time in AFL history, there was no coach changes this season.
Collingwood had the biggest improvement for the season, climbing 10 places to finish 5th. Whilst North Melbourne fell 9 places to 14th and out of the finals series.
In a repeat from last season, Sydney Swans played West Coast Eagles in the Grand Final. But the minor premiers, West Coast Eagles won the premiership this season. Losing to Sydney Swans in their Qualifying Final, West Coast Eagles had to play 4 final series matches. Whilst Carlton won its third wooden spoon in 5 seasons.
Brendan Fevola of Carlton won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Adam Goodes of Sydney Swans won the Brownlow Medal.
|1||West Coast Eagles||Semi Final|
|West Coast Eagles|
|Elimination Final||Western Bulldogs||Preliminary Final|
|8||Western Bulldogs||Sydney Swans|
|Elimination Final||Preliminary Final||West Coast Eagles|
|6||St Kilda||West Coast Eagles|