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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.

Club ChangesEdit

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.


# 2005 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 1   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Chris Judd
2 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Football Park   Neil Craig   Mark Ricciuto
3 ▲ 7   Fremantle-dockers Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Chris Connolly   Peter Bell
4 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   Paul Roos   Barry Hall
5   ▲ 10   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nathan Buckley
6 ▼ 2   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Grant Thomas   Luke Ball
7   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   Neale Daniher   David Neitz
8 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Rodney Eade   Luke Darcy
9 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Terry Wallace   Kane Johnson
10 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Steven King
11 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Richie Vandenberg
12 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Port Adelaide Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Warren Tredrea
13 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Lions Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Leigh Matthews   Michael Voss
14 ▼ 9   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Dean Laidley   Adam Simpson
15 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   Matthew Lloyd
16   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Denis Pagan   Anthony Koutoufides

Finals SeriesEdit

  Qualifying Final    
4  Sydney  
1  West Coast Eagles     Semi Final    
     West Coast Eagles    
Elimination Final        Western Bulldogs       Preliminary Final  
8  Western Bulldogs        Sydney Swans  
5  Collingwood          Fremantle     Grand Final  
         Sydney Swans
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        West Coast Eagles
6  St Kilda          West Coast Eagles  
7  Melbourne     Semi Final          Adelaide  
Qualifying Final        Fremantle    
3  Fremantle  
2  Adelaide  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing

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