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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2007 season was the unofficial 21st 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.

Club Changes[]

  • Ross Lyon replaced Grant Thomas as coach at St Kilda.
  • Chris Connolly resigned mid-season and was replaced with Mark Harvey as Fremantle coach.
  • With another season with Carlton possibly winning another wooden spoon, Brett Ratten replaced Denis Pagan as Carlton coach.
  • After 27 years as Essendon coach, this was Kevin Sheedy's last season at the club.

Geelong, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne climbed the ladder to qualify for the final series. After playing in last season's Preliminary Finals, Fremantle fell 8 places and out of the final series.


Geelong were the minor premiers and won the premiership. They played Port Adelaide in the Grand Final who finished 2nd on the ladder. Whilst Richmond won the wooden spoon.


Jonathan Brown of Brisbane Lions won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Jimmy Bartel of Geelong won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2006 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 9   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Tom Harley
2   ▲ 10   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Warren Tredrea
3 ▼ 2   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Chris Judd
4   ▲ 10   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Dean Laidley   Adam Simpson
5 ▲ 6   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Richie Vandenberg
6 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nathan Buckley
7 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Paul Roos   Barry Hall
8 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Neil Craig   Mark Ricciuto
9 ▼ 3   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Ross Lyon   Nick Riewoldt
10 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Leigh Matthews   Jonathan Brown
11 ▼ 8   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Chris Connolly
  Mark Harvey
  Matthew Pavlich
12 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   Matthew Lloyd
13 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Rodney Eade   Brad Johnson
14 ▼ 7   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Neale Daniher   David Neitz
15 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Denis Pagan
  Brett Ratten
  Lance Whitnall
16 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Terry Wallace   Kane Johnson

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final    
1  Geelong  
4  North Melbourne     Semi Final    
     North Melbourne    
Elimination Final        Hawthorn       Preliminary Final  
5  Hawthorn        Geelong  
8  Adelaide          Collingwood     Grand Final  
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Port Adelaide
7  Sydney Swans          North Melbourne  
6  Collingwood     Semi Final          Port Adelaide  
Qualifying Final        West Coast Eagles    
3  West Coast Eagles  
2  Port Adelaide  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing