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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2008 season was the unofficial 22nd 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[]

  • After 27 years as Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy left the club at the end of last season. He was replaced with Matthew Knights.
  • Dean Bailey was appointed Melbourne coach.

Western Bulldogs had the biggest improvement for the season, climbing 10 places to finish 3rd on the ladder and played in the Preliminary Finals. After playing in last season's Grand Final, Port Adelaide fell 11 places to 13th. Whilst West Coast Eagles fell 12 places after finishing 3rd last season.


Hawthorn who finished second on the ladder won the premiership. Last season Geelong won the double of minor premiers and the premiership. In 2008 Geelong were again the minor premiers and played Hawthorn in the Grand Final. Whilst Melbourne won the wooden spoon.


Lance Franklin of Hawthorn won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Adam Cooney of Western Bulldogs won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2007 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Tom Harley
2 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Sam Mitchell
3   ▲ 10   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Rodney Eade   Brad Johnson
4 ▲ 5   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Ross Lyon   Nick Riewoldt
5 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Neil Craig   Simon Goodwin
6 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Paul Roos   Brett Kirk
7 ▼ 3   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Dean Laidley   Adam Simpson
8 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Scott Burns
9 ▲ 7   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Terry Wallace   Kane Johnson
10   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Leigh Matthews   Jonathan Brown
11 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Brett Ratten   Chris Judd
12   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Matthew Knights   Matthew Lloyd
13   ▼ 11   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Warren Tredrea
14 ▼ 3   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Mark Harvey   Matthew Pavlich
15   ▼ 12   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Darren Glass
16 ▼ 2   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Dean Bailey   David Neitz

Finals Series[]

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