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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2009 season was the unofficial 23rd 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[]

2009 was a season with little changing.

At the beginning of the season there was only one coach change. Brisbane Lions appointed one of its favorite players, Michael Voss to replace Leigh Matthews.

Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Fremantle and Melbourne retained the same ladder position as last season. Collingwood, Brisbane Lions, Carlton, Essendon and West Coast Eagles all climbed 4 places. Sydney Swans, North Melbourne and Richmond fell 6 places. And Geelong in the Grand Final and Melbourne finishing last, no club made any competitive change from 2008.


Geelong played in its third Grand Final in a row and its second AFL Premiership following 2007. St Kilda were the minor premiers and played them in the Grand Final. Whilst Melbourne won back-to-back wooden spoons.


Brendan Fevola of Carlton won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Gary Ablett, Jr. of Geelong won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2008 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 3   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Ross Lyon   Nick Riewoldt
2 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Mark Thompson   Tom Harley
3   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Rodney Eade   Brad Johnson
4 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Mick Malthouse   Nick Maxwell
5   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Neil Craig   Simon Goodwin
6 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Michael Voss   Jonathan Brown
7 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Brett Ratten   Chris Judd
8 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Matthew Knights   Matthew Lloyd
9 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Sam Mitchell
10 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Football Park   Mark Williams   Domenic Cassisi
11 ▲ 4   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Darren Glass
12 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   Paul Roos   Brett Kirk
13 ▼ 6   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Dean Laidley   Brent Harvey
14   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Mark Harvey   Matthew Pavlich
15 ▼ 6   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Terry Wallace   Chris Newman
16   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Dean Bailey   James McDonald

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final    
1  St Kilda  
4  Collingwood     Semi Final    
Elimination Final        Adelaide       Preliminary Final  
5  Adelaide        St Kilda  
8  Essendon          Western Bulldogs     Grand Final  
         St Kilda
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Geelong
7  Carlton          Collingwood  
6  Brisbane Lions     Semi Final          Geelong  
     Brisbane Lions    
Qualifying Final        Western Bulldogs    
3  Western Bulldogs  
2  Geelong  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing