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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2012 season was the unofficial 26th 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. Port Adelaide Power joined. Footscray changed its name to Western Bulldogs. Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged to become Brisbane Lions.

Last season, Gold Coast Suns joined with Greater Western Sydney joining this season. That brings the number of clubs to 18.

Club ChangesEdit

  • Brenton Sanderson was appointed coach at Adelaide. He had immediate success with Adelaide climbing 12 places to play in the Preliminary Finals.
  • The 2010 Premiership coach, Mick Malthouse left Collingwood at the end of last season. Collingwood appoints one of their favorite players, Nathan Buckley as his replacement.
  • Ross Lyon left St Kilda to become the coach at Fremantle. Scott Watters replaced him as coach at St Kilda.
  • Brendan McCartney is appointed coach at Western Bulldogs.
  • Mark Neeld is appointed coach at Melbourne.
  • Kevin Sheddy returns to the AFL to coach debutants, Greater Western Sydney.
  • Carlton and Western Bulldogs had the biggest decline, falling 5 places. Western Bulldogs have had consecutive years of slipping down the ladder. In 2010, they played in the Preliminary Finals. In 2 years, Western Bulldogs have gone from 4th from the top to 4th from the bottom.


Sydney Swans finishing third on the ladder won the premiership. Hawthorn were minor premiers and played them in the Grand Final. Whilst Greater Western Sydney in its inaugural season, won the wooden spoon.


Jack Riewoldt of Richmond won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Jobe Watson of Essendon won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2011 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Hawthorn Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Luke Hodge
2   ▲ 12   2010 Logo Adelaide Adelaide   Football Park   Brenton Sanderson   Nathan van Berlo
3 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Sydney Sydney Swans   SCG   John Longmire   Adam Goodes
4 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Collingwood Collingwood   MCG   Nathan Buckley   Nick Maxwell
5 ▼ 1   2010 Logo West Coast West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Darren Glass
6 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Geelong Geelong   Kardinia Park   Chris Scott   Joel Selwood
7 ▲ 4   Fremantle-dockers Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Ross Lyon   Matthew Pavlich
8 ▲ 1   2010 Logo North Melbourne North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Andrew Swallow
9 ▼ 3   2010 Logo St Kilda St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Scott Watters   Nick Riewoldt
10 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Carlton-Football Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Brett Ratten   Chris Judd
11 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Essendon Essendon   Docklands Stadium   James Hird   Jobe Watson
12   2010 Logo Richmond Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Chris Newman
13 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Lions Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Michael Voss   Jonathan Brown
14 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Port Adelaide Port Adelaide   Football Park   Matthew Primus   Domenic Cassisi
15 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Brendan McCartney   Matthew Boyd
16 ▼ 3   Melbourne logo 2014 Melbourne   MCG   Mark Neeld   Jack Grimes
17   Gold Coast Suns logo Gold Coast Suns   Carrara Stadium   Guy McKenna   Gary Ablett, Jr.
18 n/a   GWS logo Greater Western Sydney   Showground Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   Callan Ward

Finals SeriesEdit

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

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