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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2013 season was the unofficial 27th 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.

In 2011 Gold Coast Suns joined followed by Greater Western Sydney last season. That brings the number of clubs to 18.

Club Changes[]

  • Ken Hinkley is appointed coach at Port Adelaide. He had immediate success by climbing 7 places and play in the Semi Finals.
  • After a year out of the AFL, Mick Malthouse returned as coach at Carlton. This is his 4th coaching position in AFL's 27 year history.
  • After a poor start to the season, Neil Craig replaced Mark Neeld as Melbourne coach.

Richmond climbed 7 places to qualify to its first finals series since 2001. Whilst Adelaide fell 9 places from 2nd on the ladder last season and out of the finals series.


Last season, Hawthorn were the minor premiers and played in the Grand Final. They took the next step by winning the double in 2013 : minor premiers and winning the premiership. Fremantle playing in its 1st Grand Final were Hawthorn's opponents. Whilst Greater Western Sydney in its two seasons in the AFL has won them 2 wooden spoons.


Jarryd Roughead of Hawthorn won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Gary Ablett, Jr. of Gold Coast Suns won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2012 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Luke Hodge
2 ▲ 4   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Chris Scott   Joel Selwood
3 ▲ 4   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Ross Lyon   Matthew Pavlich
4 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   John Longmire   Kieren Jack
5 ▲ 7   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Trent Cotchin
6 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Nathan Buckley   Nick Maxwell
7 ▲ 7   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Football Park   Ken Hinkley   Travis Boak
8 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Mick Malthouse   Marc Murphy
9 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   James Hird   Jobe Watson
10 ▼ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Andrew Swallow
11 ▼ 9   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Football Park   Brenton Sanderson   Nathan van Berlo
12 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Michael Voss   Jonathan Brown
13 ▼ 8   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   John Worsfold   Darren Glass
14 ▲ 3   Gold Coast Suns logo.png Gold Coast Suns   Carrara Stadium   Guy McKenna   Gary Ablett, Jr.
15   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Brendan McCartney   Matthew Boyd
16 ▼ 7   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Scott Watters   Nick Riewoldt
17 ▼ 1   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Mark Neeld
  Neil Craig
  Jack Grimes
18   GWS logo.png Greater Western Sydney   Showground Stadium   Kevin Sheedy   Callan Ward

Finals Series[]

  Qualifying Final    
1  Hawthorn  
4  Sydney Swans     Semi Final    
     Sydney Swans    
Elimination Final        Carlton       Preliminary Final  
8  Carlton        Hawthorn  
5  Richmond          Geelong     Grand Final  
  Elimination Final         Preliminary Final        Fremantle
6  Collingwood          Sydney Swans  
7  Port Adelaide     Semi Final          Fremantle  
     Port Adelaide    
Qualifying Final        Geelong    
2  Geelong  
3  Fremantle  
Key:       Losing team progressing       Winning team progressing