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Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2014 season was the unofficial 28th 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 in 2012. That brings the number of clubs to 18.

Club Changes[]

  • Mark Thompson steps up to become the Essendon coach whilst James Hird serves a 12 month ban.
  • Adam Simpson replaced John Worsfold as coach at West Coast Eagles.
  • Justin Leppitsch is appointed coach at Brisbane Lions.
  • Leon Cameron is appointed coach at Greater Western Sydney.
  • Paul Roos is appointed coach at Melbourne.
  • Alan Richardson is appointed coach at St Kilda.

North Melbourne and West Coast Eagles both climbed 4 places. Whilst Collingwood and Carlton both fell 5 places and out of the finals series.


Hawthorn played in its third Grand Final in a row and back-to-back AFL Premierships. Sydney Swans were minor premiers and played them in the Grand Final. Whilst St Kilda won the wooden spoon replacing Greater Western Sydney's reign.


Lance Franklin of Sydney Swans won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Matt Priddis of West Coast Eagles won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2013 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   John Longmire   Kieren Jack
2 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Luke Hodge
3 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Chris Scott   Joel Selwood
4 ▼ 1   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Ross Lyon   Matthew Pavlich
5 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Ken Hinkley   Travis Boak
6 ▲ 4   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Andrew Swallow
7 ▲ 2   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   Mark Thompson   Jobe Watson
8 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Trent Cotchin
9 ▲ 4   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   Adam Simpson   Darren Glass
10 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Brenton Sanderson   Nathan van Berlo
11 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Nathan Buckley   Scott Pendlebury
12 ▲ 2   Gold Coast Suns logo.png Gold Coast Suns   Carrara Stadium   Guy McKenna   Gary Ablett, Jr.
13 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Mick Malthouse   Marc Murphy
14 ▲ 1   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Brendan McCartney   Ryan Griffen
15 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Justin Leppitsch   Jed Adcock
16 ▲ 2   GWS logo.png Greater Western Sydney   Showground Stadium   Leon Cameron   Callan Ward
17   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Paul Roos   Jack Grimes
18 ▼ 2   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Alan Richardson   Nick Riewoldt

Finals Series[]

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