Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2015 season was the unofficial 29th 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.
- Luke Beveridge replaced Brendan McCartney as coach at Western Bulldogs.
- Phil Walsh is appointed coach at Adelaide. He died and Scott Camporeale overtook the role for the remainder of the season.
- James Hird returned as Essendon coach after 12 month ban.
- Rodney Eade replaced Guy McKenna as coach at Gold Coast Suns .
- After a poor start to the season, John Barker replaced Mick Malthouse as Carlton coach.
Western Bulldogs had the biggest improvement for the season climbing 8 places. West Coast Eagles climbed 7 places and played in the Grand Final. Whilst Essendon fell 8 places and out of the finals series.
Hawthorn won its third consecutive AFL Premiership. Fremantle were minor premiers but West Coast Eagles played Hawthorn in the Grand Final. Whilst Carlton won the wooden spoon.
MedalsEditJosh Kennedy of West Coast Eagles won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Nat Fyfe of Fremantle won the Brownlow Medal.
|4||Sydney Swans||Semi Final|
|Elimination Final||North Melbourne||Preliminary Final|
|Elimination Final||Preliminary Final||West Coast Eagles|
|6||Western Bulldogs||North Melbourne|
|7||Adelaide||Semi Final||West Coast Eagles|
|2||West Coast Eagles|