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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.

Club Changes[]

  • 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.


Josh Kennedy of West Coast Eagles won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Nat Fyfe of Fremantle won the Brownlow Medal.


# 2014 Team Home Ground Coach Captain
1 ▲ 3   Fremantle-dockers.png Fremantle   Subiaco Oval   Ross Lyon   Matthew Pavlich
2 ▲ 7   2010 Logo West Coast.png West Coast Eagles   Subiaco Oval   Adam Simpson   Shannon Hurn
3 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Hawthorn.png Hawthorn   MCG   Alastair Clarkson   Luke Hodge
4 ▼ 3   2010 Logo Sydney.png Sydney Swans   SCG   John Longmire   Kieren Jack
5 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Richmond.png Richmond   MCG   Damien Hardwick   Trent Cotchin
6 ▲ 8   2010 Logo Western Bulldogs.png Western Bulldogs   Docklands Stadium   Luke Beveridge   Robert Murphy
7 ▲ 3   2010 Logo Adelaide.png Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Phil Walsh
  Scott Camporeale
  Taylor Walker
8 ▼ 2   2010 Logo North Melbourne.png North Melbourne   Docklands Stadium   Brad Scott   Andrew Swallow
9 ▼ 4   2010 Logo Port Adelaide.png Port Adelaide   Adelaide Oval   Ken Hinkley   Travis Boak
10 ▼ 7   2010 Logo Geelong.png Geelong   Kardinia Park   Chris Scott   Joel Selwood
11 ▲ 5   GWS logo.png Greater Western Sydney   Showground Stadium   Leon Cameron   Callan Ward
12 ▼ 1   2010 Logo Collingwood.png Collingwood   MCG   Nathan Buckley   Scott Pendlebury
13 ▲ 4   Melbourne logo 2014.png Melbourne   MCG   Paul Roos   Nathan Jones
14 ▲ 4   2010 Logo St Kilda.png St Kilda   Docklands Stadium   Alan Richardson   Nick Riewoldt
15 ▼ 8   2010 Logo Essendon.png Essendon   Docklands Stadium   James Hird   Jobe Watson
16 ▼ 4   Gold Coast Suns logo.png Gold Coast Suns   Carrara Stadium   Rodney Eade   Gary Ablett, Jr.
17 ▼ 2   2010 Logo Lions.png Brisbane Lions   Gabba   Justin Leppitsch   Tom Rockliff
18 ▼ 5   2010 Logo Carlton-Football.png Carlton   Docklands Stadium   Mick Malthouse
  John Barker
  Marc Murphy

Finals Series[]

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