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Who are the AFL clubs?

  • There are 18 clubs playing in the AFL
  • The league expanded from 16 teams in 2011 and 2012
  • Essendon and Carlton are the most successful clubs
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Freetips staff 10 Mar 2021
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There are currently 18 clubs playing in the AFL with the Australian Rules league expanded from 16 teams in 2011 and 2012.

Gold Coast Suns were introduced in 2011 and Greater Western Sydney Giants are the most recent addition in 2012.

Ten are the teams are based in Victoria, the original home of the sport. They are: Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers, Geelong Cats, Hawthorn Hawks, Melbourne Demons, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Richmond Tigers, St Kilda Saints and Western Bulldogs.

Two teams are in Western Australia - Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles, two are in South Australia - Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power, two in Queensland - Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast Suns, and two are in New South Wales - GWS Giants and Sydney Swans.

Current AFL Clubs

Home Ground
Debut Year
Adelaide Crows South Australia Adelaide Oval 1990
Brisbane Lions Queensland The Gabba 1996
Carlton Blues Victoria Docklands Stadium 1864
Collingwood Magpies Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 1892
Essendon Bombers Victoria Docklands Stadium 1871
Fremantle Dockers Western Australia Perth Stadium 1994
Geelong Cats Victoria Kardinia Park 1859
Gold Coast Suns Queensland Carrara Stadium 2009
Greater Western Sydney Giants New South Wales Sydney Showground Stadium 2009
Hawthorn Hawks Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 1902
Melbourne Demons Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 1858
North Melbourne Kangaroos Victoria Docklands Stadium 1869
Port Adelaide Power South Australia Adelaide Oval 1870
Richmond Tigers Victoria Melbourne Cricket Ground 1885
St Kilda Saints Victoria Docklands Stadium 1873
Sydney Swans New South Wales Sydney Cricket Ground 1874
West Coast Eagles Western Australia Perth Stadium 1986
Western Bulldogs Bulldogs Victoria Docklands Stadium 1877

Who are the most successful AFL and VFL clubs?

The Essendon Bombers and Carlton Blues and have each won 16 VFL/AFL premierships with the Collingwood Magpies next best with 15. The Hawthorn Hawks have won 13 premierships, Melbourne Demons and Richmond Tigers 12 followed by Geelong Cats on nine.

The Sydney Swans have won five premierships with North Melbourne Kangaroos and West Coast Eagles next best with four each.

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