AFL Betting Preview & Tips

Founded in 1897, this Aussie Rules league was originally known as the Victorian Football League (VFL). By 1990, the league had expanded to include teams from across the country. The end result was 18 teams fighting for glory each season in the Australian Football League (AFL).

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Sport Type

 

Aussie Rules

Event Date(s):

 

Late March to Late September

Event Time:

 

N/A

Location(s):

 

Australia

Status:

 

Annual

Previous (Year) Winner & Score/Time

 

Richmond vs. Adelaide 16.12 (108) d. 8.12 (60)

Prize Money

 

AU$1 Million

 

 

AFL History

 

Originally called the Victorian Football League (VFL), the Australian Football League (AFL) title was first contested in 1990. Following the formation of the VFL in 1896, the subsequent creation of the breakaway Victorian Football Association (VFA) and the general expansion of Aussie Rules across the country, the AFL was born.

 

As Collingwood won the first AFL title, the VFA took over the name of the VFL and Victoria’s minor grades club used this league as a proving ground. However, with the AFL boasting teams from multiple states, it became the premier league for Aussie Rules teams. Eventually, by 1999, the VFL ceased operations and the Victorian clubs with connections to the minor league began to use it as a feeder system to serve local AFL teams.

 

Today, 18 teams from six states compete in the AFL. As well as forming a stage for the top teams to compete on, the AFL has introduced a host of changes to the game. From decreasing the amount of time backs have to wait before kicking to limiting players to 30 seconds for a set shot, the game is now faster than ever. In fact, thanks to the introduction of the AFL, Aussie Rules is enjoyed by 35% of the population.

 

 

AFL Season Format

 

AFL seasons typically get underway in late March and run through to the start of September. During the standard Premiership season, 18 teams contest 22 matches home and away, with a single bye. For spectators, this results in a seven-month window of Premiership action that features 23 rounds of AFL matches.

 

To help inject some extra excitement into the league, special matches are dotted throughout the season. Often taking a theme, the AFL specials include the Rivalry Round and the Heritage Round where teams play in traditionally styled jerseys. By the close of play in early September, the top eight ranked teams in the league progress to the finale.

 

At this stage in the season, play switches to a knockout format known as the AFL Final Eight System. Ahead of the finale, the top four teams receive the best ranking, which ensures they have an easier route to the final. In short, a team finishing in the bottom four of the AFL’s top eight would need to win three matches to reach the Grand Final. In contrast, the top four ranked teams would only need to win two.

 

Overall, the playoff lasts for four weeks. Two teams are eliminated in each of the first three weeks of September before the Grand Final takes place at Melbourne Cricket Ground on the last Saturday of September.

 

 

AFL Trophy

 

Each year, the winning AFL team will be presented with the Premiership Cup. Additionally, winners receive a navy-blue flag and their name is engraved on the E. L. Wilson Shield. Prior to the introduction of the Premiership Cup in 1959, the E. L. Wilson Shield was given to winning teams from 1929 onwards.

 

 

AFL Brownlow Medal

 

In addition to team honours, individual players receive awards at the close of the annual competition. In amongst accolades such as the ANZAC and Norm Smith Medals, the Brownlow Medal is awarded to the fairest player of the season. Named after Charles Brownlow and first awarded in 1924, this award recognises the best and fairest players on a game-by-game basis.

 

The eventual winner(s) are decided by the AFL umpires who each cast a vote after every game. At the close of the season, a winner is named and they receive the highest honour in Aussie Rules, the Charles Brownlow Trophy.

 

Beyond the Brownlow Medal, the Norm Smith Medal has been recognising the best player in the AFL Grand Final since 1979. Another award that's also highly regarded and often generates a lot of betting action is the ANZAC Medal. Awarded during the annual ANZAC Day clash between Collingwood and Essendon, the medal is handed to the player who embodies the spirit of the day, namely: courage, teamwork, fair play, and skill.

 

 

AFL Betting

 

When it comes to AFL betting, the market starts to kick into life in January. With preseason games taking place throughout February, fans and tipsters can start to pick out the top performers ready for a March kick-off.

 

The most abundant AFL betting options you’ll find across the top operators is outright win picks. For those that like to be slightly more specific with their predictions, you’ll find the following odds available before and during a match:

 

  • Winning score
  • Winning margin
  • First goal scorer
  • Handicap bets
  • High scoring quarter
  • Total points

 

 

AFL Betting Tips

 

To improve your chances of making a winning pick, it’s important to survey the stats. Using our platform, you’ll not only get an overview of the best AFL betting odds but insights into previous results and league standings. Using this data, you can build up your own rating system and identify the teams that are more likely to win in certain situations.

 

As well as your own research, you can check out our AFL betting previews and reviews. Written by Aussie Rules experts and covering everything from the latest results to team form and player insights, our AFL articles are the best way to get professional insights into the latest Aussie Rules action.

 

 

AFL Winners

 

Year

Winner

Runner-Up

1990

Collingwood

Essendon

1991

Hawthorn

West Coast

1992

West Coast

Geelong

1993

Essendon

Carlton

1994

West Coast

Geelong

1995

Carlton

Geelong

1996

North Melbourne

Sydney

1997

Adelaide

St Kilda

1998

Adelaide

North Melbourne

1999

North Melbourne

Carlton

2000

Essendon

Melbourne

2001

Brisbane Lions

Essendon

2002

Brisbane Lions

Collingwood

2003

Brisbane Lions

Collingwood

2004

Port Adelaide

Brisbane Lions

2005

Sydney

West Coast

2006

West Coast

Sydney

2007

Geelong

Port Adelaide

2008

Hawthorn

Geelong

2009

Geelong

St Kilda

2010

Collingwood

St Kilda

2011

Geelong

Collingwood

2012

Sydney

Hawthorn

2013

Hawthorn

Fremantle

2014

Hawthorn

Sydney

2015

Hawthorn

West Coast

2016

Western Bulldogs

Sydney

2017

Richmond

Adelaide

 

 

AFL Brownlow Medal Winners

 

Year

Winner/s

1990

Tony Liberatore

1991

Jim Stynes

1992

Scott Wynd

1993

Gavin Wanganeen

1994

Greg Williams

1995

Paul Kelly

1996

Michael Voss

James Hird

1997

Robert Harvey

1998

Robert Harvey

1999

Shane Crawford

2000

Shane Woewodin

2001

Jason Akermanis

2002

Simon Black

2003

Mark Ricciuto

Nathan Buckley

Adam Goodes

2004

Chris Judd

2005

Ben Cousins

2006

Adam Goodes

2007

Jimmy Bartel

2008

Adam Cooney

2009

Gary Ablett Jnr

2010

Chris Judd

2011

Dane Swan

2012

Jobe Watson

Trent Cotchin

Sam Mitchell

2013

Gary Ablett Jnr

2014

Matt Priddis

2015

Nat Fyfe

2016

Patrick Dangerfield

2017

Dustin Martin

 

 

AFL Records

 

Over the years, the AFL has seen some impressive performances by teams and individuals. At the start of the 2018 season, the following records were in place:

 

  • Highest Scoring Team in a Single Match = Geelong scored 37.17.239 against the Brisbane Bears
  • Lowest Scoring Team in a Single Match = St Kilda scored 0.1.1 against Geelong
  • Most Career Goals = Tony Lockett scored 1,360 goals between 193 and 2002
  • Most Goals in a Game = Fred Fanning scored 18.1 for Melbourne against St Kilda in 1947

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