AFL match at the MCG, Melbourne, VIC
From March to September Australian Rules Football (AFL) teams fight it out to make the top eight and qualify for the final series held in Melbourne in September. AFL is Australia’s most attended sporting league, with passionately-supported teams in Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the grand final while millions watch it worldwide on television. There’s nothing like being there for the final series. The entire city takes on a carnival atmosphere as excited fans cheer their teams to victory. It is a truly unique Australian experience.
Australian Rules Football (AFL) is Australia’s most attended sporting league, with passionately-supported teams in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Games are played around the country from March, culminating in the finals series in Melbourne in September.
Australian rules football was officially born in Melbourne in 1859, when the Melbourne Football Club formed and set out the first rules of play. In 1897, they joined with Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Geelong, Melbourne and St Kilda to form the Victorian Football League. This was the predecessor to the Australian Football League (AFL), which was formed in 1989 and today has 18 teams across Australia.
The sport’s origins have been debated, but historians have pointed to a fusion of influences, including the Irish game of ‘caid’, rugby union and traditional Aboriginal games such as marngrook.