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AFL's obsession with change blinds it to the consequences of endlessly tinkering with the game  ABC News

The AFL's endless tinkering with every facet of the sport means that no matter how good the game is, it won't be good enough, writes Richard Hinds.

AFLW's pride game masks 'discriminatory' trans policy  ABC News

Rainbow flags flew high at the AFLW pride game at the weekend, but LGBTI fans were quick to slam the league's policy on trans players as discriminatory, writes ...

Toyota extends AFL sponsorship to 2023 with record deal for Australian sport  mUmBRELLA*

Toyota has announced it will continue its lead sponsorship of the Australian Football League for another four years. At the official launch of the AFL.

AFL 2019, Jesse Hogan left out of Fremantle Round 1 team, anxiety

Star Fremantle recruit Jesse Hogan has been deemed unavailable for Round 1 selection against North Melbourne as he deals with “clinical anxiety”.

AFL in $18.5m-a-year sponsorship deal with Toyota, reportedly largest ever in Australia  The Guardian

Deal to run until 2023 takes AFL past Tennis Australia as highest-earning sporting body from sponsorship.

How the AFL beats the NRL on sponsorship  Your Money

Toyota has signed on again as the major sponsor of the AFL for a whopping $18.5 million per year until 2023, setting a new record for Australian sport.

New AFL season met as much by relief as love for the game | Craig Little  The Guardian

If the ear-splitting off-season noise is cut through, there is plenty to look forward to in 2019.

AFL makes no change to grand final start time – for now  The Guardian

The AFL grand final will keep its afternoon start time after the league's commission considered changing to a twilight or night match, but Collingwood president ...

Collingwood Beaming to go in 2019  Sydney Morning Herald

Collingwood star Steele Sidebottom says it feels like Dayne Beams never left the club and he can't wait to go back to the future when the two team up in the Pies' ...

The concussion class action that could punch a hole in the AFL  The Age

Several former Aussie rules stars are threatening to sue the AFL for cognitive impairment they say stems from on-field impacts. What does the science say?

Morris to avoid surgery in hope of deja vu  The Age

Dale Morris will again dodge conventional knee surgery in a bid to again play an AFL game.

Betting sponsor set for AFL jumper return at Brisbane Lions  The Age

A corporate betting agency's logo is set to appear on an AFL jumper for the first time since 2013 with the Brisbane Lions on the verge of signing a deal with ...

Seven and Twitter renew content partnership for 2019 AFL season  AdNews

Seven and Twitter will continue their *content* partnership for the 2019 season of the AFL, revealing the return of 7AFL's 'social show', Armchair Experts, with ...

AFL to consider pre-season overhaul in bid to combat injuries  The Guardian

The AFL's competition committee will look at restructuring the pre-season amid concern about player injuries.

Footy in 2019: The long-term AFL forecast  Sydney Morning Herald

With the AFL season on our doorstep, our experts have ranked the 18 clubs and made the case for and against each team making the top eight. Most importantly ...

'It's your job': Bartel says there should be no player confusion around new rules  Sydney Morning Herald

Premiership Cat and Brownlow medallist Jimmy Bartel says AFL players should have no trouble coming to grips with the new rules this season, given they're ...

AFL Footy Show: Channel 9’s dramatic shake-up

Channel 9 has officially unveiled its new-look Footy Show panel as the iconic program undergoes a major facelift ahead of season 2019.

Warren Tredrea: New rules make AFL GOAT debate redundant  The Advertiser

It's a question that's divides opinion, no matter the sport. In Australian football, names such as Leigh Matthews and Wayne Carey are regularly debated, while in ...

Inside Sport's 2019 AFL season preview edition on sale now  Inside Sport

The April 2019 issue of Inside Sport magazine rings in the new AFL Premiership Season in style with in-depth coverage of what will play out across an amazing ...

'Great stuff, geniuses': AFL under fire over AFLW finals fixture  Yahoo7 Sport

AFL bosses are again under fire for its treatment of the AFLW season – this time for its scheduling of the showpiece grand final. The preliminary finals were ...

Dustin Martin reveals he battled depression during 2018 season  Fox Sports

Richmond star Dustin Martin has revealed he reached out for help after struggling with anxiety and depression following his all-conquering 2017 AFL season.

AFL, news 2019: David King tips Melbourne, West Coast Eagles, Joe Daniher

It may be the year of the pig according to the Chinese calendar, but in AFL circles its looming as the year of the Demons. Melbourne were completely dismantled ...

AFL drug use 'out of control, says former player Nick Riewoldt  The Guardian

St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt has poured fuel on the AFL illicit drug debate, calling for a zero-tolerance approach to fix a situation he has labelled “out of control”.

AFL baulks again at twilight grand final  The Age

The AFL grand final will be played at the traditional time of 2.30pm this year after the AFL Commission decided to postpone a twilight decider again.

AFLW 2019: ‘Embarrassing’ conference system shredded, North Melbourne

The AFL has come under heavy fire from fans and members of the media after North Melbourne's AFLW side was shafted by the league's controversial ...

Sport Thought: Stretch too far and it can break  The Age

The AFL is the No.1 sporting competition for a reason but they must keep the community at the heart of their business model.

Ladbrokes Late Mail: Brisbane shapes as AFL’s big improver as Adelaide’s women continue to soar in AFLW  The Advertiser

Brisbane shapes as AFLs big improver and the odds of the Crows to win a second AFLW premiership are shortening in the market. See all the best bets and tips ...

'It's A Great Time For Irish Sport To Put A Stamp On The World. They Could Be The Leaders'

When AFL England president and CrossCoders co-founder Jason Hill recruited three Irish players for the 2019 season, his expectations were reasonable.

The players in the mix for round one AFL debuts  The Age

Bailey Scott, Nick Blakey, Sam Walsh, Jordan Clark and Bailey Smith are among those in the mix for round one debuts.

AFL players like Jesse Hogan ‘under more stress than ever’, says Max Gawn  The West Australian

Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn says increasing pressure on AFL players is playing a significant role in driving up the number of mental illness cases within the ...

Innovate or die say sports marketers as Bulldogs' jumper sparks debate  Sydney Morning Herald

Wearing a Thor-inspired jumper in round one might have Western Bulldogs fans scratching their heads, sports marketers have a message for AFL fans: "you ...

Christchurch shooting: Bachar Houli’s message for gunman

Richmond star and Muslim Bachar Houli has delivered a surprise message to the gunman of the Christchurch massacre after the deaths of 50 people.

How to pick your 2019 AFL ladder  Sydney Morning Herald

Predicting what will happen in the course of an AFL season is a fraught task, and and bound to be wrong on several counts, but I've based my ladder on these ...

AFL won't budge on runners or 50-metre penalty rule despite coach concerns  Sydney Morning Herald

The AFL will not change the rule limiting runners despite concerns being expressed by coaches and AFL star Luke Hodge.

The AFL lacks a vision for AFLW, but that needs to change  ABC News

It's 7:10pm on Friday and footy takes centre stage at Canberra's UNSW Oval, but the game was the type of faux pas that makes one doubt the AFL's commitment ...

AFL Daily: Matthew Lloyd v naive Nick Riewoldt, Joe Daniher injury comments, breaking AFL news 2019  Herald Sun

Every weekday we will be bringing you all the breaking footy news from across Australia as it happens. 'DEFIES LOGIC': GORDON SLAMS AFL OVER GOOD ...

AFL lags in promoting women, says former Adelaide coach Bec Goddard  The Guardian

Adelaide's AFLW premiership coach Bec Goodard has taken aim at the AFL, saying the league is miles behind basketball in its treatment of female leaders.

AFL to review drugs policy with mental health 'loophole' a focus  The Guardian

The fraught issue of mental health will be a focus as the AFL reviews its controversial illicit drugs policy.

Geelong chairman Colin Carter backs a twilight AFL grand final  Sydney Morning Herald

Geelong chairman Colin Carter, one of the AFL's most seasoned officials, has joined Collingwood's Eddie McGuire in backing a potential shift to a twilight grand ...

AFLW players are 9.2 times more likely to injure their knees than male players. Here's why  ABC News

Offering players in the AFLW league professional contracts, rather than their current semi-professional status, could be part of the solution to ending spiralling ...

Young Māori AFL player doing for "Pops and Nan"  Māori Television

18 year old Akuhata King is one of a handful of Māori players in the AFL New Zealand premiership.

Western Bulldogs unveil Round 1 jumper...and it has not gone down well  Fox Sports

The Western Bulldogs will celebrate the first AFL game at the new-look Marvel Stadium by wearing a Thor-inspired guernsey in their Round 1 clash against the ...

What we learnt from the AFL pre-season  The Age

While JLT Community Series games had nothing riding on them, they did provide a genuine taster for the season ahead. So, what can we take out of the ...

Coaches expect AFL to rethink runner ban before season start  Sydney Morning Herald

Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge expects the AFL to drop its ban on runners on the ground during play when the home and away season starts.

Eagles look outside AFL bubble to avoid premiership hangover  The Age

Eagles coach Adam Simpson is excited about 2019's impending AFL flag defence, as he tries to get his head around the new rules that come into effect this ...

AFL Gun Dustin Martin Opens Up About Seeking Help For Anxiety & Depression  Pedestrian TV

Undisputed AFL star Dustin Martin has revealed in an interview with The Age that he, like many of us, struggled with anxiety and depression in 2018, prompting ...

AFL players warned of long bans with enhanced ASADA detection  Sydney Morning Herald

AFL players are being warned by clubs that they can test positive on match day as much as seven days after taking an illicit drug and potentially earning bans of ...

Sports stadia are garbage, and here’s why  The Roar

Usually, this is the time of year when people are enjoying the start of their preferred football code's season – or looking forward to the finals in the case of the ...

AFL 2019, news: Rhys Palmer facing life ban after throwing shoe on track during horse race  The Advertiser

Former AFL star Rhys Palmer has come under heavy fire and faces a potential life ban after a bizarre and dangerous incident overnight in Perth.

AFL concedes illicit drugs policy has mental health loophole  ABC News

The AFL is reviewing its illicit drugs policy amid criticism players are able to use mental health issues as a loophole to avoid suspension.

Billy Slater gains new appreciation for AFL after Saints work  The Age

Billy Slater has enjoyed his time working with St Kilda, earning a new appreciation for Australian rules players.

AFL books $50m Profit Amid Expansion Strategy  Ministry of Sport

The AFL achieved record commercial revenue of $210m in 2018, boasting a surplus of $50m which is an increase of $1.6 million on the previous 12-month ...

AFL drugs code is failing players, says Goddard  The Age

Recently-retired AFL champion Brendon Goddard has thrown his weight behind calls for a stricter illicit drugs code, warning that players are slipping through the ...

Māori AFL NZ players want to see more involved  Māori Television

AFL is very popular in Australia, and it's slowly gaining traction here in NZ as well. The AFL NZ Premiership is into its fourth season, and the number of Māori ...

Six million-dollar men: Half a dozen among AFL top earners  Sydney Morning Herald

Six AFL players earned above $1 million during 2018 with three of the half dozen earning above $1.2 million.

Footy fans aren't ready for the grand final to be shifted  The Age

We aren't ready for the AFL grand final to be shifted from the traditional Saturday afternoon time slot to the twilight zone. Not yet. When the AFL Commission ...

Promising Eagle in frame for round one as doubts over JK remain  Sydney Morning Herald

West Coast have backed two-game swingman Oscar Allen to fill the void left by Josh Kennedy if the star spearhead is ruled out of the club's season opener ...

Conferences, crowds and AFL cannibalism — the four AFLW controversies you need to get across  ABC News

The AFL women's league is growing ever more popular; this round drew impressive crowds at the weekend, but also its fair share of controversy, writes Kate ...

Bikie match-fix fears: AFL urged to help fight threat  Herald Sun

Australias new sports watchdog will urge the AFL to hand over all intelligence it has on the illicit drug use of players who fail tests.

Drugs in sport: with great influence comes great responsibility  Sydney Morning Herald

Athletes have the ability to shape opinion, change behaviour and affect decision making.

Irish-born players to be surveyed about AFL careers  Sydney Morning Herald

Irish born AFL players will be surveyed amid concerns that players with short-lived AFL careers struggle to resume where they left off when they return to Ireland ...

Saints gun set to miss most of AFL season  The Age

St Kilda's worst injury fears have been realised, with Jake Carlisle set to undergo surgery that will rule him out for the majority of the AFL season.

Rhys Palmer in critical condition after serious motorbike accident, harness racing shoe

Former AFL star Rhys Palmer is reportedly “fighting for his life” after a motorbike accident in Perth on Saturday night. The former Fremantle and Carlton player ...

AFLPA boss Paul Marsh says they will name and shame racist fan after Eddie Betts was targeted again  Fox Sports

The AFLPA will name and shame the person behind the latest racially motivated attack on Adelaide star Eddie Betts.

AFL boss has made the call on grand final scheduling for 2019  Sydney Morning Herald

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has already made up his mind on whether there should be a night or twilight grand final this year.

'Completely wrong': AFL dismisses drugs claim  The Age

AFL dismisses claim that 16 players at a single club are escaping random drug tests because of mental health issues and condemns racist attack directed at ...

AFL Victoria Boasts Record Participation In 2018  Ministry of Sport

AFL Victoria has reported a record-breaking year in 2018, with new participation rates revealing an increase in Victorians playing Australian Football as well as ...

AFL 2019: Dale Morris injury ACL, Western Bulldogs

A year after the anterior cruciate ligament rupture that threatened to end his AFL career, Western Bulldogs ironman Dale Morris has suffered the same injury in ...

Females positioned to lead AFL, trailblazers say  The Age

The next AFL chairman and CEO could both be women, an idea implausible only ten years ago, two influential females have declared.

AFL's 6-6-6 rule the number of the beast in the forward line  The Age

At first glance, GWS Giants football boss Wayne Campbell thinks the AFL's new rules could help bring back the power forward.

Less could be more in footy, says Leigh Matthews  The Age

Footy legend Leigh Matthews says the AFL should take its retro rule changes further.

AFL scraps expensive LED screens after brief trial  The Age

League spent nearly $5000 per LED board, but there have been complaints they couldn't be seen in the sun.

Daisy Pearce twins, Instagram, AFLW 2019, AFL women’s

Melbourne fans are rejoicing after star midfielder Daisy Pearce welcomed both a little boy and girl into the world last week.

McLachlan lauds captains, calls AFL lucky  The Age

While rugby league deals with its off-season horrors, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan rates his club captains as potential son-in-law material.

West Coast's Naitanui could make early AFL return  Sydney Morning Herald

West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui is tracking so well that he could return by round eight, while forward Jamie Cripps is making a late bid to be fit for the club's ...

AFL captains reveal who to pick and who to avoid in SuperCoach for the 2019 season  Herald Sun

It's time to make your big final SuperCoach decisions ahead of the first lockout on Thursday night, so who better to give you the lowdown on who to pick than AFL ...

May wants to clean up his act after ban stands  Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne recruit Steven May acknowledged he may need to clean up parts of his game after the AFL tribunal upheld his one-match ban.

Irishman Ray Connellan was delisted by St Kilda last year, but he isn’t giving up on his AFL dream yet  Fox Sports

Delisted Irishman Ray Connellan is back in Melbourne and ready to give our game another crack, after surprisingly being shown the door by St Kilda last ...

Easton Wood says AFL gambling with our children's future  The Stawell Times-News

WESTERN Bulldogs captain Easton Wood said increasing exposure to sports betting in the game is gambling too much with a young generation's future. Wood ...

Sports Week: Crawley on cricket + AFL & NRL trials, Supercars  Mediaweek

He was visiting the SCG as part of a Fox Sports media day ahead of the 2019 NRL season, but Mediaweek took the chance of speaking with Fox Sports head of ...

Cats' selection dilemma as mobile Magpies loom  Sydney Morning Herald

Geelong's tall defenders are in form but can they play them all against the Magpies in round one?

AFL, Sydney Swans star Isaac Heeney: Play different sports to learn more skills  Daily Telegraph

So you want to raise the next Tiger Woods or Lleyton Hewitt You might think the best approach is to lock your child into one sport so they can practice a specific ...

Channel Seven: AFL must be ready to move to twilight grand final  The Age

Channel Seven expects the AFL to move the starting time of the AFL grand final to twilight "when they are ready" but the broadcaster will not be fussed if the AFL ...

Ben Cousins’ shocking drug addiction laid bare in court | AFL 2019

The horrific extent of fallen AFL champion Ben Cousins' drug addiction has been revealed as it emerged he concealed 13g of meth inside himself.

Heeney cleared of injury as Swans smash Suns in final AFL warm-up  Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney are breathing a sigh of relief after gun midfielder Isaac Heeney was cleared of a serious injury in their 42-point JLT series win over Gold Coast.

Local footy Q+A: AFL Barwon bosses tackle big issues  Geelong Advertiser

Geelong Advertiser sports editor Nick Wade caught up with AFL Barwon region manager Will McGregor and AFL Barwon chairman Craig Keating to chat about ...

Zach attack: How a book about Michael Jordan ignited Zach Merrett’s AFL career  Fox Sports

Zach Merrett was borderline inconsolable following Essendon's 61-point defeat to Port Adelaide in Round 3, 2016.

AFL: Swans inspire Hunter Academy of Sport squads at coaching session  Newcastle Herald

"NSW is a rugby league state but there are a lot more Sherrins being kicked around at lunch time."

AFL Weapon Tom Liberatore Now Sports A Wild Deep Cut 'Simpsons' Tatty  Pedestrian TV

It's absolutely no secret that Tom Liberatore is one of, if not the, biggest weapons currently kicking about the AFL. But you don't get a full picture of just how ...

New AFL Footy Show panel revealed, Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann, Brendan Fevola

Radio host and comedian Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann will be hosting the 2019 Footy Show, *fresh* reports have revealed.

Sideline symbols to revolutionise AFL coaching on game-day  Sydney Morning Herald

Coaches will use symbols displayed on state-of-the-art LED boards to communicate messages to players mid-game under a radical AFL plan.

Small profit for Suns, deficit for GWS after AFL's $45m contribution  Sydney Morning Herald

Gold Coast made a profit and Giants a loss in 2018 however both clubs remain dependent on AFL support as they seek toehold in new markets.

Adelaide's Taylor Walker guilty at the AFL tribunal  Sydney Morning Herald

Adelaide co-captain Taylor Walker's rough conduct charge for a tackle on Port Adelaide's Riley Bonner has been upheld by the AFL tribunal.

AFL alleged drug use: Grant Thomas opens up on St Kilda bombshell

St Kilda great Nick Dal Santo says it is “annoying and frustrating” that he and his former teammates have been forced to defend themselves following allegations ...

AFL JLT pre-season 2019: West Coast Eagles defeat Geelong Cats, results, video

The West Coast Eagles' Grand Final win was no fluke as they sent an early message to the AFL in a week one win in the JLT pre-season competition.

AFL drugs: St Kilda’s Grant Thomas called a liar by Peter Spida Everitt

AFL great Peter “Spida” Everitt has grilled former coach Grant Thomas in a fiery live radio dispute surrounding the former mentor's explosive drug allegations.

The Punt sports betting guide: AFL favourites, Australia V India ODI, NBL semi-finals  Herald Sun

Richmond will start the AFL season favourite to win a second premiership in three seasons despite failing to make the Grand Final last year. The Tigers ($5) ...

AFL, the Australian game kicking off in the United States

It's a sport normally associated with Australia but on a crowded sports field on the outskirts of Minneapol...

AFL bids to arrest low scoring games with nine rule changes  The Guardian

The AFL says it has listened to fans and will introduce nine rule changes next year to produce more free-flowing football and make the game a better spectacle.

Hannah Mouncey hits out at AFL as she withdraws from AFLW draft  The Guardian

Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey appears to have given up her AFLW dream after deciding not to nominate for the draft.