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Sport is more important than ever after spate of AFL fan violence  The Guardian

Ugly crowd incidents are hardly a new phenomenon, but what we saw on the weekend feels as if it's powered by something else.

Wildcard round back on the AFL's agenda  Sydney Morning Herald

The AFL canvassed the competition committee on Wednesday about the prospect of introducing a wildcard round on the eve of the finals series.

AFL 2019: Charlie Cameron fires shots at Crows, Josh Jenkins responds

Charlie Cameron delivered a parting shot to Adelaide after leading the Lions to a one-point win in Brisbane last weekend. The star small forward, who moved ...

AFL Indigenous guernseys revealed, and the stories behind them  Sydney Morning Herald

The 18 unique jumpers have now all been revealed, celebrating ancient and contemporary Indigenous culture.

AFL 2019: Nathan Vardy push on Max Gawn, Brendon Goddard comments

Former St Kilda and Essendon star Brendon Goddard has taken aim at players that taunt vulnerable opponents, labelling the act “cheap” and “cowardice”.

AFL 2019, news: Heath Grundy retires, Jordan de Goey, Patrick Dangerfield

Veteran Sydney defender Heath Grundy has announced his immediate AFL retirement due to a back injury.

Sportwatch: Demons' AFL season ignites and Roosters overpower Tigers in NRL  The Guardian

Rolling report: Lions beat Swans, Manly beat Bulldogs, plus the latest rugby, tennis and more. Join Jonathan Howcroft for updates.

AFL 2019: AFL’s please explain to Carlton, Gillon McLachlan, Dale Thomas

It's a somewhat ubiquitous chant at the footy and has been for sometime. Some might even say it is uniquely Australian to go to the footy and have a crack at the ...

Sportwatch: AFL's Showdown 46, NRL, Super Netball - as it happened  The Guardian

Rolling report: Join Richard Parkin for coverage of the day's AFL, NRL, Super Netball and Super Rugby action.

Footy Show cancelled: Channel 9 show reforms for AFL Grand Final, report

The Footy Show is already being re-built to make a comeback in 2019, according to a report from Essendon legend Tim Watson. The Channel 7 sport presenter ...

AFL sends please explain over Carlton cheer squad  The Age

The Carlton cheer squad came up with a chant during the Collingwood game. The AFL didn't like it.

AFL 2019: Simon Goodwin, Melbourne Demons press conference video

Melbourne expect Simon Goodwin to coach them in Sunday's AFL match against GWS, despite the mentor being forced to cut short his mid-week media ...

AFL 2019: Carlton legend Mark Maclure calls for board accountability after GWS loss

Three-time premiership player and former Carlton captain Mark Maclure hasn't minced his words when assessing his side's dire predicament, declaring the ...

AFL club bosses to watch Adam Goodes documentary  The Guardian

Club bosses will have a private screening of an upcoming documentary about Adam Goodes as the AFL braces itself for the fallout once it is released publicly.

McLachlan hails 'pragmatic' AFL umpiring after Rampe goalpost furore  The Guardian

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has described as 'pretty practical' the umpiring of Sydney co-captain Dane Rampe's goalpost climb in Friday's dramatic Essendon ...

AFL's regrettable response to Goodes documentary  The Age

The game's response to the booing of the Swans champion wasn't good enough. And a managed response to uncomfortable truths isn't the answer.

New AFL role points to progress in acceptance of mental health issues  The Guardian

In late February Jack Steven stood up in front of his St Kilda teammates and told them he was taking time away from the club to deal with mental health issues.

The Hard Ball Gets AFL Show: The Two Minute Warning, round nine edition  The West Australian

Hawthorn premiership player Xavier Ellis joins 7NEWS sports reporter Ryan Daniels and Nick Rynne to spend two minutes debating one topic on every team.

AFL 2019: Melbourne Demons release most heartwarming footy video of the season

Before his mum, Trudie, passed away with cancer in 2017, Melbourne midfielder Oskar Baker promised her he'd take his footy to the highest level.

Jack Steven takes another AFL break to manage mental health  The Guardian

St Kilda star Jack Steven will take another extended AFL break to manage his mental health, with the club unsure when he will return.

AFL 2019: Ben Cousins meets with Richmond officials, players before Tigers’ game in WA against Fremantle  Fox Sports

Fallen AFL star Ben Cousins has met with players and officials of his former club Richmond at a training session before the Tigers' Round 8 clash with Fremantle ...

Saturday sportwatch: Super Netball, AFL, NRL, A-League - as it happened  The Guardian

So, that's almost everything in bed - with just the late AFL fixture from the West rolling over. Freo have kicked five of the last six through David Mundy and ...

AFL 2019: Dermott Brereton calls out MRO hypocrisy over Gary Ablett decision

Had it been Mitch Robinson and not Gary Ablett who raised an elbow to Sam Wright, the Lion would have received a suspension. That's the view of Hawthorn ...

Half the players, twice the funding: AFL's financial win over football  The Age

Questions over sports funding have resurfaced ahead of the 2019 federal election with AFL receiving twice as much in financial pledges from both major parties ...

Anzac Day AFL game: Essendon v Collingwood - as it happened  The Guardian

Goal-by-goal report: Richard Parkin brings you the 2019 AFL Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood from the MCG.

Sunday sportwatch: Super Netball, AFL, NRL, A-League - as it happened  The Guardian

So as advertisements for pre-finals knockouts go, it wasn't a corker. 1st v 6th should be a little closer than this, but the Nix will argue it was a second string side ...

June 2019 issue of Inside Sport on sale now  Inside Sport

As we settle in for another long and chilly winter, the action on our footy fields has turned white-hot, with Australia's Sporting Magazine here to deliver more ...

Israel Folau's sacking shines light on confusion between athletes and sports bodies on religious expression  ABC News

As Israel Folau considers his legal options in the wake of his sacking by Rugby Australia, other Australian sports are keeping a close eye on proceedings in what ...

AFL: Forget Queensland, more Tasmanians are tuning in to the footy  Sydney Morning Herald

Around 50 per cent more Tasmanians than Queenslanders are watching AFL on TV.

AFL and DraftKings Fantasy Game, 1,200 Fortnite Accounts Banned  SportTechie

Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019 – A roundup of some of the key sports technology stories you need to know, including SportTechie's own *content* and stories from around ...

Essendon seek answers from AFL over lack of free kick against Rampe  The Age

Essendon have formally asked the AFL to explain why a free kick wasn't paid against Dane Rampe for jumping on the goal post.

Sydney, Essendon and Brisbane win thrilling AFL contests, Geelong, Collingwood also victorious  ABC News

Sydney edges North Melbourne in a thriller, while Essendon squeeze past Fremantle, Geelong dispatch the Bulldogs, Collingwood defeat St Kilda and the Lions ...

'Enough is enough': Goodes documentary a 'line in the sand'  Wide World of Sports

The Adam Goodes documentary is a line in the sand for AFL's indigenous players to rally against racism, an indigenous leader in the sport says. Goodes' bitter ...

How Jay Lockhart went from working on the docks to playing for Melbourne overnight  Fox Sports

If it wasn't for the introduction of a rule last year, Jay Lockhart would still be unpacking shipping containers in Truganina at 5am every morning, driving 90 ...

666 rule not to blame for AFL scoring drop-off  The Australian

A significant drop in scoring across the AFL this year can effectively be attributed to the law of unintended consequences.

AFL Round 8 Blowtorch 2019: Every club’s burning question and Fox Footy commentary roster  Fox Sports

The scoring difference between Essendon wins and losses is stark, while the Eagles are stuck in their own scoring drought.

Bone’s beef: The secret to winning a flag is kicking snags  Herald Sun

It's an oldie but a goodie and still rings true today despite the rapidly declining scoring rate. Since the inception of the Adelaide Football Club in 1991, only two ...

AFL 2019: West Coast v Melbourne, Liam Ryan, Wayne Carey  Daily Telegraph

West Coast wore their indigenous strip and it was an indigenous star who made the moment all his own with a Mark of the Year contender that sealed a vital ...

Quiet rooms at AFL stadiums a game changer for football fans with special needs  ABC News

In what has been described an incredible move, St Kilda Football Club is offering a calming room at its home stadium where special needs children can watch ...

Anzac Day AFL clash should be shared with every club, Collingwood coaching great Mick Malthouse says  ABC News

For the passionate, the neutral and the novice, the Anzac Day clash is the must-see match of the AFL's home-and-away season.

By losing perspective, are social media assassins undermining their AFL teams' chances?  ABC News

In the week-to-week world of AFL, it is easy for fans to lose perspective about just how good or bad their sides actually are, with the next crisis often just one ...

Legendary footy commentator Mike Williamson dies  Sydney Morning Herald

One of the iconic voices of Australian Rules commentary, Mike Williamson, has died.

Collingwood defeats Carlton in Round 8: Brave Blues shown by Magpies what it takes to win the tight ones  Fox Sports

Just when you thought they'd suffered enough pain, Blues supporters were forced to endure another heart-stopper against archrivals Collingwood on Saturday ...

Why Brendon Gale should be the AFL's next CEO  The Age

It is five years almost to the day that Gillon McLachlan was appointed to the biggest job in Australian sport, a job to which he had seemed destined for at least ...

Craig Bellamy open to coaching in AFL in post-NRL career  Sporting News AU

Storm coach Craig Bellamy has left the door open to an AFL coaching career once his work in rugby league is done, following a similar path to club legend Billy ...

Outdated AFL and football fan stereotypes need to be rethought  Sporting News AU

Stereotypes can be difficult to break down. Particularly when it comes to sport. And, so it seems, with sporting crowds. For most of my lifetime in this country, AFL ...

Goodes film on AFL CEOs' agenda  The Age

The embargoed and highly sensitive Adam Goodes documentary will be privately shown to all attending AFL club chiefs when they meet in Werribee on ...

AFL booing defended by Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss, who says passionate fans are vital  ABC News

Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss weighs into the booing debate, saying it's better for crowds to be passionate than have a sterile environment at ...

AFL 2019: Nathan Buckley addresses Eddie McGuire’s Alastair Clarkson-Carlton comments  Fox Sports

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has defended his comments calling on Carlton to poach Alastair Clarkson from Hawthorn if Brendon Bolton gets sacked.

Super Netball reaps rewards of pooling knowledge and resources with AFL  The Guardian

While the rise of cross-code athletes in the AFLW, NRL Women's, Women's Big Bash League and W-League have taken some of the limelight from netball in the ...

AFL 2019: Gary Ablett MCG mark, Michael Willson photo, Josh Hernandez American fan cheering before mark was taken

As Gary Ablett soared for a screamer in the goalsquare on Easter Monday, one fan was already cheering.

AFL calls for better treatment of umpires  The Age

The AFL's head of football has called for a transformation in the treatment of umpires, as the game struggles to recruit umpires at the lower levels.

AFL 2019: Collingwood sign basketballer Tom Wilson as Category B rookie  Fox Sports

Collingwood has signed former Australian Boomer Tom Wilson as a Category B Rookie.

Adelaide Crows defender Wayne Milera says players must learn from Adam Goodes booing saga  The Advertiser

Adelaide defender Wayne Milera has called on indigenous players to be more supportive of one another and feels they could have done more for Adam Goodes ...

AFL Round 7: North Melbourne defeat Carlton, thanks to Blues’ woeful opening quarter  Fox Sports

In a match the Blues were expected to take it up to the bottom-placed North Melbourne team, things couldn't have gone much worse in the opening quarter.

Graphic warning: Gruesome extent of Jarryn Geary quad injury  Fox Sports

A confronting photo of Jarryn Geary's leg from a hospital operating bed shows the true extent of the St Kilda captain's gruesome injury. Geary left hospital earlier ...

Toumpas puts hand up for AFL mid-season draft  Sydney Morning Herald

Melbourne's former high draft pick Jimmy Toumpas is among the 150-plus players who have already nominated for the AFL's new version of the mid-season ...

Sport Minister, Optus Stadium boss scoff at Eagles' turf concerns  The Age

The boss of Optus Stadium and Western Australia's sports minister have scoffed at West Coast's displeasure at the hardness of the turf.

Long welcomes AFL discussion around Goodes  Yahoo Sports

Michael Long says the upcoming documentary about fellow indigenous AFL great Adam Goodes is another opportunity to change attitudes around race.

Press Release: Draftstars partners with Kayo to deliver largest Fantasy AFL prize pool in history  PRWire

Australia's most popular daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform, owned by PlayUp Limited, will break its own record in prize pools with this seasons AFL tournament.

AFL Footy Show sinks to historic new low

The revamped AFL Footy Show continues to tank, sinking to its worst ever ratings result in Melbourne on Thursday night.

David King, Anzac Day booing, AFL umpiring, Collingwood v Essendon, Anzac Day AFL

North Melbourne great David King believes umpiring is a “major concern” for the AFL right now, following an Anzac Day blockbuster containing a handful of ...

Cats defeat Bombers, Adelaide beats Fremantle, Kangaroos thrash Blues in AFL round 7  ABC News

The Cats stay top of the ladder after defeating the Bombers at the MCG, while the Crows down the Dockers in a dour affair and the Kangaroos enjoy a 58-point ...

AFL 2019: Adelaide and Carlton pick swap moves to uncharted territory  PerthNow

It was the biggest bombshell we've ever seen on draft night, as Carlton and Adelaide made an eye-catching trade at the 2018 national draft. As Adelaide was on ...

AFL 2019, news: Jordan Lewis responds to criticism, Kane Cornes, Melbourne v St Kilda | Jack Riewoldt

Jordan Lewis returned to the Melbourne line-up for the first time in 2019 when the Demons took on St Kilda in round five.

If you don't mind, AFL: Umps blow whistle on lack of support  The Age

Senior umpires feel they have been let down by the AFL because of the league's refusal to speak up in support of the beleaguered profession after a series of ...

Footy gets the boos  The Age

Twice in four days this week, boos rained down on AFL champions. First it was Gary Ablett, then Scott Pendlebury. Others cop it every week; Lance Franklin is ...

Buti's Call: AFL muddling the line between theatre of war and football  Sydney Morning Herald

It is disturbing that many in the AFL industry seem to be increasingly muddling the line between the battle of war and the football contest.

QLD looking deadly ahead of National AFL Championships  National Indigenous Times

Nine Indigenous athletes will play for Queensland at the U18s National AFL Championships in July. The news comes a fortnight after the release of the latest ...

Ablett a winner again, this time at tribunal  The Age

Gary Ablett is free to take on North Melbourne on Sunday after the AFL tribunal swiftly cleared him of intentionally striking Dylan Shiel.

Swans' $55 million centre hailed as boost for women's sport  Sydney Morning Herald

The Swans have landed a coup for women's sport in Sydney, securing $15 million of federal government funding for a facility to house elite football and netball ...

Laois star makes encouraging AFL return for Geelong

Laois native Zach Tuohy made an encouraging return to the AFL as he helped the Geelong Cats to a comfortable win over the reigning Premiership champions ...

Poor Sydney derby crowd underlines AFL's ongoing challenge in NSW  The Age

The lowest crowd at the SCG for a Sydney derby in five years is more evidence of the challenges the AFL still faces in the harbour city.

AFL 2019: Gary Ablett cleared by Match Review, Chris Scott v Mark Robinson on AFL 360, Cats coach defends bumper bars

Geelong coach Chris Scott has defended Cats star Gary Ablett from criticism by AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson over the dual Brownlow medallist's latest Match ...

'Really difficult decision': Conti traded to Richmond for pick one  The Age

A desire to be part of something new led Monique Conti to make the difficult move from the Western Bulldogs to Richmond. Having been denied the chance to ...

AFL gives all-clear to controversial Anzac Day umpiring  The Age

An AFL review has backed contentious umpiring calls made in the Anzac Day blockbuster, as Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson called for umpires to go full-time ...

Wilson hopes to boom for Magpies in AFL  Yahoo Sport Australia

Former Australian basketballer Tom Wilson says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and Scott Pendlebury were major reasons he joined the Magpies.

Injured Melbourne Rebel Ben Daley helping AFL club St Kilda  Herald Sun

The former Wallaby is not swapping codes as he nears the end of a rugby career hampered recently by major injuries, but he has never been one to sit idle ...

Louth and Pat's star Kate Flood earns professional AFL deal  Dundalk Democrat

Louth captain Kate Flood has signed a professional contract with Ladies AFL side Fremantle, The Democrat has learned. The St. Patrick's player, who is the ...

AFL rankings: Who is your club's best player?  Sydney Morning Herald

West Coast's fall from grace and cross-town rival Fremantle's resurgence have been reflected in the latest AFL rankings that place a ruckman as the game's best ...

Bathurst Giants women to wear special jumpers for Central West AFL's Indigeous round  Western Advocate

The Bathurst Giants are determined to work together as one this Saturday.

Round four of the AFL a remarkable, incomprehensible celebration  The Guardian

Nailbiters, from-the-canvas comebacks, shock upsets - round four was pure football feelings.

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.

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.

2018: an AFL year with plenty despite the perceived demise  The Guardian

Amid all the doom and gloom 2018 served up plenty to savour.

New AFL season a welcome distraction after bumpy summer  The Guardian

Thursday's opener between Carlton and Richmond is likely to be greeted at AFL House with a certain sense of relief. Geoff Lemon. Wed 20 Mar 2019 13.00 EDT ...

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.

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 to crack down on bumps, niggles and studs next season  The Guardian

The bump is back on the endangered species list after the AFL Commission approved a range of tweaks to the match review and tribunal systems for 2019.

'Toxic deals': concerns for children over NRL and AFL clubs' alcohol advertising  The Guardian

A new study has highlighted the extent to which alcohol advertising is ingrained within Australia's two major football codes, with concerns raised about the ...

Report: AFL meets with tech giants ahead of new rights tender  SportsPro Media

The Australian Football League (AFL) chief executive, Gillon McLachlan, has travelled to the United States to meet with Amazon, Facebook and Google, ...

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.

AFL sides deal with new 6-6-6, kick-out and 50m penalty rules ahead of season opener  ABC News

A raft of rule changes look set to shake up the new season of footy — but what does the preseason tell us about how the players and coaches have responded to ...

Sportwatch: AFLW preliminary final, AFL, NRL, Super W - as it happened  The Guardian

Rolling report: Who will join Carlton in the AFLW grand final, and who will start the AFL season brightly? Find out with Richard Parkin.

The Disneyfication of the AFL  Pursuit

Australian Rules football is a grassroots sport, but a University of Melbourne expert says the AFL's corporatisation is distancing itself from the fans.

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...

AFLW's Tayla Harris is not first female athlete targeted by trolls, and even some male players  ABC News

When former male AFL players join the pile-on of their female counterparts, you can see there's still a lot of work to do, writes Kate O'Halloran.

Apologetic Dustin Martin fined by AFL for offensive gestures  The Guardian

Dustin Martin has apologised for the offensive hand gestures he made during the weekend's game against Greater Western Sydney that resulted in a $7,500 ...

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”.