AFL stands for Australia Football League, and AFL Grand Final Friday is an annual showdown of the Australia Rules Football. My Many Aussies friends requested me on my Twitter Handle (@ajeetghuman) to do depth research and write an article on it. I tried my best in justifying the every fact and history lesson I found and write it in the most straightforward and readable manner. Hope you like it and also subscribe to my news feed to get the most out of your emails (which always ends up with no sense discount coupons or other stuff – I got 10,000 Unread Mail). So let’s get ready to rumble and learn when and why the AFL Grand Final Friday celebrated.
History of Australian Football League and AFL Grand final Friday 2017 Time, Date and Venue
Even before we jumped right into the mud and got rumbled with the history lessons, I just want to clarify that this all coming from the Internet and all the research stuff I found out from my Aussie friends.
History Lesson on How Australia Football League Got its Name
Victorian Football league which was the formal name of Australian Football league for 1897-1989. But around 1980 the VFL started to grow higher and became the no.1 state League in all over the country. Which meant it got lots attention and tons of money and crowd, which affected other countries too. The VFL and its top clubs started to invest more money on the top of the league players to join the VFL. But this resulted in some tragic sudden financial crisis for the weaker club the Victoria football league.
The rise of the expensive made many club owners to leave the league and relocate and established into different states. South Melbourne came out to be the first VFL club to leave and went to Sydney, by which means they moved the home games to Sydney too in 1982.
In 1990, the league name changed from Victoria Football league to Australia Football league to represent the National name and give it more value from Football sports too. After when the South Melbourne club left, there was many up and downs and many new organizations joined, and few of them left too. And also the Name Victoria Football League is still used in a lower level of the league, but on national wide, it gets called by AFL.
What is an AFL and how it works
The Australian Football League (AFL) is a unique manner of sport in Australian Rules Football. It’s a Sports governing body to conduct and maintain the Sports law in Football. The league developed out of Victorian Football Association (VFA). At first, they were only allowed the teams from the Australian State of Victoria to be a part of AFL, but after expanding to the other countries, they changed the league name and allowed other states teams to join them in 1990 season.
The Leagues works with 18 teams spread all over Australia. Every single match has played since the beginning on the ground of Australia but also used the New Zealand and China to host the games after the expansion.
The current AFL is based on pre-season competition, following with 23 teams in the season. These seasons played during Australia Winter (March to September) and top of 8 teams from this season (also known as JLT Community Series) than participate in the playoff in a four round final series. Then two teams from eight teams with high score join the AFL Grand Final at Melbourne Cricket Ground every year.
The winner of AFL Grand Final Friday is called as “Premiers” and get rewarded by the Premiership Cup.
- The current Premiers are the famous Western Bulldogs.
AFL Grand Final Friday Time, Date, Venue and Sponsors
According to officials, Australia Grand Final Friday 2017 dates are Friday 29, September. And this year Toyota company is sponsoring the 2017 AFL Grand Final. The venue for the AFL Grand Final is same like every year at Melbourne Cricket Ground.