About Australian Football League
The Australian Football League is the highest-level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football. Through the Australian Football League Commission, the Australian Football League also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the Laws of the Game.
The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.