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Essendon 16
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AFL (Australian Football League)

The Australian Football League AFL also known as “Aussie Rules” “Footy” and formerly the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1989 is an Australian Professional sports league. Played in all major cities of Australia the AFL is game played by 18 teams that contest the annual leagues weekly matches, culminating in a Grand Final to determine the best team of the year.

The AFL season currently consists of a 23-round regular (or “home-and-away”) season, which runs during the Australian winter (March to September). The team with the best record after the home-and-away series is awarded the “minor premiership”. The top eight teams then play off in a four-round finals series, culminating in the AFL Grand Final, which is normally held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground each year. The grand final winner is termed the “premiers”, and is awarded the premiership cup. Carlton and Essendon are the joint-most successful clubs in the competition, having won sixteen premierships apiece. The current premiers are Melbourne, who won the 2021 AFL Grand Final.



Awarded to the winning team of the annual Grand Final.

History of the Game

The Victorian Football Association (VFA) was established in 1877 and quickly went on to become Victoria’s football competition. During the 1890s, an off-field power struggle occurred between the VFA’s stronger and weaker clubs, the former seeking greater administrative control commensurate with their relative financial contribution to the game. This came to a head in 1896 when it was proposed that gate profits, which were always lower in matches involving the weaker clubs, be shared equally amongst all teams in the VFA. After it was intimated that the proposal would be put to a vote, six of the strongest clubs—Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne and South Melbourne—seceded from the VFA, and later invited Carlton and St Kilda to join them in founding a new competition, the Victorian Football League (VFL). The remaining VFA clubs—Footscray, North Melbourne, Port Melbourne, Richmond and Williamstown—were given the opportunity to compete as junior sides at a level beneath the VFL, but rejected the offer and remained for the 1897 VFA season.

Adelaide CrowsAdelaide1991Adelaide Oval2
Brisbane LionsBrisbane1997The Gabba3
Carlton BluesMelbourne1897Docklands Stadium16
Collingwood MagpiesMelbourne1897MCG16
Essendon BombersMelbourne1897Docklands Stadium16
Fremantle DockersFreemantle1995Optus Stadium0
Geelong CatsGeelong1897Kardinia Park9
Gold Coast SunsGold Coast2011Carrara Stadium0
Greater Western Sydney GiantsHomebush2012Sydney Showground Stadium0
Hawthorn HawksMelbourne1925MCG13
Melbourne DemonsMelbourne1897MCG13
North Melbourne KangaroosMelbourne1925Docklands Stadium4
Port Adelaide PowerAdelaide1997Adelaide Oval1
Richmond TigersMelbourne1908MCG13
St Kilda SaintsMelbourne1897Docklands Stadium1
Sydney SwansSydney1897SCG5
West Coast EaglesPerth1987Optus Stadium4
Western BulldogsMelbourne1925Docklands Stadium2

The following major individual awards and accolades are presented each season:

  • Brownlow Medal – to the fairest and best player in the league, voted by the umpires
  • Coleman Medal – to the player who kicks the most goals during the home-and-away season
  • All-Australian team – a squad of 22 players deemed the best in their positions, voted by an AFL-appointed committee
    Rising Star Award – to the fairest and best young player (under the age of 21 and with fewer than ten games’ experience at the beginning of the year), voted by the All-Australian committee
  • Norm Smith Medal – the best player on the ground in the grand final, voted by a committee
  • Jock McHale Medal – the coach of the premiership-winning team
  • Mark of the Year – to the player who takes the best or most spectacular mark during the season
  • Goal of the Year – to the player who kicks the best or most spectacular goal during the season
  • Leigh Matthews Trophy – to the best player in the league, voted by the players through the AFL Players’ Association
    Other independent best and fairest awards are presented by different football and media organisations.

BTS GURU places the AFL selections within our ROOKIE and PRO with ALL World access passes. If you live outside Australia you can still bet on these sports with sports books like Fan Duel and Draft Kings who are providing markets. While some of the “Same Game Multi Bets” may not be offered by all betting agencies it is best to shop around to find books that can provide you with more outcomes at the best prices. If you live outside Australia and are interested in watching the games, then scroll to the bottom to access the links to the paid subscriptions services where you can get all the games live or GET AN AFL PAID TICKET HERE >

A brief look at betting on the AFL, the scoring is generally high with Over / Unders reaching 200+ in some games, but generally around 165 points in the game. This makes for an exciting outcome with high scoring games, the chance for big swings in the game as goals are worth 6 points.

Generally scoring of the game is GOALS and BEHINDS – Where Goals are 6 points and Behinds are 1 point. 

A typical scoreboard of a match will look something like this – 

Sydney vs Essendon (Spread -20 Sydney, Over / Under 179.5) – NB In Australia the Spread in this Sport will be called the LINE.

SYD – 16 10 106 

ESS – 12 11 83 

Which means Sydney Kicked 16 Goals (96pts) and 10 Behinds (10pts) for a total of 106 pts to Essendons 12 Goals (72pts) and 11 Behinds (11pts) for a total of 83 pts. Sydney win the game by 23 pts and the total was 189, Sydney covered the spread and the game total was OVERS.

Props and Options when betting on AFL.

There generally are extensive markets in each match some of those include – 

  • Disposals 
  • Goals
  • Alternate Lines
  • Alternate Totals
  • First Half / Second Half 
  • Lead at all Quarters

Generally we build our Same Game Multis with a range of items to find outcomes in the $2.50 – $4.00 range.

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