Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2013 season was the unofficial 27th AFL season as the league expanded from 12 clubs to 14 clubs in 1987.
The new clubs were West Coast Eagles and Brisbane Bears. In 1991 Adelaide Crows joined followed by Fremantle Dockers in 1995.
1997 was the start of a new era of the AFL. Port Adelaide Power joined. Footscray changed its name to Western Bulldogs. Brisbane Bears and Fitzroy Lions merged to become Brisbane Lions.
In 2011 Gold Coast Suns joined followed by Greater Western Sydney last season. That brings the number of clubs to 18.
- Ken Hinkley is appointed coach at Port Adelaide. He had immediate success by climbing 7 places and play in the Semi Finals.
- After a year out of the AFL, Mick Malthouse returned as coach at Carlton. This is his 4th coaching position in AFL's 27 year history.
- After a poor start to the season, Neil Craig replaced Mark Neeld as Melbourne coach.
Richmond climbed 7 places to qualify to its first finals series since 2001. Whilst Adelaide fell 9 places from 2nd on the ladder last season and out of the finals series.
Last season, Hawthorn were the minor premiers and played in the Grand Final. They took the next step by winning the double in 2013 : minor premiers and winning the premiership. Fremantle playing in its 1st Grand Final were Hawthorn's opponents. Whilst Greater Western Sydney in its two seasons in the AFL has won them 2 wooden spoons.
Jarryd Roughead of Hawthorn won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Gary Ablett, Jr. of Gold Coast Suns won the Brownlow Medal.
|4||Sydney Swans||Semi Final|
|Elimination Final||Carlton||Preliminary Final|
|Elimination Final||Preliminary Final||Fremantle|
|7||Port Adelaide||Semi Final||Fremantle|