Although the league was still called the VFL until the start of the 1990 season, the 2014 season was the unofficial 28th 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 in 2012. That brings the number of clubs to 18.
- Mark Thompson steps up to become the Essendon coach whilst James Hird serves a 12 month ban.
- Adam Simpson replaced John Worsfold as coach at West Coast Eagles.
- Justin Leppitsch is appointed coach at Brisbane Lions.
- Leon Cameron is appointed coach at Greater Western Sydney.
- Paul Roos is appointed coach at Melbourne.
- Alan Richardson is appointed coach at St Kilda.
North Melbourne and West Coast Eagles both climbed 4 places. Whilst Collingwood and Carlton both fell 5 places and out of the finals series.
Hawthorn played in its third Grand Final in a row and back-to-back AFL Premierships. Sydney Swans were minor premiers and played them in the Grand Final. Whilst St Kilda won the wooden spoon replacing Greater Western Sydney's reign.
MedalsEditLance Franklin of Sydney Swans won the Coleman Medal for the leading goalscorer. Matt Priddis of West Coast Eagles won the Brownlow Medal.
|Elimination Final||Port Adelaide||Preliminary Final|
|5||Port Adelaide||Sydney Swans|
|8||Richmond||North Melbourne||Grand Final|
|Elimination Final||Preliminary Final||Hawthorn|
|6||North Melbourne||Semi Final||Hawthorn|