The AFL quickly aborted the deployment of Behavioural Awareness Officers to monitor unruly fans. But who should be making sure spectators don’t get out of control?
Barracking has been a colourful and controversial part of Australian Rules football since the game's inception. Now, the AFL is trying to maintain order – and fans are irate.
Junior sports clubs in Australia have policies in place for handling racial taunting and vilification, but punishments are rarely enforced.
New research has found that racial vilification is a common occurrence in junior sport in Australia – and is rarely punished when it happens.
The Lake Tyers football team in the late 1930s. The club was incredibly successful, winning the East Gippsland League in 1934, 1938 and 1939.
Colin and Paul Tatz, Black Pearls: The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Hall of Fame
With the AFL's indigenous round about to take place, it's important to recognise the full history of Indigenous involvement in the sport, including the many obstacles players faced.
West Coast Eagles forward Liam Ryan copped racist abuse online after the opening round of the AFL season.
Online trolling is a workplace health and safety issue. The AFL must expose and sanction those responsible – anything less would not only be morally debatable, but also legally questionable.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the cusp of becoming the player with the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history. Tens of millions of viewers around the the world will be watching.
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Foreign interest in American football tells us a lot about what is happening to sport in the 21st century.
Sports terms are no longer restricted to the playing field – many have become a part of our everyday parlance.
Ever wonder where the words 'sport', 'umpire' and 'drubbing' come from? Here's a short primer of sporting lingo ahead of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals.
While watching this weekend’s AFL Grand Final between West Coast and Collingwood, listen out for ‘action’ and ‘digression’ in the commentary.
Like epic poets, AFL commentators improvise in short phrases, not sentences, because it creates vivid images of fast action.
Clayton Oliver has opened up about the pressure he felt to lose weight in order to play in the AFL.
Until the league stops pressuring players over their weight, token measures to address mental health concerns will have a limited impact.
West Coast player Andrew Gaff received an eight-week suspension for punching Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw last weekend.
Given the legal issues that could arise from Gaff's punch on Andrew Brayshaw, it is time the AFL reviewed its policies.
Spirits were high when the Socceroos qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but the team’s chances in Russia are slim.
Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
The Gold Coast Suns train in Shanghai ahead of their clash with Port Power this weekend.
Sport has a history of providing opportunities for détente, or at least discussion - and there's every chance the AFL's latest venture to China could do just that.
Indigenous Australians – just on 3% of the population – comprise at least 10%, and generally 12%, of elite footballers.
Where else but on the sports field can an under-educated and even a troubled Aboriginal youth achieve celebrity status and social mobility?
Former Carlton player Andrew Walker was reportedly able to resume playing regional football after PPS treatment.
While PPS is approved in oral capsule form to treat bladder inflammation, it is not yet approved as in injection for knee and bone problems. But AFL players have been given special access.
Former Brisbane Lions footballer Michael Close suffered a serious knee injury during a game at Etihad Stadium.
Michael Close's lawsuit raises questions about the legal liabilities of sporting clubs, venues and organisations.
2017 inaugural AFLW best and fairest, and Adelaide Crows premiership player Erin Phillips.
Elite female athletes are leaving their chosen sport to pursue a career in AFLW. But what skills do they possess that allow them to be successful footballers with limited AFL experience?
The English Premier League is still popular despite being lopsided.
Many sports leagues have salary caps and drafts to maintain competition, but they not only hurt players but aren't that effective at keeping fans.
Drafting Alex Rance is just one of the spectacular draft choices Richmond has made in recent years.
Research shows that a few AFL teams have had much more success at drafting players than others. Richmond's recent premiership was in part build on good draft choices.
Eight teams will take to the field for the second AFLW season – but transgender woman Hannah Mouncey will not be among them.
The decision to exclude transgender woman Hannah Mouncey from the AFLW may breach anti-discrimination law, and contradicts the AFL’s public position of embracing diversity and inclusivity.
Robbie ‘Bones’ McGhie after playing in the 1973 Grand Final, in which his team, Richmond, won.
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Football has changed dramatically in the 35 years since Richmond last had a chance at the Grand Final. But while footy is now 'an industry', the arrival of the first women's league is to be celebrated.
There is an old adage that sport should be separate from politics. The same-sex marriage debate in Australia has revived that view, as many sport bodies have publicly advocated a position on the matter…