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…
Indigenous children who participate in AFL have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
Much has been written about success of Indigenous players at elite levels of the game. But perhaps the more important story is one of Indigenous participation in grass roots and community football.
Heritier Lumumba describes his experience of racism at Collingwood Football Club in Fair Game.
Héritier Lumumba played for Collingwood Football Club until 2014, where his teammates called him "Chimp". His experience mirrors that of many other black men in Australia, particularly in the workplace.
The Australian cricketers’ refusal to work is a potent form of player power, however the potential benefits may be illusory.
Professional sports is bucking major trends in industrial relations, such as a marked decline in both union membership and industrial disputes over recent decades.
Sydney’s Lance Franklin is a popular choice for many fantasy AFL coaches.
Fantasy sports began as a niche hobby for statistically inclined sports fanatics. But, with the internet, it has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Indigenous children depicted in an etching playing the game of marngrook, which some have claimed inspired the game of Australian rules.
The revival of the idea of Indigenous influence on the origins of Australian rules football diverts attention from another, much more uncomfortable story about Indigenous relationships to football.
Being a footy fan is about more than just supporting a team.
More and more, the culture of elite, professional footy is characterised by commercialisation and corporatisation.
Methods used to get athletes to their peak would be unacceptable outside of the stadium, but success papers over a lot of cracks.
Before the AFL, there was the much better, much cooler, much more local SANFL.
Footy isn’t just the dominant spectator sport and topic of conversation in South Australia. It’s a salve.
Tennis player Andy Murray employs former great Ivan Lendl as his coach.
Just because you were good at sport does not mean you can coach without furthering your qualifications and experiences.
The Carlton ladies football team, 1933.
Leader, August 19, 1933
There has so far been scant understanding of – or credit given to – the historical background to the creation of the AFL women's league.
Some professional players find it difficult to change their routine to adjust to other careers when they retire.
Research shows there are some common struggles among those who retire from being professional athletes but players can be successful in careers after sport.
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Establishing unique voices from various female perspectives will help create a united front on issues of specific female concern.
Sport remains the most evocative public demonstration of difference between the sexes, so its importance to feminist politics cannot be neglected.
Football figure James Hird is recovering following a suspected drug overdose last week.
Finding a balance between providing information on public figures like James Hird and minimising harm often is a delicate pickle for journalists.
Even though the AFL has tried to gather support in the northern states its viewership is still in the codes’ heartland.
TV ratings for the NRL and AFL grand finals show its still a challenge to engage a national broadcast audience that covers non-traditional areas.
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
Susan Alberti (left) and Debbie Lee were pivotal to the formation of the national women’s AFL competition.
Melbourne Football Club
Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Whichever way you look at it, Australian rules football makes a clear difference for the better in people’s lives.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.