The 2000 AFL Premiership season was the 104th annual season of the VFL/AFL league contested between the sixteen teams of the competition. Staged to determine the 2000 premiership, it was won by the minor premier Essendon in one of the most dominant seasons of all time.
Just prior to the start of the preseason, Richmond (and former Geelong) star Gary Ablett announced his official retirement after a serious patella fracture which had not properly healed over the long break, leaving him unable to play.
Prior to the beginning of the season, North Melbourne official changed its club name to simply the "Kangaroos", emulating Footscray's change to the "Western Bulldogs".
Midway through the regular season, then bottom feeder Carlton sacked coach Peter Knights before appointing former Essendon half-back and assistant coach to Knights, Mark Thompson, to temporarily coach the side. Under "Bomber" Thompson, Carlton managed to win the final five games of the season, lifting them to 11th on the ladder.
Essendon's preseason and regular season premierships are the last time a team 'doubled' during the professional year until West Coast in 2012.
Furthermore, Essendon's 21 wins during the home-and-away rounds (and 24 wins including the finals) are an unbeaten record, and one of the best in VFL/AFL history.
Due to Australia's hosting of the 2000 Summer Olympics, the dates for the home-and-away rounds, finals series, along with the grand final, had to be pulled back by almost a month.
The McIntyre Final Eight System which had operated from 1994 to 1999 was replaced with the 'Amended Final Eight' system which continues to operate to this day.
Essendon became the final Victorian team to win a premiership until Carlton in 2005.
With such a prolific home-and-away win-loss record, Essendon finished on top of the AFL ladder at season's end, two games clear of the second placed Western Bulldogs, their minor premiership being the 16th in club history.
Fremantle (under former Richmond and Brisbane coach John Northey) finished the season at the bottom of the ladder with a 4 win, 18 loss season, therefore 'winning' the wooden spoon.
After kicking 91 goals during the home-and-away season, Essendon full forward Matthew Lloyd ended his regular season with the Coleman medal for most prolific goalscorer, adding 13 more during Essendon's final campaign.
For the second time in his career, Michael Voss of the Brisbane Lions finished his season with the Brownlow medal for being the 'best-and-fairest' on ground during the home-and-away season.