Since the inception of the original Victorian Football Association in 1877, the majority of Australian rules competitions around the nation have operated using a home-and-away seasonal method of determining finalists, all of which compete for a local or national premiership. This is the process employed by the highest tiered Australian football competition, the Australian Football League (AFL); with each home-and-away season running from late February to late-August, the sixteen league teams compete for a position within the final eight on the premiership ladder, and the teams ultimately make the eight go on to play into September during finals month, which climaxes on the final Saturday in September with the AFL Grand Final, staged to determine the premier for the seasonal year.

During each season, a number of awards are given to either clubs or professionals within the league for a number of different accomplishments, the single most prestigous for a single player being the Brownlow Medal, presented to the season's 'best-and-fairest'. Further awards are those such as the Coleman Medal (presented to players who kicked the most goals during the home-and-away season), the minor premiership (given to the team who topped the ladder at the end of the regular season), as well as media awards such as the goal and mark of the year, with further club awards handed out by teams at the end of the regular season to certain individuals within the club following the end of the home-and-away season.

AFL Seasons
# Premier Minor Premier Wooden Spoon Brownlow Medalist Coleman Medalist
1990 Collingwood Essendon Brisbane Bears Tony Libertore
John Longmire
(98 Goals)
1991 Hawthorn West Coast Eagles Brisbane Bears Jim Stynes
Tony Lockett
(118 Goals)
1992 West Coast Eagles Geelong Sydney Scott Wynd
Jason Dunstall
(139 Goals)
1993 Essendon Essendon Sydney Gavin Wanganeen
Gary Ablett Snr.
(124 Goals)
1994 West Coast Eagles West Coast Eagles Sydney Greg Williams
Gary Ablett Snr.
(113 Goals)
1995 Carlton Carlton Fitzroy Paul Kelly
Gary Ablett Snr.
(118 Goals)
1996 North Melbourne Sydney Swans Fitzroy James Hird
Michael Voss
(Brisbane Bears)
Tony Lockett
(114 Goals)
1997 Western Bulldogs St Kilda Melbourne Robert Harvey
(St Kilda)
Tony Modra
(81 Goals)
1998 Western Bulldogs Western Bulldogs Collingwood Tony Libertore
(Western Bulldogs)
Tony Lockett
(110 Goals)
1999 Western Bulldogs Essendon Collingwood Ben Cousins
(West Cost Eagles)
Scott West
(Western Bulldogs)
Tony Lockett
(98 Goals)
2000 Essendon Essendon Fremantle Michael Voss
(Brisbane Bears)
Matthew Lloyd
(91 Goals)
2001 Port Adelaide Hawthorn N/A N/A N/A
2002 Adelaide Port Adelaide N/A N/A N/A
2003 Sydney Swans Port Adelaide  N/A N/A N/A
2004 West Coast Eagles West Coast Eagles N/A N/A N/A
2005 Carlton Carlton N/A N/A N/A
2006 Western Bulldogs Carlton N/A N/A Brad Johnson
(79 Goals)
2007 Brisbane Lions Richmond N/A N/A N/A
2008 Richmond Richmond N/A N/A N/A
2009 Western Bulldogs Richmond N/A N/A N/A
2010 Western Bulldogs Richmond Gold Coast Gary Ablett Jr.
2011 Richmond Richmond N/A N/A N/A
2012 West Coast Eagles West Coast Eagels Gold Coast N/A N/A
2013 West Coast Eagles Geelong N/A N/A N/A

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