Most Popular AFL TeamsAFL List of the most supported clubs in the AFL. Not by membership (Hawthorn lead), not by club revenue (West Coast lead), but by the number of supporters of each club.
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Original interstate team. Experienced success and a huge amount of finals series. Unlike many other teams, the eagles have never really hit 'rock bottom'.
By far the most supported team and most profitable team for 10 years running. - AFL
Moved from South Melbourne, the Sydney Swans hail from the most populated city in Australia. This means they have a lot of followers. And although the swans don't have as 'die hard' fans as the eagles or magpies, they do have a lot of them. - AFL
Collingwood without a doubt have the most supporters, followed by Richmond.
Most popular Victorian club still, although their membership numbers are falling due to missing finals 3 years in a row - AFL
Unbelievably, Richmond is still one of the most popular teams in the league. The historical club from punt road has won 1 final in 20 years, and with a whole generation passing, they are still the 4th most popular club in the AFL - AFL
The pride of south Australia. The crows pull in the highest average home crowds to their games (2016), soon to be overtaken by west coast upon the arrival of Perth Stadium in 2018. - AFL
Most successful club in recent history, but hard to support a team with such ugly colours.
Hawthorn are the 6th most popular, but have also taken the mantle from collingwood as the most hated club in AFL history. The 2nd team of an AFL fan is who is versing hawthorn. - AFL
West Coast's little brother. Fremantle due to its culture and colours is the most popular team amongst female AFL supporters. For the 4th youngest team in the league, the dockers do well with fans. - AFL
Similarly to Fremantle, the power are the little brother of the Adelaide Crows. However unlike the dockers and eagles, the power has developed such a strong culture and rivalry that at times, it has been well and truly ahead of the crows as the most popular South Australian team.
The power do very well for a 18 year old footy club - AFL
Carlton are arguably THE historical heavyweights of the AFL. Their logo, jumper, club song and culture hasn't changed one bit in 100 years of history. They are, overall, the equal most successful club with 16 premierships but are currently one of the worst teams in the league. - AFL
Carlton 2.0. Essendon are the other historical heavyweight based on culture and tradition. And the only other side with the most, 16 premierships. despite just ending the clubs darkest time in history in 2016, essendon have remained up the ranks as an established and supported AFL team. - AFL
Historically a very strong club, perhaps the only reason for a 'lacking' supporter base is the fact that the saints have only won 1 premiership, a long, long time ago. The hidden saints fans are waiting for success to resurface. - AFL
Based out of the small city of Geelong, the cats have been the best and most consistent AFL team of the last 10 years, winning 3 premierships and a 4th (2008) premiership stolen from them. - AFL
Originally the Footscray Bulldogs, they have been a rather unsuccessful team in the past 60 years, with their last premiership, however this, and their supporter base can all change and grow depending on the 2016 AFL Grand Final, where they face the Sydney Swans to make a historic premiership from 7th position on the ladder. - AFL
A once popular team, with the support of a largely rugby orientated state, the lions are experiencing one of the lowest points in any clubs history. Consistently getting belted week after week, year after year, for the last 8 years in a row. - AFL
A team that theoretically should be THE most popular team in the game, dawning the name and location of the home of football that is Melbourne. The demons are the original AFL team, alongside geelong, however ever since 2006, they have been helplessly bad, glimpses of hope in 2016, however, show a positive revival of the club for its future. - AFL
Started in 2012, the giants spent their first 4 years as a club getting bashed up by the big boys. However now, just post being knocked out of a preliminary final in 2016, are STRONG favourites for not just the 2017 flag, but to win multiple premierships in a row. Due to the AFL's drafting system handed to the Giants by fortune, the team of Western Sydney could build an unmatched and unrivalled dynasty of an AFL team. - AFL
Similar to the Giants at first hand, starting 1 year prior in 2011. However, the suns have had all aspects of their football development fall face first, with the highest amount of injuries by any sports team ever over the last 3 seasons, and a team expected to have to undergo a 2nd rebuild in the last 5 years. - AFL
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List StatsUpdated 25 Sep 2016
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