Top 10 Australian Football League (AFL) Teams

The Top Ten
1 Geelong Cats Based in the city of Geelong, Victoria, this Australian rules football team competes in the AFL. Founded in 1859, they are one of the oldest football clubs in the world and have a successful history with multiple premierships. The team colors are navy and white.

We are Geelong, no excuse. We can scare Bulldogs away. Definitely the best team ever. Even if they did not get the premierships this year, 2018, it doesn't matter because we are going to touch that trophy in 2019. So yeah, ha ha ha, other AFL teams are not. I'm your favorite fan here, Geelong, including my favorite players: Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield, and Gary Ablett. By Miguel. Never forget me.

One of the founding football clubs in the land and has rarely been out of contention for long. Over the past 20 years, its period of near dominance has been impressive. Just think how great this team would have been had Hawthorn not been so good at the same time.

2 West Coast Eagles The West Coast Eagles are an Australian Rules Football team . The Eagles are based in Perth, Western Australia, dawning the colours of navy blue and gold .

Looking at the stats from 1990 to 2018, the Eagles are the most successful now, since the 2018 premiership, followed by Geelong, Hawthorn, and probably Collingwood. Brisbane must be close because of their three in a row, which could have easily been four. Richmond is nowhere near. Blimey, the arrogance of their fans is incredible. They have only won 1 flag in 2017 in the whole of the AFL era, come on. I used to despise Collingwood the most, mainly because of Eddie McGuire, but Richmond is beginning to take their place.

We're simply the best because we're the current AFL Premiers 2018 and the most successful interstate team in the AFL's history. With four premierships and seven Grand Final appearances, only Hawthorn can challenge West Coast's stats since we've been in the competition.

As the AFL, West Coast has featured in more finals series than any other team. We're flying high!

3 Hawthorn Hawks A Melbourne-based AFL team, the Hawthorn Hawks were founded in 1902. The team has a successful history, with numerous premierships, and is known for its skillful play. The team wears brown and gold.

12 Premierships in 54 years, 18 Grand Finals, that is on average a Grand Final every 3 years and a premiership every 4.5 years. 7 Grand Finals in a row from 1983-89 with premierships in '83, '86, '88, and '89, and then we went on to win the premiership in 1991 despite the critics believing we were too old and too slow. Not to mention the most recent 2014 premiership where we were riddled with injuries all season, including Clarko himself, but still found a way to get the job done all year. My favourite quote from last year's season is, "The football gods said not this time, the Hawks didn't listen."

And I guarantee all you doubters that we will be running out on the G on Grand Final day this year. Our best is still the best simply because recent history has shown that a strong offense wins premierships, not a strong defense. CARN HAWKS

4 Sydney Swans An Australian rules football team founded in 1874, the Sydney Swans compete in the Australian Football League (AFL). Originally based in South Melbourne, the team relocated to Sydney in 1982 and has won multiple AFL premierships. The team colors are red and white.

Such a talented roster full of young guns and extremely talented veterans. Swans made the biggest comeback in 2017, starting 0-6 but came back and made finals. No team has ever done that before. 2018 is our year to win the grand final.

Without a doubt. Swans won in 2005 and almost won (1-point margin) in 2006. They won in 2012 and got into the 2013 Grand Final. Only lost in 2016 because of terrible umpiring. Made the best comeback ever in 2017 and even made it to the finals.

They were the easy beats for a while but soon took flight with their win in 2005. As well as a win in 2012, they have spawned dual Brownlow Medalist Adam Goodes and have become a regular finals team for almost two decades. Consistency.

5 Richmond Tigers Based in Melbourne, the Richmond Tigers are an Australian rules football team that participates in the AFL. Established in 1885, the team has won several AFL premierships and is known for its strong fan base. The team's colors are yellow and black.

Were regular grand finalists between 1920 and the mid-1940s but were unsighted again until they became a powerhouse in the late 1960s, winning 4 premierships with one second between 1967 and 1974. Another flag in 1980 but then faded badly until the last few years when they've finally returned to the top of the table.

Every other club wishes they were Richmond. Look at Collingwood, they've been mimicking the Tigers since Jack Dyer was around. Mimicking is the greatest form of flattery, but we don't need it. We prefer to hate.

Haven't had much success for a long time, but the Tigers are real battlers and one of the most heavily supported teams in the AFL with the best club song going. The atmosphere at a Richmond game is electric in the MCG when the Tigers are playing well, and the Richmond roar is one of the loudest in the comp. The Tigers, under new administration and coaching staff, have all the resources they need to once again be a premiership side.

6 Collingwood Magpies A professional Australian rules football team based in Melbourne, Collingwood competes in the Australian Football League (AFL). Founded in 1892, the team has a rich history and is one of the most successful clubs in the league, with multiple premierships to its name. The official colors are black and... read more

Collingwood has won 15 Grand Finals, the third most of all time. Collingwood has been in, I think, 33 or 34 losing Grand Finals, showing they're always up there. A team that in the 2018 season came from nowhere to make a losing Grand Final. And now, in the 2019 season, Collingwood is currently second and will win their next five, probably. What a team, and the question is... How did Richmond get there? And West Coast! West Coast is terrible. Yeah, they beat us but still.

Collingwood has won the second most premierships thus far, being 15 (one behind Essendon and Carlton). Their next premiership victory will have them equal top. However, they have played in more Grand Finals than any other team. The consistency shown to make the Grand Final over their journey alone shows that they are far more superior to the rest of the competition.

7 Essendon Bombers A Melbourne-based team, Essendon competes in the AFL and was founded in 1872. The team has a storied history and is one of the most successful clubs in AFL, with several premierships. The team wears red and black.

Say what you want about the Bombers, but they are a successful unit. 16 premierships, including one of the most dominant seasons ever in 2000. They were nearly unbeatable in 2000, and it took a strong Lions team to trump them a year later. Many legends have come from Windy Hill, and they will continue to "Fly Up".

The oldest team is Melbourne... and saying that Carlton entered the competition is pure rubbish, given Essendon won the first VFL flag in 1897. Still the best team ever (16 premierships) and has consistently gotten more members than Carlton (the only team to tie on most premierships with Essendon).

8 Port Adelaide Power An Australian rules football team representing Port Adelaide, South Australia, this team competes in the AFL. Established in 1870, they are one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Australian football history, with numerous premierships. The team's colors are black, teal, and white.

The most decorated Aussie rules club has a special place in the AFL - a rocky relationship with the league and some up-and-down years. But you can't find a purer, traditional footy club underneath any other AFL franchise as you can with Port.

Controversial choice, but what puts the Power over teams like North and Richmond is their ability to put a young, talented list together almost overnight and even win the odd flag. They are Australia's most successful football club and the AFL's 10th.

Port should be the most successful because of the last years they have had.

9 North Melbourne Kangaroos Also known as the Kangaroos, North Melbourne is another AFL team situated in Melbourne. Established in 1869, the club has captured multiple league titles. It has a robust supporter base and dons royal blue and white stripes.

I go for North Melbourne, and I have never seen North Melbourne win a grand final. North Melbourne is better than Richmond and Adelaide Crows because last year North Melbourne beat Richmond. And North Melbourne beat Adelaide Crows this year, and I am young, only 8. Go Kangaroos!

The last of the Victorian VFL/AFL teams to win a premiership (in 1975), but became one of the strongest teams over the next 25 years. This resulted in 4 flags and 4 runner-up medals, but they were almost always in contention.

North Melbourne is the best by far, in my opinion, because all of my family goes for them, and they're such a great team.

10 Carlton Blues Based in Melbourne, the Carlton Blues are an Australian rules football team that plays in the AFL. Founded in 1864, they are one of the league's original teams and have won multiple premierships. Their team colors are navy blue and white.

2022 was a great year. The last two games were lost due to massive amounts of injuries. 2023 finals, here we come! The best team in the AFL too, and most successful with 16 premierships! Go the Blues!

Won the most premierships (16), one of the most popular, one of the oldest, and one of the 8 starting teams in the first VFL season. Just an overall significant club in the AFL. We've been pretty bad since 2002, but under Brendan Bolton, we could improve and become a real powerhouse again.

16 premierships and counting. Carlton has been a formidable finals force for nearly a century. Although they haven't made a Grand Final since 1999, they still reaped success over the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

The Contenders
11 Adelaide Crows Representing the city of Adelaide, this Australian rules football team competes in the AFL. Founded in 1990, the Adelaide Crows have won multiple premierships and are the first South Australian team to participate in the AFL. Their colors are navy, red, and yellow.

First team to win back-to-back premierships in the AFL, more members than any other club, has the fastest man in the league (Patrick Dangerfield), their home ground is the largest purpose-built Australian Rules football stadium in the world, and they are the pride of South Australia - the mighty Adelaide Crows!

Agree with you, mate. Adelaide has been a great team for just a short period of time and has produced champions of the game in McLeod, Ricciuto, Goodwin, and Hart. Now we have new champions like Kurt Tippett, Patrick Dangerfield, Bernard Vince, Chris Knights, Taylor Walker, and David Mackay, so the future is bright.

12 Western Bulldogs An Australian Football League (AFL) team, the Western Bulldogs are based in Melbourne's inner-western suburbs. Founded in 1877, the team has won multiple AFL premierships and is known for resilience and community engagement. The team's colors consist of red, white, and blue.

The Western Bulldogs are the best because they can bully you, and they won in the grand final. So yeah!

Always been my favorite, and they won the grand final too!

Awesome team. It's been great watching them for years.

13 St. Kilda Saints Representing the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, this Australian rules football team is part of the AFL. Established in 1873, the team has had a mixed record but maintains a dedicated fan base. The team's colors are red, white, and black.

Easily the most legendary and loyal. Our 2009-2010 team stands above all!

St. Kilda is my favorite team. I'm autistic, and growing up, the team I loved was the Saints because they finished top of the ladder when I was 5 and made the grand final that year. We ended up losing to Geelong (I still hate the Cats so much!), but I still stick with the Saints because they were the best team ever.

Saints are a great club with a huge future. Should win the flag in the next 5 years or so. Go Saints!

14 Fremantle Dockers Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, this Australian rules football team is part of the AFL. Founded in 1994, the Dockers are the second team from Western Australia to join the AFL and are known for their passionate supporters. Their colors are purple and white.

I'm writing this as of 2021. My god, we can't win games away from home, yet we're one of the best teams at home.

They are going pretty good this year. It was bad that they lost Barlow.

Best team in the AFL, especially after this year's trade period!

15 Melbourne Demons

People shouldn't be judging this on a team's current situation but on the entire history of the club. Melbourne are the oldest club and had the longest and most complete period of dominance in the history of the game. 2nd in 1954, premiers in 1955, 1956, 1957, 2nd in 1958, premiers in 1959 and 1960. Then another in 1964.

They should be higher even though they sometimes lose. They are the oldest team ever!

Melbourne are probably the only Victorian club that no one seems to dislike.

16 Brisbane Lions This AFL team represents Brisbane, Queensland, and was established in 1996 as a merger of the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears. They quickly found success, winning several premierships in the early 2000s. The team wears maroon, blue, and gold.

Really? Yes. They are in a form slump right now and have lost their coach, but let's not forget their invincibility in the early 2000s. No one could touch them, with legends like Voss, Black, Brown, Acker, and more. They have only been the Brisbane Lions for 16 years and to have four Grand Final appearances, three premierships in a row, three Brownlow medalists, a Coleman medalist, and have a legend coach like Matthews, they deserve fourth place.

Can't consider the Fitzroy record as they are no more Fitzroy than Sydney is South Melbourne. Only been in the competition a fairly short time but have achieved a lot. Their period of dominance in the early 2000s under Matthews was incredible and the envy of all the non-Victorian clubs who have joined the competition since 1990.

17 Greater Western Sydney Giants Founded in 2009, this AFL team is based in Sydney, New South Wales. The team is one of the newest in the league and represents the Greater Western Sydney region. They wear orange, charcoal, and white.
18 Gold Coast Suns Also a relatively new team in the AFL, the Gold Coast Suns represent the Gold Coast, Queensland. Established in 2009, they are known for their young talent and development focus. Their colors are red, gold, and blue.

Not too bad a club. I like the idea of coming to Cairns.

19 Fitzroy Lions
20 Brisbane Bears
21 Melbourne Storm
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