AFL Sydney History

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Image courtesy of NSW Australian Football History Society.


Australian Rules football has been played in Sydney since 1881.

Following a brief hiatus between the years of 1894 and 1902, a competition named the ‘NSW Australian Football Association’ was formed in 1903.

In 1980 the ‘NSW Australian Football Association’ became known as the ‘Sydney Football League’, and was then renamed the ‘Sydney AFL’ in 1998.

In 2009, the league became known as ‘AFL Sydney’, as it is known today.

XBlades AFL Sydney consists of ten leagues including six Men’s divisions, two Women’s divisions, and two Under 19s Men’s divisions.

In 2017, the XBlades AFL Sydney competition hosts 26 clubs represented by 100 registered teams, across all divisions.

In 2018 XBlades AFL Sydney will be celebrating 115 years of senior football in Sydney, since the ‘NSW Australian Football Association’ was formed in 1903.

For more information regarding the history of AFL in Sydney, please visit the NSW Australian Football History Society website.