This page is a complete chronological listing of VFL/AFL premiers. The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1989, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football.
The inaugural premiership was awarded as a result of a round-robin finals system; this format was replaced after the first season, and a grand final has been held every season since 1898 to determine the premiers, with the exception of 1924 when a modified round-robin system was used. The formation of a national competition, beginning in 1987, has resulted in the league attempting to develop "an even and stable competition" through a range of equalisation policies, such as a salary cap and draft (introduced in 1985 and 1986, respectively). This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships: since 1990, thirteen clubs have won a premiership, compared with only five clubs between 1967 and 1989.
Three clubs, Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon, have won the most VFL/AFL premierships, with 16 each. Every team currently competing in the Australian Football League, with the exception of Gold Coast, has made a grand final; only Fremantle, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney—three of the competition's four newest teams—are yet to win a premiership.