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This game had a role in the formation of Australian rules football. The name was given to the traditional games played at gatherings of up to fifty players, played over an extremely large area.
This connection has become culturally important to many people, including celebrities and professional footballers from communities in which Australian rules football is highly popular.
Game Ball: Gunditjmara language
Founded as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association, with its inaugural season commencing in 1897.
In 1896, South Melbourne and Collingwood finished the season with an identical win-loss record and the VFA ordered a play off to determine the premiers. On the eve of what was the first grand final representatives of leading VFA clubs met and agreed to establish a new competition, the Victorian Football League, the following season.
The competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.
It is the pre-eminent professional competition and features 18 teams spread over five of Australia's six states.
It is the nation's wealthiest sporting body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game with the advice of the AFL's Laws of the Game Committee.