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frequency of premiership wins

The League introduced equalisation policies (salary cap and draft) in the late 1980s

Since then every AFL club has made a preliminary final, except for Gold Coast and G.W. Sydney, which joined the league in 2011 and 2010 respectively.

This has had a significant impact on the spread of premierships.

Eleven clubs won premierships in the eighteen seasons between 1990 and 2007, compared with only five clubs in the twenty-three seasons between 1967 and 1989.

Carlton and Essendon have won the most premierships with 16 each.

Essendon won in 1897 and 1924 without playing in a Grand Final.

This means that Carlton have won the most Grand Finals of any club.

  football club    years in competition premierships runner-up
aa 122
1897 – 2019
16 13
c 120
1897 – 1915 + 1918 – 20119
16 14
aa 122
1897 – 20189
15 26
s 94
1925 – 2019
13 6
d 119
1897 – 1915 + 1919 – 2019
12 5
e 111
1908 – 2019
10 12
d 119
1897 – 1915 + 1917 – 1941 + 1944 – 2019
9 9
f 100
1897 – 1996
8 5
b 120
1897 – 2018
3 12
s 94
1925 – 2019
4 5
b 121
1897 – 2019
2 12
w 22
1997 – 2019
3 4
t 32
1987 – 2019
4 3
u 28
1991 – 2019
2 0
s 29
1990 – 2019
1 1
w 22
1997 – 2019
1 1
g 65
1925 – 1990
1 1
c 120
1897 – 1915 + 1918 – 2019
1 6
v 24
1995 – 2019
0 1
z 7
2012 – 2019
0 0
y 8
2011 – 2019
0 0
x 10
1987 – 1996
0 0
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