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AFL Grand Final
2018 AFL Grand Final panorama.jpg
Panorama of the Melbourne Cricket Ground prior to the 2018 AFL Grand Final
Other names VFL Grand Final, "the Granny"
Sport Australian rules football
Locale Melbourne, Victoria
First meeting 24 September 1898
Latest meeting 24 October 2020
Stadiums Melbourne Cricket Ground (all but ten occasions)
Meetings total 125
Most wins Carlton (16)

The AFL Grand Final is an annual Australian rules football match, staged to determine the premiers for that year's Australian Football League (AFL) season. From its inception until 1989, it was known as the VFL Grand Final, and the league as the Victorian Football League. Played at the end of the finals series, the game has been held almost annually since 1898. It is traditionally staged on the afternoon of the last Saturday in September, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.

The game has become significant to Melburnian culture, spawning a number of traditions and surrounding activities, which have grown in popularity nationally since the interstate expansion of the Victorian Football League to become the Australian Football League in the 1980s and 1990s. According to the 2006 Sweeney Sports Report, the AFL Grand Final has become Australia's most important sporting event, with the largest attendance, metropolitan television audience and overall interest of any annual event.

The club which wins the grand final wins the premiership for the current season, and receives the AFL's premiership cup and premiership flag; all players in the winning team receive a gold premiership medallion. The best player on the ground receives the Norm Smith Medal.

As of the end of 2020, a total of 125 grand finals have been played, including three grand final replays. The Carlton Football Club has won 16 grand finals, the most of any club; the Essendon Football Club has also won 16 premierships, but only 14 in grand finals. The Collingwood Football Club has appeared in the most grand finals, a total of 44 for 15 wins; and has also won the most consecutive grand finals, with four between 1927 and 1930. Every present day club has played in at least one grand final, with the exception of the 2011 expansion club Gold Coast.

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