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The Carlton Football Club, nicknamed the Blues, is a professional Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded in 1864 in Carlton, an inner suburb of Melbourne, the club competes in the Australian Football League (formerly the Victorian Football League), and was one of the competition's eight founding member clubs in 1897. Its nickname comes from the navy blue colour of its playing uniform.

The club's headquarters and training facilities are located in Carlton at Princes Park, its traditional home ground, and it currently plays its home matches at either Docklands Stadium (currently known as Etihad Stadium) or the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Carlton has historically been one of the AFL's most successful clubs, having won sixteen senior VFL/AFL premierships, equal with Essendon as the most of any club; prior to this, it won six senior premierships, including two in the Victorian Football Association. The club has also fielded a team in the AFL Women's league since its establishment in 2017.

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Irish Gaelic footballer, Setanta O'Hailpin, playing for Carlton FC in 2007

The Carlton Football Club, the Blues, is an Australian Rules Football team that plays in the Australian Football League. It is based in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton. The club began in 1864, and its first home ground was a clearing in Melbourne's Royal Park. In its first season the Blues won only one game out of ten. In 1877, the club joined the Victorian Football Association, and then in 1897 it joined the Victorian Football League as one of its original teams. After using grounds in East Melbourne and Melbourne University, the club moved to its new football ground at Princess Park, Carlton in 1897. In 1908, the club added the letters CFC to its navy blue jumpers. Carlton has won 16 Premierships in the VFL/AFL, the last one was in 1995.

Next Generation Academy

Under the AFL's plan (released in February 2016) to establish club-branded Next Generation Academies across Australia to give all AFL clubs a more active role in junior development, Carlton was allocated the northern metropolitan zone of Melbourne. The academy will be linked to the Preston-based Northern Knights in the TAC Cup system.

AFL Women's team

Carlton was a key cog in the establishment of Women's football in the state of Victoria. In August 1933 the club hosted the first ever VFL/AFL sanctioned match between women's teams, with sides representing Carlton and Richmond. Though Richmond's side was not associated directly with the VFL club of the same name, the Carlton side was picked and trained by the club with VFL players Mickey Crisp and Ray Brew as coaches. The match, played at Carlton's home Princes Park drew an estimated crowd of 10,000 and raised funds as part of a VFL bye-week carnival for The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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The Carlton team is photographed ahead of the first AFL Women's match in February 2017

The club next fielded a women's team more than a decade later when it competed in a 1947 charity exhibition series raising funds in support of food shortages in post-war commonwealth countries. The club's team played multiple matches in multiple series that season including a match against Footscray in July and a subsequent series against Hawthorn, South Melbourne, Template:AFL Stk and Footscray in August 1947.

In June 2016, Carlton was granted a licence to establish and field a team in the eight team AFL Women's league, which is set to stage its inaugural season in February–March 2017. The team will be run and fully integrated within the Carlton Football Club, with football operation overseen by existing Head of Football Andrew McKay. On 30 June 2016, former Western Bulldogs Women's Exhibition Series coach Damien Keeping was announced as the team's inaugural head coach.

The club's Female Football Ambassador, Lauren Arnell, was signed as a priority selection due to her existing relationship with the club. She, along with Marquee players Darcy Vescio and Brianna Davey formed the clubs first signings. A further 19 players were added to the list on 12 October 2016 as part of the league's first draft.

Existing club sponsors Hyundai and Visy committed as sponsors in April 2016 prior to the club being awarded a license.

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