Australianfootball.com (AF) is an ambitious attempt to create a comprehensive online home for the history, culture, and stats of the great Australian game.
The site showcases a wide range of footy-related content, including profiles of significant players, clubs, and matches, previously published newspaper and magazine pieces (which we have permission to reproduce), current and historical match reports, specially-commissioned articles on key topics, lists, stats, and indeed anything else which falls under the rubric of ‘Australian football’.
The site will also tap into the rich vein of knowledge possessed by footy fans across the country (and the world) by creating a community of interest and providing them with a platform to write, share research, comment or otherwise contribute to the corpus of footy knowledge.
Our motto is not to indulge in the 24-hour news cycle but to celebrate the longer continuum that is the game of Australian football. Anything that achieves that goal and in so doing informs, enlightens, entertains, or otherwise adds to the body of footy knowledge and appreciation will be considered for publication on AF.
The themes informing the editorial direction of australianfootball.com are threefold, namely that:
The Australian game of football is just that, Australian, and as such needs to be understood through the lens of all the states, territories, and communities that play the game;
The game was created and codified in the late 1850s (notwithstanding possible antecedents), and that due recognition be given to the early history of football and the pioneers who developed it, and
The game, and its history, should not belong to any particular group or organization—it’s the people’s game and should be acknowledged as such.
Notwithstanding the self-imposed goal of comprehensiveness, this site is, and will remain, a work in progress. An endeavour such as this can never really be complete, and gaps will always remain. Filling those gaps is not a matter of will – we want to include as much as we can – but the limitations of time and resources mean that we will need the help of the footy public if we are to attain the goal of completeness, or at least get as close as practically possible.
Whether that is in the form of contributing content, enhancing current content through comments and suggestions, making available fresh primary source material, or alerting us to typos, errors of fact, or other site problems, there are many ways that footy fans can become involved in this endeavour.
For those wishing to become involved at any level, you are cordially invited to become a member of the australianfootball.com community.
I appreciate your time and look forward to your support.
Founder & Editor-at-Large, australianfootball.com