AFL Grand Final Friday 2018 — September 28

On the final Friday of September

Thank god it’s AFL Grand Final Friday! A nation full of footy crazed fans begins to celebrate its most popular sporting event on September 28. On the final Friday of the month, at midday, a spectacular parade in Melbourne kicks off the Australian Football League Final that actually take place the next day. It’s a public holiday in Victoria and the parade is a real crowd puller. Fans line the streets to watch players, mascots, marching bands, and other entertainers.

AFL Grand Final Friday - History

2006
Declared Most Popular By Sweeney

The Sweeney Sports Report concludes that AFL is the most popular sport in Australia with the largest attendance and TV audience.

1990
Name Of The League Changes To AFL

With the change in name, the competition begins including football teams from all the states in Australia.

1897
VFL Holds The First Tournament

The Victorian Football League, which later becomes AFL, holds the first round robin tournament among four teams.

1825
First National Celebration

Ratified by the conventions of 1822 and 1824, it's celebrated by the nation for the first time.

AFL Grand Final Friday Activities

1. Watch the parade at midday
First come first served so find the best seats by getting to the parade early. It starts at Old Treasury Building and ends at Yarra Park.

2. Wear the colors of your team
Don’t just turn up for the parade but get into the game! Wear your team’s jersey, or beanie, paint your face or wear a mask. Today is all about the fans.

3. Gear up for the final on Saturday
The three Fs — footy, food, and friends make the perfect backdrop for the most epic game day face off. Let's play ball!

5 Things Only Ballers Know About The AFL

1. Footy was invented by cricketers

We’re bowled over by the fact that three cricketers invented this game as a way to stay fit in cold weather. Wow!

2. Some of the oldest football leagues are Down Under

Melbourne and Geelong are two of the oldest — formed in the 19th century.

3. It's all sorts of sports, actually

Australian rules football or footy has been influenced by soccer, rugby, and even by a traditional Aboriginal ball game called Marngrook.

4. Nobody likes winning the wooden spoon

Nope! Not even when it’s imaginary. The team that finishes last is awarded an imaginary wooden spoon. Eat your shame!

5. The game has been often stopped by streakers and a pig

Yes, you heard right! A pig inside the grounds once brought the game to a temporary halt. Snort!

Why We Love AFL Grand Final Friday

A. AFL Football is number one
The AFL Grand Final attracts larger crowds than any other sport in the nation.

B. You can watch the parade and see your favorite team
Marching bands, a colorful motorcade, participating players, and roving entertainers. What’s not to love about this parade?

C. Grand Final Eve is a holiday
And residents of Victoria love their holidays just like anybody else. Time to mingle and throw a prawn on the barbie.

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