First AFLFA Forum: AFL Fans reveal what they love about footy and what needs improving


The below is from the AFL Fans Association, who hosted their first AFL Fan Forum – Fans reveal what they love about footy and what needs improving:



Grassroots fans revealed what they love about AFL footy and what they think needs improving at the first AFL Fans Association Fan Forum.


Issues raised included rule changes, the allocation of Grand Final tickets, ticketing generally, the game day experience and fan behaviour.


The 24 June Forum at Richmond Football Club’s Maurice Rioli Room attracted a range of fans from different clubs with numerous fans also participating by email.


AFLFA President Gerry Eeman says the Forum was a valuable opportunity to listen to a wide range of fans, whose views have been distilled in a report for the AFL and the wider football community.


“The Forum provided a great opportunity for fans tell us what they love about footy, what connects them to the game and what issues they feel needed addressing such as scheduling, Grand Final ticketing, gambling ads and disability access,” Gerry says.


“The Forum report, which will be provided to the AFL, is an important document that we hope officials will take on board. The material is derived from ‘grass roots’ fans and encompasses a wide range of views.”


Victorian Women’s Trust Executive Director Mary Crooks AO helped organise the Forum and attended with AFLFA patron Susan Alberti AC, AFL General Manager Football Operations Steve Hocking and Richmond President Peggy O’Neal, who donated the venue and welcomed attendees.


Susan and AFL football operations manager Steve Hocking also spoke and told fans they were important AFL stakeholders.


The full Forum report can be found on the AFLFA website. Click here to view the report.


For more information on the Forum or the AFLFA you can contact the AFLFA on email at: [email protected] or [email protected].






  1. Rabid Dog says

    99% of the comments I could’ve written myself. It’s great and reassuring to see just how the ‘average’ football fan and i think about the game and its problems. Bet those bastards that run the game won’t act upon anything though.

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