Victorian Amateur Football Association

Victorian Amateur Football Association

The Victorian Amateur Football Association is an Australian rules football league in Victoria, Australia consisting purely of amateur players. Unlike the Victorian Football League and the VFL/AFL, the VAFA has always been strictly a purely amateur league.

The league is the largest amateur league in Australia and widely regarded as the best amateur Aussie Rules league in the world. The league consists of 7 senior divisions (with each club fielding a firsts and reserves team) and multiple Under 19 divisions.

The league's administration base is at Elsternwick Park, a former Victorian Football Association stadium in suburban Elsternwick, Victoria that was home to the now defunct Brighton Football Club. It has a small grandstand and capacity for around 15,000 spectators.

Crowds during home and away matches are modest in comparison to the professional leagues, however Grand Finals for each division often attract as many spectators as the Victorian Football League Grand Finals.

In addition there are also three Club XVIII divisions, primarily made up of either clubs only able to field one team, or clubs from higher divisions that can field a third team after their seniors and reverves. The league operates a promotion and relegation system between divisions with various rules dictating which division clubs can play in.

Many of the clubs are private school based where by the 'old boys' from the school generally play.

The reigning premiers for the A Section are St Bedes/Mentone Tigers.


The league began in 1892 as the Metropolitan Junior Football Association.


Year A Section B Section C Section D1 Section D2 Section D3 Section D4 Section

2008 ST Bede's-Mentone Tigers Marcellin Old Collegians Ormond Bulleen-Templestowe Werribee AFC Williamstown CYMS West Brunswick
2007 Old Xaverians ST Bede's-Mentone Tigers Old Camberwell Grammarians Oakleigh South Melbourne Dist. Old Westbourne UHS-VU
2006 Old Haileyburians Collegians ST Bede's-Mentone Tigers Old Carey Oakleigh South Melboure Dist. Powerhouse
2005 Old Xaverians Old Ivanhoe Grammarians University Blacks Fitzroy Reds Old Geelong Grammarians St Johns Old Collegians Elsternwick
2004 University Blues St Kevins Old Boys MHSOB University Blacks Bulleen-Templestowe Oakleigh Old Westbourne
2003 Old Xaverians De La Salle Old Collegians Beaumaris Monash Blues Fitzroy Reds Swinburn University UHS-VU
2002 St Bernard's Old Collegians Old Melburnians Whitefriars Old Collegians St Leo's Emmaus WP Yarra Valley Old Boys West Brunswick Rupertswood
2001 Marcellin Old Collegians Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Hampton Rovers Old Camberwell Grammarians Mentone Amateurs Fitzroy Reds Syndal Tally Ho
2000 Old Xaverians Mazenod Old Collegians Therry Penola Caufield Grammarians Powerhouse South Melbourne Dist.

Year A Section B Section C Section D Section

1999 Old Xaverians Old Trinity Whitefriars Old Collegians A.J.A.X.
1998 Old Xaverians Marcellin Old Collegians Hampton Rovers Whitefriars Old Collegians
1997 Old Xaverians Old Brighton Marcellin Old Collegians Beaumaris
1996 Old Xaverians Old Trinity St Kevin's Old Boys Monash Blues
1995 Old Xaverians Old Haileyburians Old Ivanhoe Hampton Rovers
1994 Old Melbournians Old Trinity Grammarians St Kilda South Caulfield Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
1993 Collegians Old Melburnians Mazenod Old Collegians St Bede's Mentone Tigers
1992 Collegians Old Trinity Grammarians Fawkner Mazenod Old Collegians
1991 De La Salle O.C. St Bernard's Old Collegians Whitefriars Old Collegians MHSOB

Current Clubs

As of 2008, the 7 senior divisions were structured as follows:

A Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Collegians Football Club Lions Albert Park, Victoria Harry Trott Oval Andrew Kenneally Official Site 1892 1892
De La Salle Old Collegians East Malvern, Victoria Waverley Park Ben Corin David Madigan Official Site 1955 1955
Marcellin Old Collegians Eagles Bulleen, Victoria Oval 1, Marcellin College Murray Browne Official Site 1971 1971
Old Brighton Grammarians Tonners Brighton, Victoria Brighton Beach Oval J.Perrett/L.Hendra Greg McLoughlin Official Site 1957 1957
Old Essendon Grammarians East Keilor, Victoria Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School Adam Edwards & Rodney Callahan
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians Ivanhoe, Victoria Chelsworth Park B.Thompson Daniel Winkel Official Site 1964 1964
Old Scotch Cardinals Camberwell, Victoria Camberwell Sports Ground W.Lewis Peter Banfield Official Site 1921 1921
Old Xaverians Old Xavs Armadale, Victoria Toorak Park Tim Ockleshaw Barry Richardson Official site 1926 1926
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers Football Club Tigers Mentone, Victoria Mentone Reserve Luke Wintle Luke Beveridge Official site 1972 1972
University Blues Blues Parkville, Victoria Melbourne Uni, Main Oval John Kanis Official Site 1928 1928

B Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Old Camberwell Grammarians North Balwyn, Victoria Gordon Barnard Reserve Anthony Allen Official Site
Old Carey Grammarians Bulleen, Victoria Main Oval (Dunshea), Carey Sports Complex Cameron Matthews Official Site
Old Haileyburians Bloods McKinnon, Victoria McKinnon Reserve Jamie Shanahan Official Site
Old Melburnians St Kilda, Victoria Junction Oval Russell Morris Official Site
Old Trinity Grammarians Bulleen, Victoria Daley Oval A.Cultera Brett Chandler Official site
Ormond Amateur Football Club Monders Ormond, Victoria E.E. Gunn Reserve Simon Keleher Russell Barnes Official Site 1931
St Bernards Old Collegians West Essendon, Victoria St Bernards College Simon Madden Official Site
St Kevins Old Boys Skevs Righetti Oval Michael Duggan Official Site
University Blacks Blacks Parkville, Victoria Melbourne Uni, Main Oval Mark Woolnough Michael Rizio Official Site

C Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
AJAX Football Club Jackas Main Oval, Elsternwick Park Stuart Powell Official Site
Bulleen-Templestowe Football Club Bullants Bulleen, Victoria Ted Ajani Reserve David Matthews Official Site 1975 1975
Caulfield Grammarians North Caufield, Victoria Glenhuntly Oval Gary Colling Official Site
Beaumaris Football Club Sharks Beaumaris, Victoria Jason Mifsud Official Site
Mazenod Old Collegians Nodders Glen Waverley, Victoria Central Reserve, Glen Waverley Ben Robertson Official Site
Melbourne High School Old Boys South Yarra, Victoria Melbourne High School Trent Pitts Official Site
Monash Blues Blues Clayton, Victoria Main Oval, Monash University Andrew McGregor Official Site
Oakleigh Amateur Football Club Krushers Oakleigh, Victoria W.A. Scammell Reserve David Gately Official Site
Old Geelong Como Park Adrian Farrer Official Site
Parkdale Vultures Vultures Parkdale, Victoria Gerry Green Reserve Steve Kennedy Official Site

D1 Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Aquinas Old Collegians Ringwood, Victoria Aquinas College Michael Glassborow Official Site 1987 1987
Emmaus St Leo's Old Collegians Football Club Burwood, Victoria Bennettswood Sports Ground Ben Pilley Official Site 1992 1992
Fitzroy Reds Football Club Reds Fitzroy, Victoria Brunswick Street Oval James Taylor Official Site 1955
North Old Boys/St Pats Brunswick, Victoria Alec Gillon Oval Terry Scanlon Official Site 1963
Old Mentonians Keysborough, Victoria Mentone Grammar Playing Fields J Costello Ben McGee Official Site
Prahran Football Club TwoBlues Toorak, Victoria Toorak Park Paul Greenham
Rupertswood Football Club Sunbury, Victoria Salesian College Shane McLauchlan Official Site
South Melbourne Districts Football Club Bloods
Werribee Amateur Football Club
Whitefriars Old Collegians Friars Bulleen, Victoria Koonung Reserve Greg Feutrill Official Site 1986 1986

D2 Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Banyule Amateur Football Club Bears Heidelberg, Victoria R.J. Brockwell Oval Phiv Demetriou Official Site
Glen Eira Amateur Football Club Official Site
Eltham Old Collegians Turtles Research, Victoria Eltham College John Galvin Jonathon Garrard Official Site 1986 1986
Ivanhoe Assumption Football Club
Old Paradians Raiders Bundoora, Victoria Garvey Oval, Parade College Mark Spinoso Official site
Old Westbourne Truganina, Victoria Westbourne School Ground C Lever Fab Gatti Official site
Peninsula Old Boys
Therry Penola Old Boys Lions Oak Park, Victoria JP Fawkner Reserve D Madden
Williamstown CYMS
Yarra Valley Old Boys Bushrangers Park Orchards, Victoira Domeney Reserve Chris Beal Kevin Barnes Official Site

D3 Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Bentleigh Football Club Bentleigh, Victoria Official Site
Elsternwick Football Club Wickers Elsternwick, Victoria Oval No 2, Elsternwick Park Dennis Grace Official Site 1906
Hawthorn Amateur Football Club
Monash Gryphons Gryphons Official Site
Powerhouse Football Club Official Site
St Francis Xavier Football Club Beaconsfield, Victoria St Francis Xavier College C Van Dam Justin Pearson 2007 2007
St Johns Old Collegians
St Marys/Salesain Football Club Saints Glen Iris, Victoria Ferndale Reserve Official Site 2008 2008
University High School-Victoria University Football Club Vultures Parkville, Victoria Brens Oval Lucas Gorringe Scott Whyte Official Site 1932 1933
West Brunswick Football Club Magpies Parkville, Victoria McAlister Oval Richard Peoples Official Site 1936

D4 Section

Club Nickname Location Home Ground Captain Coach Web Page Formed Joined League
Albert Park Football Club Falcons Albert Park, Victoria Beaurepaire Pavilion Nathan Dallas Official Site 1954
Box Hill North Football Club Demonds Box Hill North, Victoria Elger Park Dan Penny Peter Armstrong Official Site 1983 2002
Bulleen Cobras Football Club Cobras Bulleen, Victoria Koonung Park Ben Cookson Laurie Zerafa Official Site 1996 1996
Eley Park Football Club Sharks Box Hill, Victoria Whitehorse Reserve C Cresswell Jason Broadbear Official Site 1992
Kew Football Club Bears Kew, Victoria J.J. Higgins Reserve David Witchell Official Site 1949
La Trobe University Football Club Bundoora, Victoria Main Oval La Trobe University Dean Sheldrick Official Site 1967 1970
Mount Lilydale Old Collegians Football Club Mounties Lilydale, Victoria Mt Lilydale Mercy College Sporting Ovals Matt Rhodes Nathan Pearce 1997 1997
North Brunswick Football Club Brunswick, Victoria Allard Park Joe D’Angelo Official Site 1971
Richmond Central Football Club Snakes Richmond, Victoria Kevin Bartlet Reserve D Speakman Danny Hickey Official Site 1987 1987
South Mornington Football Club Tigers Mount Martha, Victoria Citation Oval A Hume Sein Clearihan 2007
Swinburne University Football Club Razorbacks Hawthorn, Victoria St. James Park C Walsh Mel Dell'Olio Official Site 1995 1995
Syndal-Tally Ho Football Club Chadstone, Victoria Jordan Reserve I Bingham Manny DeBono Official Site 1997 1997

Former Clubs

This may consist of clubs that are currently playing in the Club XVIII section.

  • Albanvale - now in WRFL
  • Alberton Football Club
  • Alphington Football Club
  • AMP Society Football Club
  • ANZ Bank Football Club - now known as the Albert Park Football Club
  • Army Apprentices Football Club
  • Associated Grammar Schools Football Club
  • Assumption Old Collegians
  • Australian Postal Institute Football Club
  • Balaclava Football Club
  • Balwyn Football Club - moved to the Eastern Football League
  • Balwyn Combined Football Club
  • Bellfield Football Club
  • Beverley Football Club
  • Beverley Hills Football Club
  • Black Rock Football Club
  • Booroondara Football Club
  • Boronia Park Football Club
  • Brighton Amateurs Football Club
  • Brighton Technical School Old Boys
  • Brighton Vale Cricket Club
  • Brunswick Amateurs Football Club
  • Bulleen United Football Club (merged in 1996 to become Bulleen Cobras
  • Camberwell Football Club
  • Canterbury-North Balwyn Football Club (merged in 1996 to become Bulleen Cobras
  • Canterbury United Churches Football Club
  • Carlton District Football Club
  • Carnegie Football Club
  • Carnegie Church Of Christ Football Club
  • Cassie Club Football Club
  • Caulfield City Football Club
  • Celtic Amateur Football Club
  • Chirnside Park Football Club - moved to the Eastern Football League
  • Clayton Amateur Football Club
  • Coburg Amateurs Football Club
  • Collingwood District Football Club
  • Commercial Bank Football Club
  • Commonwealth Bank Football Club
  • Coolaroo Rovers Football Club
  • Dandenong KSP Football Club
  • Doveton SJOC
  • East Malvern Football Club
  • Edlington Football Club
  • Elwood Football Club
  • ES&A Bank Football Club
  • Fawkner Football Club
  • Fitzroy District Football Club
  • Fitzroy Juniors Football Club
  • Footscray Technical School Old Boys
  • Geelong Amateurs Football Club
  • Glenroy Football Club - now member of EDFL
  • GTV-9 Football Club
  • Hampton Football Club
  • Hawthorn Amateur Football Club
  • Heatherton Football Club
  • Heidelberg West Amateurs - member of DVFL since 1941
  • Huntingdale Football Club
  • Insurance Social Clubs Association Football Club
  • Kingsville Rovers Football Club
  • Kontias Football Club
  • Kooyong Football Club
  • Leopold Football Club
  • Malvern Football Club
  • Melbourne Shipping Company Football Club
  • Melbourne Swimming Club Football Club
  • Monash University Football Club
  • Monash Whites Football Club Official Site
  • Moreland Amateurs Football Club
  • Mount Carmel Old Collegians
  • Murrumbeena Football Club - member of SFL
  • Myer Football Club
  • National Bank Football Club
  • Naval Base Flinders Football Club
  • Newlands-Coburg Football Club
  • North Alphington Football Club
  • North Melbourne CBC Old Boys
  • Nunawading Football Club
  • Oakleigh Football Club
  • Olinda Football Club
  • Parkside Football Club (now in the Northern Football League)
  • Pascoe Vale Football Club - now member of EDFL
  • Patricians Football Club
  • Pharmacy College Football Club
  • Port Melbourne Amateurs Football Club
  • Port Rovers Football Club
  • Preston Amateurs Football Club
  • Preston MBOB
  • Princes Hill Football Club
  • RAAF Cadets Football Club
  • Reservoir Old Boys
  • Salesian Old Collegians (Merged after the 2007 season to become St Marys/Salesain)
  • Sandringham Amateurs
  • Sandringham Juniors Football Club
  • Southbank Football Club
  • South Camberwell Football Club
  • South Melbourne City Football Club
  • South Melbourne Juniors Football Club
  • South St Kilda Football Club
  • South Yarra Amateur Football Club
  • St Andrews Amateurs
  • St Ignatius Football Club
  • St Judes Football Club
  • St Leonards Old Collegians
  • St Mary's Amateur Football Club (Merged at the end of 2007 to become St Marys/Salesain)
  • St Patricks Ballarat Old Collegians
  • St Pius Football Club
  • St Kilda CBC Old Boys
  • State Electricity Commission Football Club
  • State Saving Bank Football Club
  • Surrey Hills Football Club
  • Teachers College Football Club
  • Thomastown Football Club (now in the Northern Football League)
  • Thornbury Football Club
  • Toorak-Grosvenor Football Club
  • Tooronga-Malvern Football Club - now in Southern Football League
  • Waltham Football Club
  • Waverley Amateurs Football Club
  • West Hawthorn Football Club
  • Windsor Football Club
  • YMCA Football Club

Club Formed Last Season

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