The AFL Grand Final is a football match played on the last Saturday in September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia to decide the annual winner of the Australian Football League (AFL).
The match is a significant part of Australian culture and has increased in popularity as the competition expanded to include teams from other Australian states.
The grand final is among the most popular annual sporting events in Australia, in terms of spectators and metropolitan television audiences.
AFL has strong traditions in Victoria, stretching as far back as 1897. It was first known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as all the teams were located within Victoria. In the 1980s, the league grew further to include teams from other Australian states and was renamed as the Australian Football League in 1990 in recognition of the expansion.
There are currently 18 teams based in five states competing for a place in the AFL Grand Final.
The method for determining which teams play each other to reach the grand final has changed on several occasions over the years. The inaugural season in 1897 involved a round robin finals competition where the top four teams played each other once, with the winner being the team that won the most matches.
Under the current AFL rules, the top eight teams at the end of the home and away season participate in a four-week tournament in which two teams are eliminated during each of the first three weeks. The grand final is then played by the two teams still in the competition.
The match is played on an oval-shaped field with scoring posts at each end, and 18 players from each side. The game is comprised of 20-minute quarters, with six points awarded for each goal kicked between the ‘goal’ posts and one point for between the ‘behind’ posts. The team that scores the most points by the end of the game is declared the AFL Grand Final premiers for that year.
All current clubs have participated in a grand final except two of the relatively new clubs, Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney. Essendon and Carlton have won the most AFL grand finals, with 16 premierships each, followed by Collingwood with 15.
The winning club receives a $1 million cash prize, a silver premiership cup and its name recorded on the E. L. Wilson Shield. Individual players also receive a gold premiership medallion on the day.
In addition, each of the players on the winning team receives a ‘premiership flag’ in the form of a large pennant which is presented at their first home game the following season. This longstanding tradition is commonly known as ‘winning the flag’.
The day before the match is known as “Grand Final Friday” and is an official public in Victoria. It includes a parade through the city centre involving players from the competing teams.
Off-field entertainment is also a feature of the AFL Grand Final, with live performances from Australian and international musical artists. Some past grand final entertainment has been criticised for poor-quality performances.
How To Watch AFL Grand Final NZ
It’s unclear who holds the rights to the final in New Zealand but the game is streamed free to air in Australia.
So long as you’re using an Australian VPN server you can use 7Plus and watch the match online instantl (for free).
You can also watch the AFL final series through 7Plus app. If you want to watch actual AFL games live then you must follow this guide.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch AFL Grand Final you need to use an Australian VPN to fool 7Plus website into thinking you’re in Australia.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing 7Plus. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then the 7Plus or visit their website and live stream.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a AU based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Melbourne or Sydney
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to load the AFL Grand Final live stream website and start watching right away.
Step 4: Start Watching AFL Grand Final
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
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