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The Australian Football League (AFL) is the major professional Australian national competition in the sport of Australian football and is Australia’s biggest sporting competition in terms of membership, corporate sponsorship and attendances (ranked 4th in the world for average attendances.
The league comprises 17 teams which play 24 home and away rounds between late March and late August or early September. This is followed by a four-week finals series which culminates in two teams playing off for the Premiership, in the Grand Final.
There is also a pre-premiership-season Cup competition played between the 17 teams in the AFL in February/March, where teams that win go through to the next round and teams that lose play practice matches until the competition is finished. The current sponsor is National Australia Bank.