The Australian Football Hall of Fame
was established in 1996, the Centenary year of the Australian Football League
, to help recognise the contributions made to the sport of Australian rules football
by players, umpires, media personalities, coaches and administrators. It was initially established with 136 inductees. As of 2008, this figure has grown to 219, including 22 "Legends". While those involved in the game from its inception in 1859 are theoretically eligible, very few outside of the major leagues – the Australian Football League (VFL/AFL), the Victorian Football League
(VFA/VFL), the West Australian Football League
(WAFL) and the South Australian National Football League
(SANFL) – have been recognised to date.
A committee considers candidates on the basis of their ability, integrity, sportsmanship and character. While the number of games played, coached or umpired, or years of service in the case of administrators and media representatives, is a consideration, it alone does not determine eligibility. Players must be retired from the game for at least three years before they become eligible for induction, while coaches, umpires, administrators and media representatives are eligible immediately upon retirement. The committee considers candidates from all the states and territories of Australia and from all Australian Football competitions within Australia.
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