|1877||The Victorian Football Association (VFA) is established with five senior metropolitan teams: Albert-park, Carlton (Blues or Dark Blues), Hotham, Melbourne (Redlegs or Reds) and St Kilda (Saints). Provincial teams including Geelong (Pivotonians), Barwon, Ballarat, Ballarat Albion, Kyneton and Sandhurst compete as senior teams.||5*|
|1878||Junior clubs Essendon (Same Old) and West Melbourne are elvated to senior status.||7*|
|1879||Junior club South Melbourne (Southerners) are elevated to senior status. Provincial senior club Geelong begins playing more matches against metropolitan clubs, and effectively becomes one of the core group of the Association.||8|
|St Kilda begins the season as nominally senior, but reverts to junior and drops out entirely during the year.|
|1880||Former (pre-VFA) senior club East Melbourne returns to the senior ranks.||8|
|Albert-park merges into South Melbourne.|
|1881||West Melbourne leaves the VFA.||7|
|1882||During the season, East Melbourne folds and leaves the VFA.||6|
|1884||New senior club Fitzroy (Maroons) and former junior club Williamstown (Villagers, later Seagulls) both enter the VFA.||8|
|1885||Former junior clubs Richmond (Tigers) and University (Students) enter the VFA.||10|
|1886||St Kilda returns from junior competition, and former junior clubs Footscray (Imperials), Prahran and Port Melbourne (Ports, Portonians, later Borough) all enter. New senior club South Williamstown, formed as a rival club to Williamstown owing to a dispute between the cricket and football clubs over the use of the Williamstown Cricket Ground for football, also enters.||15|
|1887||Provincial senior clubs Ballarat, Ballarat Imperial and South Ballarat all enter the main VFA competition.||18|
|1888||Prahran merges into St Kilda, and South Williamstown and merges into Williamstown.||16|
|Hotham is renamed North Melbourne. The club is generally known as the Northerners or by its colours (blue and white), and later as the Shinboners.|
|1889||University leaves the VFA. The three Ballarat-based teams also cease to be fully associated with the VFA; senior clubs continued to play matches against them, but they did not count towards the premiership.||12|
|1892||Collingwood (Magpies) enter the VFA.||13|
|1897||Brunswick (Brickfielders) enters the VFA.||6|
|Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, South Melbourne and St Kilda all leave to found the VFL.|
|Footscray changes its name from Imperials to Tricolours around this time.|
|1899||New senior club Prahran Two Blues and former junior club West Melbourne enter the VFA.||8|
|1900||New senior club Essendon Town enter the VFA. (The Essendon club formerly in the VFA but now in the VFL was based in East Melbourne; Essendon Town was actually based in Essendon.)||9|
|Brunswick changes its colours to black and white and becomes Brunswick Magpies.|
|1903||Former junior club Preston enters the VFA.||10|
|1905||Essendon Town becomes Essendon (but is commonly referred to as Essendon Association or Essendon A to distinguish it from the Essendon Football Club competing in the VFL). Its nickname becomes the Dreadnoughts at some stage no later than 1911.||10|
|1908||Brighton (Penguins) and Northcote (Rosellas, Dragons) enter the VFA.||10|
|Richmond leaves in favour of the VFL. North Melbourne and West Melbourne attempt to amalgamate and apply to join the VFL, but are rejected by the VFL, and are kicked out of the VFA. North Melbourne re-forms under a new committee and returns without missing a game, but West Melbourne never returns.|
|1912||Melbourne City enters the VFA.||10|
|Preston and Northcote amalgamate; the new club is initially called the Northcote and Preston Football Club or Northcote-Preston, but ultimately becomes known as simply Northcote.|
|1914||Hawthorn (Mayblooms) enter the VFA.||10|
|Melbourne City leaves the VFA.|
|1916||The VFA ceases competition during the height of World War One.||0|
|1918||The VFA recommences with six of the ten teams it left with: Brunswick, Footscray, North Melbourne, Northcote, Prahran and Port Melbourne.||6|
|1919||The other four teams: Brighton, Essendon Association, Hawthorn and Williamstown, re-enter.||10|
|1921||North Melbourne disbands leaves the VFA at mid-season, seeking to amalgamate with the Essendon VFL club.||9|
|1922||Geelong Association enters the VFA. After being blocked in its attempts to merge with Essendon League, North Melbourne re-forms under a new committee and re-joins the VFA.||10|
|Essendon Association disbands and leaves the VFA.|
|1925||Coburg Lions enter the VFA. Public Service is admitted to the VFA, but fails to secure a home venue and never plays a game.||8|
|Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne all leave the VFA in favour of the VFL.|
|1926||Preston and the Camberwell Tricolours enter. The Preston club that joined was the junior club that was affiliated with the senior club which competed from 1903 until 1911 before merging into Northcote, and is generally considered to be a continuation of the same club.||10|
|Brunswick leaves the VFA with two matches remaining in the season in protest of suspensions given to two of its players.|
|1927||Yarraville Villains enter the VFA, and Brunswick re-forms under a new committee and returns prior to the season.||10|
|Geelong Association is kicked out of VFA.|
|1929||Oakleigh (Oaks, Purple and Golds) and Sandringham Zebras enter the VFA.||12|
|1934||Coburg, Preston, Brunswick, Port Melbourne, Northcote, Camberwell and Williamstown are all temporarily expelled from their home grounds by their local councils in protest at the VFA's decision to use Olympic Park as a central ground; the VFA and the councils resolved the dispute prior to the season.||12|
|1942||The VFA again ceases operations during the world war.||0|
|1945||VFA recommences with all teams.||12|
|1949||Yarraville Villains change their name to Yarraville Eagles.||12|
|1951||Box Hill White Horses and Moorabbin Kangaroos enter the VFA.||14|
|1957||Mordialloc Bloodhounds enter the VFA.||15|
|1958||Dandenong (Redlegs, Dandies) enter the VFA.||16|
|1959||Sunshine (Shiners, Crows) enter the VFA.||16|
|Prahran Two Blues expelled from the VFA after the local council leased its ground to someone else.|
|1960||Prahran Two Blues re-enter after one year after securing a lease from the council.||17|
|1961||The VFA adopts a multi-division system including relegation and promotion between them.||18|
|Waverley Panthers enter the VFA.|
|1962||Brighton Penguins merge with the Federal League's South Caulfield to become the Brighton-Caulfield Penguins, based in Caulfield.||18|
|1963||Geelong West Roosters enter the VFA.||19|
|1964||Moorabbin Kangaroos leave the VFA.||18|
|1965||Werribee Tigers enter the VFA.||19|
|Brighton-Caulfield Penguins become Caulfield Bears.|
|1966||Frankston Dolphins enter the VFA.||20|
|c1967||Box Hill White Horses become Box Hill Mustangs.||20|
|1979||Camberwell Tricolours become Camberwell Cobras.||20|
|1982||Springvale Scorpions and Kilsyth Cougars enter the VFA.||22|
|1983||Berwick Trojans enter and Moorabbin Kangaroos re-enter.||24|
|1984||The Yarraville Eagles fold and leave the VFA.||23|
|1985||The Kilsyth Cougars leave the VFA.||22|
|1986||Berwick Trojans become Berwick Gippslanders.||22|
|1988||The Berwick Gippslanders, Caulfield Bears, Moorabbin Kangaroos, Mordialloc Bloodhounds, Northcote Dragons and Waverley Panthers all leave the VFA.||16|
|1989||The VFA divisions end starting this year.||14|
|The Geelong West Roosters leave before the start of the season, and the Sunshine Crows leave in the middle.|
|1990||Brunswick merge with a non-VFA club to become Brunswick-Broadmeadows.||14|
|1991||Camberwell Cobras leave at the start of this season, and Brunswick-Broadmeadows leave in the middle.||12|
|1995||Prahran Two-Blues, Oakleigh Devils and Dandenong Dandies all leave the VFA.||9|
|1996||The VFA changes its name to Victorial Football League, VFL, now that the old VFL is now the AFL. The Preston Bullants become known as the Preston Knights, changing their colours from red and white to white, blue and black.||11|
|North Ballarat Roosters and the Traralgon Maroons enter the VFL.|
|1998||Bendigo Diggers enter the VFL.||11|
|Traralgon Maroons leave the VFL.|
|1999||Coburg Lions become Coburg-Fitzroy Lions.||11|
|2000||The VFL becomes strongly aligned with the AFL, and reserve players from AFL teams were now able to play with the VFL if their team was aligned with an existing VFL team. The initial alignments were: Box Hill with Hawthorn, Port Melbourne with Sydney, Werribee with the Western Bulldogs, Sandringham with Melbourne.||18|
|Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers, Kangaroos, Geelong Cats, Richmond Tigers and St Kilda Saints all entered VFL 'Reserves' teams.|
|Box Hill Mustangs become Box Hill Hawks, but retain the mustang image on their guernsey. The Preston Knights revert to the name Preston Bullants, and revert to their old colours.|
|2001||Coburg align with Richmond, Springvale align with St Kilda, Williamstown align with Collingwood, all of whose reserve grade teams drop out. The Kangaroos align with a new team to form the Murray Kangaroos.||16|
|Tasmania Devils enter the VFL.|
|Coburg-Fitzroy Lions become Coburg Tigers|
|2003||The Bullants align with Carlton and Bendigo align with Essendon, both of whose reserves teams drop out. Port Melbourne and Sydney dis-align and the Kangaroos align in Sydney's place, ending the short career of the Murray Kangaroos.||13|
|Bendigo Diggers become Bendigo Bombers.|
|2006||Port Melbourne end their affiliation with the Kangaroos. Port Melbourne exists as a stand alone team, while the Kangaroos become aligned with North Ballarat and Tasmania, with half of their reserve players fed into each club.||13|
|The Scorpions move to Cranbourne and become the Casey Scorpions; the club retains the name "Springvale Football Club."|
|2008||The Western Bulldogs and Collingwood end their affiliations with Werribee and Williamstown respectively. The Western Bulldogs align with Williamstown in Collingwood's place. North Melbourne ends its partial affiliation with Tasmania, and partially affiliates with Werribee, retaining its partial affiliation with North Ballarat.||14|
|Collingwood re-enters its 'reserves' team into the VFL.|
|2009||St Kilda ends its affiliation with Casey, and becomes affiliated with Sandringham, and Melbourne ends its affiliation with Sandringham and becomes affiliated with Casey.||13|
|Tasmania Devils leave the league.|
|2010||The Gold Coast Football Club, who became known as the Gold Coast Suns during mid-season join the VFL. This was planned as a one-year stint in the VFL before the club played its inaugural season in the AFL in 2011.||14|
|2011||The Gold Coast Suns leave the VFL to join the AFL.||13|
|2012||The Northern Bullants became known as the Northern Blues, and Bendigo Bombers became known as the Bendigo Gold.||13|
|2013||Essendon ends its affiliation with Bendigo, which continues as a stand-alone senior club.||14|
|Essendon re-enters its reserves team into the VFL.|
1. PORT MELBOURNE (15): 1897, 1901, 1922, 1940-41 (2), 1947, 1953, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1976-77 (2), 1980-81 (2), 2011.
2. WILLIAMSTOWN (13): 1907, 1921, 1939, 1945, 1949, 1954-56 (3), 1958-59 (2), 1986, 1990, 2003.
3. SANDRINGHAM (10): 1946, 1962, 1985, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2004-06 (3).
4. GEELONG (10): 1878-80 (3), 1882-84 (3), 1886, 2002, 2007, 2012.
5. FOOTSCRAY (9): 1898-1900 (3), 1908, 1913, 1919-20 (2), 1923-24 (2).
6. HOTHAM/NORTH MELBOURNE (6): 1903-04 (2), 1910, 1914-15 (2), 1918.
7. COBURG (6): 1926-28 (3), 1979, 1988-89 (2).
8. SOUTH MELBOURNE (5): 1881, 1885, 1888-90 (3).
9. SPRINGVALE (5): 1987, 1995-96 (2), 1998-99 (2).
10. PRAHRAN (5): 1937, 1951, 1970, 1973, 1978.
11. OAKLEIGH (5): 1930-31 (2), 1950, 1952, 1972.
12. NORTHCOTE (5): 1929, 1932-34 (3), 1936.
13. ESSENDON (4): 1891-94 (4).
14. PRESTON/NORTHERN BULLANTS (4): 1968-69 (2), 1983-84 (2).
15. DANDENONG (3): 1967, 1971, 1991.
16. BRUNSWICK (3): 1909, 1925, 1938.
17. NORTH BALLARAT (3): 2008-10 (3).
18. CARLTON (2): 1877, 1887.
19. MOORABBIN (2): 1957, 1963.
20. ESSENDON ASSOCIATION (2): 1911-12 (2).
21. RICHMOND (2): 1902, 1905.
22. YARRAVILLE (2): 1935, 1961.
23. COLLINGWOOD (1): 1896.
24. FITZROY (1): 1985.
25. WEST MELBOURNE (1): 1906.
26. GEELONG WEST (1): 1975.
27. WAVERLEY (1): 1965.
28. WERRIBEE (1): 1993.
29. BOX HILL (1): 2001.
30. BRIGHTON/CAULFIELD (1): 1948.
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