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Australian football or AFL is the most popular football code with Aboriginal people. Nidja is not surprising as some elements of the Indigenous ball game usually called Marngrook — such as high marking — made their way into Australian rules football.[1] The same source quotes:

Formed in the 1850s frontier contact zone, Australian football owes more to the experience of warfare between British settlers and Indigenous Australians than is usually recognised.

In an essay titled "The Indigenous Game: A Matter of Choice", published in the 2008 AFL history book The Australian Game of Football Since 1858,[2] Adam Goodes, an Aboriginal player who played for Sydney Swans, writes of the ancient Aboriginal game, Marngrook, and its possible link to the origins of Australian rules football: "I don't know the truth, but I believe in the connection. Because I know that when Aborigines play Australian Football with a clear mind and total focus, we are born to play it."

A third of Indigenous AFL players, wer some of the game's spectacular legends, come from keny language group – the Noongar.[3]

Racism in AFL[edit]

See the bonar Racism in AFL, see also "Racism, recognition and reconciliation in AFL: A young player's perspective".[4]

AFL Mia[edit]


Eddie Betts

Eddit Betts

Anthony Wilson

Cameron Ellis-Yolmen

Charlie Cameron


Allen Christensen 2011 Premiership Parade 2

Allen Christensen

Josh McGuinness


Liam Jones

Andrew Walker

Chris Yarran

Clem Smith


Tony Armstrong

Travis Varcoe


Jake Long

Courtenay Dempsey

Shaun Edwards

Walyallup (Fremantle Dockers)[edit]

Brady Grey

Jonathon Griffin

Stephen Hill

Michael Johnson

Alex Pearce

Danyle Pearce

Michael Walters


Bradley Hartman

Steven Motlop

Mathew Stokes

Zachary Bates

Nakia Cockatoo

Gold Coast[edit]

Harley Bennell

Jarrod Harbrow

Sean Lemmons

Jack Martin

Brandon Matera

Steven May

Jarrod Garlett

Greater Western Sydney[edit]

Paul Ahern

Curtly Hampton

Zach Williams

Nathan Wilson

Jeremy Finlayson

Jarrod Pickett

Jermaine Mark-Miller-Lewis


Jed Anderson

Shaun Burgoyne

Bradley Hill

Cyril Rioli


Jeffrey Garlett

Jay Kennedy-Harris

Neville Jetta

North Melbourne[edit]

Lindsay Thomas

Daniel Wells

Port Adelaide[edit]

Paddy Ryder

Karl Amon

Jarman Impey

Jake Neade

Nathan Krakouer

Chad Wingard

Shane Edwards

Nathan Drummond


Lance Franklin

Lewis Jetta

Abaina Davis

West Coast Eagles[edit]

Jamie Bennell

Josh Hill

Malcolm Karpany

Sharrod Wellingham

Murray Newman

Western Bulldogs[edit]

Brett Goodes

Koby Stevens

Joel Hamling

AFL Noongar Maaman Kura[edit]

AFL Noongar Maaman Yeye[edit]

There is a list of aboriginal AFL players at the English Wikipedia, see List of VFL/AFL players of Indigenous Australian descent. There is also an indigenous map from AFL Players.

WAFL Noongar Maaman Kura[edit]

WAWFL Yok/Yorga Yeye[edit]

Ngiyan waarnk[edit]

  1. Robert Pascoe and Gerardo Papalia. "Did Indigenous warriors influence the development of Australian rules football?". 23 March 2017. ABC News. Retrieved 27 March 2017
  2. Goodes, Adam (2008). "The Indigenous Game: A Matter of Choice". In Weston, James. The Australian Game of Football: Since 1858. Geoff Slattery Publishing. pp. 175–185. ISBN 978-0-9803466-6-4.
  3. "The Noongar Warriors". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 4 September 2016
  4. Mark Rigby. "Racism, recognition and reconciliation in AFL: A young player's perspective". ABC News. Retrieved 2 June 2017