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AFL ladder: 2020 premiership table and standings

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Here is the full AFL ladder for the 2020 premiership.

2020 AFL ladder

Pos. Club W D L % Points
1st Port Adelaide 14 0 3 136.4 56
2nd Brisbane Lions 14 0 3 124.9 56
3rd Richmond 12 1 4 129.9 50
4th Geelong Cats 12 0 5 136.8 48
5th West Coast Eagles 12 0 5 117 48
6th St Kilda 10 0 7 116.2 40
7th Western Bulldogs 10 0 7 106.7 40
8th Collingwood 9 1 7 109.5 38
9th Melbourne 9 0 8 107.8 36
10th GWS Giants 8 0 9 95.6 32
11th Carlton 7 0 10 94.3 28
12th Fremantle 7 0 10 93.7 28
13th Essendon 6 1 10 79.2 26
14th Gold Coast Suns 5 1 11 90.6 22
15th Hawthorn 5 0 12 84.1 20
15th Sydney Swans 5 0 12 82.6 20
17th North Melbourne 3 0 14 71.2 12
18th Adelaide Crows 3 0 14 64.4 12

Note: this ladder is updated at the end of each round.

The AFL Ladder explained
For every match a team wins, they are awarded four points. A draw yields two points for both sides, while a team is awarded zero points for a loss.

If two or more teams share an identical amount of points (P), then their positions on the AFL ladder are determined by percentage (Pct).

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A team’s percentage is based on their total number of ‘points for’ (PF) compared to their total number of ‘points against’ (PA).

For example, if a team has scored a total of 200 points and had a total of 400 points scored against them, their percentage would be 50 per cent.

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If a team has scored twice as many points as they have had scored against them, their percentage would be 200 per cent.

AFL ladder history
The current AFL finals system and AFL ladder has been in place since 2000, and has been so successful at promoting fair contests through the finals it was copied by the NRL in 2011.

Under the current system, the top four play each other in the first week of the finals, as do the second four.

The winners of the matches played between first and fourth and second and third go into the third week of the finals, while the losers get another chance the week after.

The winners of the matches between fifth and eighth and sixth and seventh go into the second week to face the losers from the top four clashes, while the losers are eliminated.

The minor premiers in the regular season have gone on to win the premiership on six occasions since the current system was introduced 15 years ago.

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