AFL Ladder and standings: 2018

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Here is the full AFL ladder for the 2018 premiership, which will take place across 23 regular season rounds starting in March and ending in September.

The 2018 AFL Finals will be played across four consecutive weekends, beginning on Friday, August 31, and concluding with the 2018 AFL Grand Final on Saturday, September 29.

» View the complete AFL fixture for the 2018 season

2018 AFL ladder

For the full 2018 AFL ladder, click here.

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).


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.

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.

Last updated: 6 March, 2018

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The Crowd Says (14)

  • Roar Rookie

    June 11th 2015 @ 10:35pm
    steveng said | June 11th 2015 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

    Go the Swans

  • June 12th 2015 @ 9:57am
    Pete Siney said | June 12th 2015 @ 9:57am | ! Report

    Swans flying high at the moment Steveng but the Hawks are just playing for a price with the bookies at the moment. We are comin to get ya at the pointy end of the season. Cheers

    • Roar Rookie

      June 22nd 2015 @ 2:45pm
      steveng said | June 22nd 2015 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

      The Swans are just playing around with the comp at the moment and come finals time we will beat anyone that we are going to come up against. We learned from the very dismal and disappointing effort that was taught to us by the Hawks in the GF last year (lol that was a SHOKER) and that WON’T HAPPEN TO THE SWANS EVER AGAIN. WE ARE A CERTAINTY THIS YEAR. GO THE SWANS!!!

      • June 22nd 2015 @ 9:13pm
        balibreeze said | June 22nd 2015 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

        you ever seen a plucked swan ,its an ugly duckling ,thats whats going to happen come september LOL ,The birds of prey are hovering over your carcass already, go Hawks and Eagles

        • Roar Rookie

          July 16th 2015 @ 2:29pm
          steveng said | July 16th 2015 @ 2:29pm | ! Report

          ‘balibreeze’ have you ever seen a “Plucked Hawk” without feathers, who cant fly and can’t pray on anything and they have to be hand feed for their survival, because that is what is going to happen to the ‘Hawks’. Our beautiful Swan’s are going to majestically fly and swim with their beautiful feathers and web feet in the calm and majestic lakes and ponds of their defeated AFL cities, while your poor and dilapidated ‘Hawks’ are being cared for by ‘Wildcare Australia-Rescue’ take note of ‘RESCUE’ because that is what will happen to them… lol…GO THE SWANIES!!!

          • July 17th 2015 @ 2:17pm
            balibreeze said | July 17th 2015 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

            They don’t look to Majestic ,when they have been savaged by a hawk ,I can understand having delusions of grandure can cloud your sense of reality , And you are partially right ,there will be a need for wild care Australia Rescue ,after the carnage ,someones got to piece together whats left of the Swans , and it will be a similar story when they go west to meet the Eagles ,Buckle up my friend ,its feasting time and the Birds of Prey are hungry

          • April 15th 2016 @ 10:54am
            John said | April 15th 2016 @ 10:54am | ! Report

            HAWKS have the SWANS measure mentally…

      • July 10th 2016 @ 7:04pm
        warwik kappa said | July 10th 2016 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

        Gee, that year went well for you Steveng, all that chest beating and flag waving? and where did you and the Swans end up in 2015? So i presume you learnt something from all that, humility perhaps? sure the Swans look good this year, but lets just keep a lid on it coz we’ve kearnt something havent we…(its just a footy team, theres 18 in the comp and everyone thinks their team s the best, and so it goes on exponentially around the world in soccer and rugby, everyone thinks their team is the best..its all a bit silly really isnt it, if not sad! ((;

  • June 15th 2015 @ 12:27pm
    balibreeze said | June 15th 2015 @ 12:27pm | ! Report

    I know freo , the hawks and Sydney are the sides to beat this year ,but watching the eagles play of late has been exciting ,they have been taking the game on and breaking sides apart with their slick ball play ,the loss against North ,well i am a hawthorn supporter and i saw the game against North ,and it was a howler with a five goal breeze and a fierce crosswind most sides i dont care who they are would have found it difficut against north in tassi ,also they have incredible depth , Jack Darling and xavier alis made a successful return against the bombers also rosa comes back hopefully next week this team is going to be very difficult to beat come september ,Simpson has them playing a run on game similar to the hawks , their defesive pressure is quite remarkable considering no Mackenzi and brown and they also boast one of the leagues best midfields and forward lines and i have been impressed by their youngsters Duggan ,Sheed ,i am from melbourne and even though i am a hawks supporter ,i love watching great football and for the boys in the west you keep playing that brand of football I put you in my top four

  • August 24th 2015 @ 11:22am
    recentdarko said | August 24th 2015 @ 11:22am | ! Report

    Iam a Hawk supporter,but i love watching any beautiful teams that put in 110%,tip for grand final= SWANS V WEST COAST EAGLES

    may the better team win. cheers

  • March 29th 2016 @ 2:46pm
    Pete Siney said | March 29th 2016 @ 2:46pm | ! Report

    Hi Guys.Just reading last years banter and it is pleasing to see that unlike some sports comments which get very personal and nasty, it was fun reading the comments by steveng and balibreeze. Bailbreeze, it seems that the birds of prey were supreme and of the two, the Hawks won the match up that mattered. Look forward to your comments this year. Recentdarko, my wife would say “oh, ye of little faith”. Hope you were still pleased at the win by the Hawks even though you didn’t rate them as Grand Finalists!! Cheers to three good sports.

  • Roar Rookie

    April 17th 2016 @ 9:16pm
    Shoudy Chen said | April 17th 2016 @ 9:16pm | ! Report

    There is a typo error there: The 2016 AFL Finals series is played on the 9th September and the 2016 AFL Grand Final to be played on 1 October 2016.

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