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The Australian Football League (AFL) regular season comprises of 18 teams competing for the premiership cup. The season typically runs from late March to late September, with each team playing 23 matches in the 2024 season. The team that finishes on top of the ladder at the end of the regular season is declared the minor premiers and are rewarded with a lifeline should they lose their first finals match. The same applies for the remaining three teams in the top four.

The AFL has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century, and the league has evolved significantly over the years. The number of teams and the format of the competition have changed multiple times, but the core principles of the sport remain the same.

In the last 5 years, the ladder position of each team has varied greatly. In 2018, the West Coast Eagles finished first, followed by the Richmond Tigers in second place. In 2019, the Richmond Tigers won the premiership after finishing first in the regular season, and in 2020 Richmond Tigers again won the premiership after finishing 3rd on the ladder. In 2021 the Brisbane Lions finished first but went out in straight sets, and in 2022 the Geelong Cats finished on top and would go on to win the Grand Final. Most recently Collingwood finished first in 2023 before going on to win the Grand Final.

Ladder positions are extremely important in the AFL, as they determine which teams will qualify for the finals. The top eight teams on the ladder at the end of the regular season advance to the finals, where they compete for the right to play in the Grand Final. The teams that finish in the top four positions on the ladder earn the right to host finals matches and the winners of those matches earn a week off.

One of the popular tools for AFL fans and punters to use is the AFL ladder predictor. It allows people to predict the outcome of the season based on data collected for each team, their current ladder positions and who they will play in the remaining fixtures. With the AFL season in 2024 fast approaching, fans are already looking for live AFL ladder predictions to get an idea of which teams are predicted to perform well throughout the season. Additionally, many sports bettors use Betfair’s exclusive tool in combination with the Betfair Exchange, the world’s largest peer to peer betting platform, to predict the outcomes of matches and place bets accordingly.

The AFL home and away season is a highly competitive and exciting competition, with a rich history and a passionate fan base. Fans can look forward to the live Betfair AFL ladder predictor to see which teams are predicted to come out on top, and bettors are likely to use the ladder predictor to make informed decisions when wagering on the Betfair Exchange.

If you’re looking to grow your wagering IQ this AFL season head to the Betfair Hub and start utilising our AFL Ladder Predictor, exclusive to Betfair!

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