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From father to son: A review and demographic analysis of the Australian Football League’s Father–Son rule


Tuck, GN, From father to son: A review and demographic analysis of the Australian Football League's Father-Son rule, Sports Management Review, 18 pp. 596-608. ISSN 1441-3523 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.smr.2015.02.004


The Australian Football League’s (AFL’s) Father–Son rule is a unique player drafting rule that allows sons of former players to be selected by their father’s club. The rules that determine eligibility have undergone numerous changes since its introduction in 1949, including rules for new teams from outside of the traditional Victorian-based clubs that had no history of fathers from which Father–Son selections could be derived. The observed number of Father–Son selections to each club is markedly different between the Victorianbased clubs, and between the Victorian and non-Victorian-based clubs. In this paper, a demographic model and player data from the AFL and the state leagues are used to estimate the annual number of available sons to each of the AFL clubs. Results show that the observed number of selections can largely be explained by the number of available sons. The model can also be used to predict the number of available sons into the future, and so can be used to guide management decisions regarding competitive balance if further modifications to the AFL’s Father–Son rule are required.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:AFL, demography
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Demography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the mathematical sciences
UTAS Author:Tuck, GN (Dr Geoffrey Tuck)
ID Code:119218
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-07-27
Last Modified:2017-08-22

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