|1943 VFL premiership season|
4th minor premiership
|Brownlow Medallist||Not awarded|
|Leading Goalkicker Medallist||Fred Fanning (Melbourne)|
The 1943 VFL season was the 47th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria.
As in 1942, only eleven of the league's twelve clubs competed, with Geelong remaining in recess due to travel restrictions during World War II. The season ran from 8 May until 25 September, and comprised a 15-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.
The premiership was won by the Richmond Football Club for the fifth time, after it defeated Essendon by five points in the 1943 VFL Grand Final.
In 1942, the VFL competition consisted of eleven teams of 18 on-the-field players each (Geelong did not field a team due to wartime rail and road transport restrictions), plus one substitute player, known as the 19th man. A player could be substituted for any reason; however, once substituted, a player could not return to the field of play under any circumstances.
Teams played each other in a home-and-away season of 16 rounds. During the first 11 rounds each team played each other once and had one bye. At round 11, the eleventh team on the ladder dropped out of the competition. In the remaining rounds (12 to 16), the other ten teams played 5 matches each. This more even fixture was seen as an improvement on 1942's season, in which teams played an unequal number of matches (14 or 15).
During the 1943 season, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Lake Oval, and the Junction Oval were all appropriated for military use. Melbourne shared the Punt Road Oval with Richmond as their home ground, South Melbourne now shared Princes Park with Carlton as their home ground, and St. Kilda now played their home games at Toorak Park (this was possible because there was no VFA competition in 1943). Footscray, however, were able to return to the Western Oval as it was vacated by the defence authorities after a year.
Once the 16 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1943 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.
|Qualified for finals|
Rules for classification: 1. premiership points; 2. percentage; 3. points for
Average score: 85.0
Source: AFL Tables
Main article: 1943 VFL Grand Final