|1947 VFL premiership season|
(11th minor premiership)
|Brownlow Medallist||Bert Deacon (Carlton)|
|Leading Goalkicker Medallist||Fred Fanning (Melbourne)|
The 1947 VFL season was the 51st season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 19 April until 27 September, and comprised a 19-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top four clubs.
The premiership was won by the Carlton Football Club for the eighth time, after it defeated Essendon by one point in the 1947 VFL Grand Final.
In 1947, the VFL competition consisted of twelve teams of 18 on-the-field players each, plus two substitute players, known as the 19th man and the 20th 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 19 rounds; matches 12 to 19 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 8.
Once the 19 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1947 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the Page–McIntyre system.
Main article: 1947 VFL Grand Final
Carlton defeated Essendon 13.8 (86) to 11.19 (85) in front of a crowd of 85,793 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).