|1974 VFL premiership season|
7th minor premiership
|Brownlow Medallist||Keith Greig (North Melbourne)|
|Coleman Medallist||Doug Wade (North Melbourne)|
|Total attendance||3,243,600 (23,504 per match)|
The 1974 VFL season was the 78th season of the Victorian Football League (VFL), the highest level senior Australian rules football competition in Victoria. The season featured twelve clubs, ran from 6 April until 28 September, and comprised a 22-game home-and-away season followed by a finals series featuring the top five clubs.
The premiership was won by the Richmond Football Club for the ninth time and second time consecutively, after it defeated North Melbourne by 41 points in the 1974 VFL Grand Final.
In 1974, 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 22 rounds; matches 12 to 22 were the "home-and-way reverse" of matches 1 to 11.
Once the 22 round home-and-away season had finished, the 1974 VFL Premiers were determined by the specific format and conventions of the "McIntyre final five system".
Main article: 1974 VFL Grand Final
Richmond defeated North Melbourne 18.20 (128) to 13.9 (87), in front of a crowd of 113,839 people. (For an explanation of scoring see Australian rules football).