Former North Melbourne captain Brent Harvey is the VFL/AFL games record holder with 432 games.
Former North Melbourne captain Brent Harvey is the VFL/AFL games record holder with 432 games.

This page is a collection of VFL/AFL games records. The Australian Football League (AFL), known as the Victorian Football League (VFL) until 1990, is the elite national competition in men's Australian rules football. This list only includes home-and-away matches and finals; representative games (i.e. State of Origin or international rules), pre-season and Night Series games are excluded from the totals.

Most VFL/AFL games

Below are the players who have played at least 300 games at VFL/AFL level; this list of players is often colloquially referred to as "the 300 club".[1] Individuals who have participated as a player, coach and/or umpire in 300 league-sanctioned senior games – including home-and-away, pre-season, state representative and international rules games – are awarded life membership of the AFL.[2]

Bold Current player
Most VFL/AFL games for that club

Updated to the end of finals week 3, 2022.

# Player Games Club(s) Average
per season
Career span Ref.
1 Brent Harvey 432 North Melbourne / Kangaroos 20.57 1996–2016 [3]
2 Michael Tuck 426 Hawthorn 20.29 1971–1991 [4]
3 Shaun Burgoyne 407 Port Adelaide (157 games; 2001–2009) 19.38 2001–2021 [5]
Hawthorn (250 games; 2010–2021)
4 Kevin Bartlett 403 Richmond 21.21 1965–1983 [6]
5 Dustin Fletcher 400 Essendon 17.39 1993–2015 [7]
6 Robert Harvey 383 St Kilda 18.24 1988–2008 [8]
7 Simon Madden 378 Essendon 19.89 1974–1992 [9]
8 David Mundy 376 Fremantle 19.67 2004–2022 [10]
9 Craig Bradley 375 Carlton 22.06 1986–2002 [11]
10 Adam Goodes 372 Sydney 21.88 1999–2015 [12]
11 Bernie Quinlan 366 Footscray (177 games; 1969–1977) 20.33 1969–1986 [13]
Fitzroy (189 games; 1978–1986)
12 Brad Johnson 364 Footscray / Western Bulldogs 21.41 1994–2010 [14]
13 John Blakey 359 Fitzroy (135 games; 1985–1992) 19.94 1985–2002 [15]
North Melbourne / Kangaroos (224 games; 1993–2002)
14 Scott Pendlebury 358 Collingwood 20.88 2006–present [16]
15 Gary Ablett Jr. 357 Geelong (247 games; 2002–2010, 2018–2020) 18.79 2002–2020 [17]
Gold Coast (110 games; 2011–2017)
16 Bruce Doull 356 Carlton 19.78 1969–1986 [18]
Paul Roos 356 Fitzroy (269 games; 1982–1994) 20.94 1982–1998 [19]
Sydney (87 games; 1995–1998)
18 Joel Selwood 354 Geelong 22.27 2007–present [20]
19 Matthew Pavlich 353 Fremantle 20.76 2000–2016 [21]
20 Doug Hawkins 350 Footscray (329 games; 1978–1994) 19.44 1978–1995 [22]
Fitzroy (21 games; 1995)
Eddie Betts 350 Carlton (218 games; 2005–2013, 2020–2021) 20.59 2005–2021 [23]
Adelaide (132 games; 2014–2019)
22 Luke Hodge 346 Hawthorn (305 games; 2002–2017) 19.22 2002–2019 [24]
Brisbane Lions (41 games; 2018–2019)
23 Kade Simpson 342 Carlton 19.00 2003–2020 [25]
24 Chris Grant 341 Footscray / Western Bulldogs 18.94 1990–2007 [26]
25 Andrew McLeod 340 Adelaide 21.25 1995–2010 [27]
Lance Franklin 340 Hawthorn (182 games; 2005–2013) 18.71 2005–present [28]
Sydney (158 games; 2014–present)
27 John Rantall 336 South Melbourne (260 games; 1963–1972, 1976–1979) 18.67 1963–1980 [29]
North Melbourne (70 games; 1973–1975)
Fitzroy (6 games; 1980)
Nick Riewoldt 336 St Kilda 19.76 2001–2017 [30]
29 Brendon Goddard 334 St Kilda (205 games; 2003–2012) 20.88 2003–2018 [31]
Essendon (129 games; 2013–2018)
30 Kevin Murray 333 Fitzroy 18.50 1955–1964, 1967–1974 [32]
David Cloke 333 Richmond (219 games; 1974–1982, 1990–1991) 18.50 1974–1991 [33]
Collingwood (114 games; 1983–1989)
32 Leigh Matthews 332 Hawthorn 19.53 1969–1985 [34]
Justin Madden 332 Essendon (45 games; 1980–1982) 19.53 1980–1996 [35]
Carlton (287 games; 1983–1996)
Corey Enright 332 Geelong 20.75 2001–2016 [36]
Drew Petrie 332 Kangaroos / North Melbourne (316 games; 2001–2016) 19.53 2001–2017 [37]
West Coast (16 games; 2017)
36 Gary Dempsey 329 Footscray (207 games; 1967–1978) 18.28 1967–1984 [38]
North Melbourne (122 games; 1979–1984)
Sam Mitchell 329 Hawthorn (307 games; 2002–2016) 20.56 2002–2017 [39]
West Coast (22 games; 2017)
38 John Nicholls 328 Carlton 18.22 1957–1974 [40]
Barry Round 328 Footscray (135 games; 1969–1975) 19.29 1969–1985 [41]
South Melbourne (193 games; 1976–1985)
40 Travis Boak 327 Port Adelaide 20.40 2007–present [42]
41 Jack Riewoldt 326 Richmond 20.33 2007–present [43]
Tom Hawkins 326 Geelong 20.13 2007–present [44]
43 Ian Nankervis 325 Geelong 19.12 1967–1983 [45]
Jason Akermanis 325 Brisbane Bears (38 games; 1995–1996) 20.31 1995–2010 [46]
Brisbane Lions (210 games; 1997–2006)
Western Bulldogs (77 games; 2007–2010)
Jude Bolton 325 Sydney 21.67 1999–2013 [47]
Jarrad McVeigh 325 Sydney 20.31 2004–2019 [48]
Heath Shaw 325 Collingwood (173 games; 2004–2013) 19.12 2004–2020 [49]
Greater Western Sydney (152 games; 2014–2020)
47 Paul Salmon 324 Essendon (224 games; 1983–1995, 2002) 17.05 1983–2000, 2002 [50]
Hawthorn (100 games; 1996–2000)
Scott West 324 Footscray / Western Bulldogs 20.25 1993–2008 [51]
50 Nathan Burke 323 St Kilda 19.00 1987–2003 [52]
51 Simon Black 322 Brisbane Lions 20.13 1998–2013 [53]
Nick Dal Santo 322 St Kilda (260 games; 2002–2013) 21.47 2002–2016 [54]
North Melbourne (62 games; 2014–2016)
53 Ted Whitten 321 Footscray 16.05 1951–1970 [55]
Stewart Loewe 321 St Kilda 18.88 1986–2002 [56]
Tyson Edwards 321 Adelaide 20.06 1995–2010 [57]
56 Dick Reynolds 320 Essendon 16.84 1933–1951 [58]
Shannon Hurn 320 West Coast 18.81 2006–present [59]
58 Jordan Lewis 319 Hawthorn (264 games; 2005–2016) 21.27 2005–2019 [60]
Melbourne (55 games; 2017–2019)
59 Marcus Ashcroft 318 Brisbane Bears (152 games; 1989–1996) 21.20 1989–2003 [61]
Brisbane Lions (166 games; 1997–2003)
60 Terry Daniher 313 South Melbourne (19 games; 1976–1977) 18.41 1976–1992 [62]
Essendon (294 games; 1978–1992)
Tony Shaw 313 Collingwood 17.39 1977–1994 [63]
Roger Merrett 313 Essendon (149 games; 1978–1987) 16.47 1978–1996 [64]
Brisbane Bears (164 games; 1988–1996)
James Kelly 313 Geelong (273 games; 2002–2015) 19.56 2002–2017 [65]
Essendon (40 games; 2016–2017)
64 Stephen Silvagni 312 Carlton 18.35 1985–2001 [66]
Mark Ricciuto 312 Adelaide 20.80 1993–2007 [67]
Robert Murphy 312 Western Bulldogs 17.33 2000–2017 [68]
67 Jack Dyer 311 Richmond 16.42 1931–1949 [69]
Ben Hart 311 Adelaide 20.73 1992–2006 [70]
Glenn Archer 311 North Melbourne / Kangaroos 19.44 1992–2007 [71]
70 Scott Thompson 308 Melbourne (39 games; 2001–2004) 18.12 2001–2017 [72]
Adelaide (269 games; 2005–2017)
71 Tim Watson 307 Essendon 18.06 1977–1991, 1993–1994 [73]
72 Gordon Coventry 306 Collingwood 17.00 1920–1937 [74]
Wayne Schimmelbusch 306 North Melbourne 20.40 1973–1987 [75]
Alastair Lynch 306 Fitzroy (120 games; 1988–1993) 18.00 1988–2004 [76]
Brisbane Bears (32 games; 1994–1996)
Brisbane Lions (154 games; 1997–2004)
Paul Williams 306 Collingwood (189 games; 1991–2000) 19.13 1991–2006 [77]
Sydney (117 games; 2001–2006)
David Neitz 306 Melbourne 19.13 1993–2008 [78]
Adam Simpson 306 North Melbourne / Kangaroos 20.40 1995–2009 [79]
78 Shane Crawford 305 Hawthorn 19.06 1993–2008 [80]
Jimmy Bartel 305 Geelong 20.33 2002–2016 [81]
80 Russell Greene 304 St Kilda (120 games; 1974–1980) 20.27 1974–1988 [82]
Hawthorn (184 games; 1980–1988)
81 Chris Langford 303 Hawthorn 20.20 1983–1997 [83]
Michael O'Loughlin 303 Sydney 20.20 1995–2009 [84]
Shane Edwards 303 Richmond 18.73 2007–2022 [85]
84 Don Scott 302 Hawthorn 20.13 1967–1981 [86]
Luke Power 302 Brisbane Lions (282 games; 1998–2011) 20.13 1998–2012 [87]
Greater Western Sydney (20 games; 2012)
Nathan Jones 302 Melbourne 18.88 2006–2021 [88]
Patrick Dangerfield 302 Adelaide (154 games; 2008–2015) 20.36 2008–present [89]
Geelong (148 games; 2016–present)
88 Len Thompson 301 Collingwood (268 games; 1965–1978) 18.81 1965–1980 [90]
South Melbourne (20 games; 1979)
Fitzroy (13 games; 1980)
Shannon Grant 301 Sydney (58 games; 1995–1997) 21.50 1995–2008 [91]
North Melbourne / Kangaroos (243 games; 1998–2008)
90 Sam Newman 300 Geelong 17.65 1964–1980 [92]
Barry Breen 300 St Kilda 16.67 1965–1982 [93]
Francis Bourke 300 Richmond 20.00 1967–1981 [94]
Kelvin Moore 300 Hawthorn 20.00 1970–1984 [95]
Garry Foulds 300 Essendon 18.75 1974–1989 [96]
Mick Martyn 300 North Melbourne / Kangaroos (287 games; 1988–2002) 18.75 1988–2003 [97]
Carlton (13 games; 2003)
Gavin Wanganeen 300 Essendon (127 games; 1991–1996) 18.75 1991–2006 [98]
Port Adelaide (173 games; 1997–2006)
Rohan Smith 300 Footscray / Western Bulldogs 20.00 1992–2006 [99]
Kane Cornes 300 Port Adelaide 20.00 2001–2015 [100]
Marc Murphy 300 Carlton 18.75 2006–2021 [101]

Club games record holders

Below are the players who hold the record for most games played at their respective clubs.

Bold Current player
§ VFL/AFL games record holder

Updated to the end of finals week 3, 2022.

Club Player Games Seaons Ref.
Adelaide Andrew McLeod 340 1995–2010 [27]
Brisbane Bears Roger Merrett 164 1988–1996 [102]
Brisbane Lions Simon Black 322 1998–2013 [53]
Carlton Craig Bradley 375 1986–2002 [11]
Collingwood Scott Pendlebury 358 2006–present [16]
Essendon Dustin Fletcher 400 1993–2015 [7]
Fitzroy Kevin Murray 333 1955–1964, 1967–1974 [32]
Footscray / Western Bulldogs Brad Johnson 364 1994–2010 [14]
Fremantle David Mundy 376 2004–2022 [10]
Geelong Joel Selwood 354 2007–present [20]
Gold Coast David Swallow 197 2011–present [103]
Greater Western Sydney Callan Ward 210 2012–present [104]
Hawthorn Michael Tuck 426 1971–1991 [4]
Melbourne David Neitz 306 1993–2008 [78]
North Melbourne / Kangaroos Brent Harvey§ 432§ 1996–2016§ [3]
Port Adelaide Travis Boak 327 2007–present [42]
Richmond Kevin Bartlett 403 1965–1983 [6]
South Melbourne / Sydney Adam Goodes 372 1999–2015 [12]
St Kilda Robert Harvey 383 1988–2008 [8]
University Herbert Hurrey 101 1908–1913 [105]
West Coast Shannon Hurn 320 2006–present [106]

VFL/AFL games record holder

Below are the players who have held the record for the most games played at VFL/AFL level, beginning with the first player to reach 100 games.[107]

Player Total to
break record
Record broken Career games Club(s) Career span
Charlie Pannam First to reach 100 games (round 14, 1902) 193 Collingwood (179 games; 1897–1907) 1897–1908
Richmond (14 games; 1908)
Fred Elliott 194 Grand final, 1910 209 Melbourne (12 games; 1899) 1899–1901, 1903–1911
Carlton (197 games; 1900–1901, 1903–1911)
Jock McHale 210 Round 10, 1914 261 Collingwood 1903–1920
Vic Thorp 262 Round 15, 1925 263 Richmond 1910–1925
Gordon Coventry 264 Round 11, 1935 306 Collingwood 1920–1937
Jack Dyer 307 Round 9, 1949 311 Richmond 1931–1949
Dick Reynolds 312 Round 13, 1950 320 Essendon 1933–1951
Ted Whitten 321 Round 5, 1970 321 Footscray 1951–1970
John Nicholls 322 Round 9, 1974 328 Carlton 1957–1974
Kevin Murray 329 Round 18, 1974 333 Fitzroy 1955–1964, 1967–1974
John Rantall 334 Round 7, 1980 336 South Melbourne (260 games; 1963–1972, 1976–1979) 1963–1980
North Melbourne (70 games; 1973–1975)
Fitzroy (6 games; 1980)
Kevin Bartlett 337 Qualifying final, 1980 403 Richmond 1965–1983
Michael Tuck 404 Round 22, 1990 426 Hawthorn 1971–1991
Brent Harvey 427 Round 19, 2016 432 North Melbourne / Kangaroos 1996–2016

See also

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