Here you will find a glossary of the most important statistics to take into consideration before betting on the AFL. Each entry in the AFL stats glossary will contain the name of the key statistic, an explanation of what it means, an example of the stat in a sentence, as well as why it is important from a punting perspective.
In the AFL stats glossary, you will find a mix of the statistics that have been part of the game for decades, as well as some more modern AFL stats that have entered the Aussie Rules vernacular in recent seasons. Originally used by clubs to monitor the game-by-game performances of their players, these stats are beginning to reveal not only how often each player gets the ball in their hands, but what they do with it.
A concrete example that speaks to this point is the relationship between 'disposals' and 'effective disposal percentage'. In the past, only the disposal numbers that each player and team were racking up was noted, but now the quality of their disposals is measured through a percentage. This figure accounts for percentage of disposals that are placed to the advantage of a teammate.
For punters, the array of statistics in the glossary can provide an edge when betting on everything from a traditional head-to-head market, to total points over/under, and even individual player odds, including game-by-game markets as well as end of season awards such as the Coleman and Brownlow medals.
It is also interesting to compare the stats from season to season, as it can provide an indication of which teams are on the rise, and others that are on the slide.
While studying these AFL stats can be worth your while, it is also important not to put too much faith in the numbers. As with all betting, a balance between all factors tends to yield the most profitable outcomes.