see South Australian National Football League for a more detailed history of the SANFL competition The recorded game of any "football" in South Australia was that of 'Caid' played in Thebarton by people of the local Irish community in 1843 to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
In 1994 after a tender process put to all the SANFL clubs, the Port Adelaide Football Club secured a licence to enter the AFL.
The Port Adelaide chose the nickname of 'Power' since 'Magpies' was already used by Collingwood.
The inaugural 1877 season was contested by those 12 clubs: South Park, Willunga, Port Adelaide, Adelaide, North Adelaide, Prince Alfred College, Gawler, Kapunda, Bankers, Woodville, South Adelaide and Victorian.
Norwood joined the Association in 1878, but South Park, Willunga, North Adelaide, Prince Alfred College, Gawler, Kapunda, Bankers, Woodville, and Victorian all left the Association within the first 10 years.
In 1877, 12 of South Australia's football clubs met to develop a uniform set of rules and establish a governing body.
They formed the South Australian Football Association, the first governing body of its type for football in Australia, and adopted rules similar to those used in Victoria.
The SANFL was left with little option but to submit its own bid to enter the AFL.
In a thirty-minute meeting the SANFL formed the Adelaide Football Club.
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