From 2001-2010 it was played at the end of September, but in 2011 it will be played on the first week of October.
The 'AFL' (Australian Football League) name has been around since 1990. The 'VFL' (Victorian Football League) change its name after expansion outside Victoria. The first season of the VFL was 1897 after team left the VFA to form a new league. Australian Rules Football (the SPORT played in the AFL) was first played in 1859.
The FLFD Football League First Division
Well the Melbourne Football Club was founded in 1858 and the Geelong Football Club was founded in 1859, so somewhere in between that.
Austrian Football First League was created in 1974.
First Macedonian Football League was created in 1992.
Tom Wills is recognized as the founder of the game of "Aussie Rules Football" back in the 1850's and 1860's. He was not the founder, however, of the AFL, which was founded, as such, in 1990. The Victorian Football League was the first major league founded in Australia for playing the game, in 1896.
The first games played in the AFL (Australian Football League) began at about 2.10 pm on Saturday 31 March 1990. Four matches took place that afternoon at various grounds in Melbourne. If you were meaning, "When was the first league football match, as in the VFL, or other state league?" the Victorian Football League played its first matches in 1896. However, there are records of the very early beginnings of Australian football back in the 1850's, possibly earlier. Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar, Geelong Grammar and a St. Kilda school all indicate in the early beginnings of the game.
Scottish Football League First Division was created in 1975.
Gozo Football League First Division was created in 1937.
Turkish Women's First Football League was created in 1994.