Easily Scrape and Process AFL Data




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The goal of fitzRoy is to provide a set of functions that allows for users to easily get access to AFL data from sources such as and There are also tools for processing and cleaning that data.


Install the released version of fitzRoy from CRAN:


Or install the development version from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")


The fitzRoy package can be used to simply get data from various sources.

Getting Data

Primarily, the tool can be used to access data from various sources. Data is included in the package and can be access directly however this will not be up to date. Each source of data has functions for updating data during the season.

Mens data

Various data is included from both AFL Tables and Footy Wire. At the most basic level, you can access match results and the upcoming fixture as below. Read the full Mens Vignette for further instructions.

results <- get_match_results()
fixture <- get_fixture(season = 2019)

AFL Womens data

From 2019, we are able to provide access to AFL Women’s data. Read the full AFL Womens Vingette for details on how to access it.

NOTE: The AFL website has taken down the Women’s stats pages during the 2019/2020 offseason, so these functions no longer work. This is left for posterity and in the hope that they go back up evenually.

aflw_match_data <- get_aflw_match_data()

ELO models

A specific use case might be to use fitzRoy data as an input into a model. See the ELO model vignette for an example of how this might be done.

Docker Support

fitzRoy now provides Docker support in the form of an image hosted on DockerHub.


Once you have the images, (e.g. docker pull jimmyday12/fitzroy:latest) run one of the following commands.

  • To start RStudio with Fitzroy ready to use:
    • docker run -d -p 8787:8787 --name fitzroy jimmyday12/fitzroy:latest and open http://localhost:8787. *(Username: rstudio, Password: rstudio)
  • To start an R terminal prompt with fitzRoy ready to use:
    • docker run -it jimmyday12/fitzroy:latest R to start with an R terminal prompt.
    • Run quit() to exit the container

Building the image locally

To build the Docker image run the following from the root of the repository.

  • docker build -t jimmyday12/fitzroy:latest -f docker/rstudio/Dockerfile .

Please note that the ‘fitzRoy’ project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By contributing to this project, you agree to abide by its terms.