At the conclusion of the 1953 Australian Football Carnival held in Brisbane a team was selected from the best performed players. The practice continued after such series until the 1988 Bicentenary Carnival in Adelaide. In 1982, the first VFL team of the year was chosen by the Victorian selectors. With the development of the national competition, the concept was changed slightly and in 1991, the first AFL All-Australian Team was selected.
The 1998 team was commemorated by the release of a cover by Havilah Enterprises. (First Class Collectables) From 1998 the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association have agreed to play each other under International Rules. The AFL uses the All Australian Team as the base from which to choose the team.