AFL is one of the most popular male sports in Australia. The game enjoys the largest membership number of spectators of any sport in Australia. It is certainly the fastest growing sport in South Eastern Queensland. As a sport, AFL teaches students football skills and teamwork. Being a very active sport (some senior players run more than 10km per game), young men develop numerous athletic skills that will also assist them in other sports such as short and long distance running, Basketball and Volleyball. Being a game of skill, AFL also assists students in thinking about different possibilities, whether to move the ball forward through the centre, around the wing or even backwards in order to gain better field position.
AFL is offered to students in the first weeks of Term 3. It is a relatively new AIC sport catering only for the older students. The AFL Competition caters for two teams, Under 14 and Under 16. Weekly training prepares the teams for Monday afternoon competitions held at various AFL Club grounds.
AFL was the first sport at St. Patrick's College to win a senior premiership. In 2008, all AFL teams played in the finals. Recent old boys who have played AFL for SPC include Brendan Whitecross, who now plays 1st grade for the Hawthorne Hawks, debuting in 2008, and Cheynee Stiller who made his debut with the Brisbane Lions in 2006.