With a majority of clubs having finalised their list spots ahead of the new year, each side's demographics in age and experience have taken shape.
Looking to align your club's youth with a rebuild, or adding more senior figures when a premiership window is open are different paths clubs choose to take when looking to define their status on the season ahead.
With this in mind, we look at how each club ranks in age and experience in 2022.
Data via Draft Guru
Average Age: 23.4 years (18th oldest)
Average Games: 46.7 games (18th in experience)
The Crows are placed as the youngest and most inexperienced side in the competition, with Adelaide leading the way by some margin in the latter metric. The Suns are the next least experienced side, however they average 6.6 more games per player than the Crows.
Amid a list rebuild, delisting veterans and adding a string of young talent through the draft, Adelaide fell from being the 16th most experienced side this year to the least ahead of the 2022 season.
Average Age: 24.5 years (9th)
Average Games: 67.9 games (9th)
The Lions are the most balanced as far as their list demographic, ranking ninth for both average games and age ahead of the new season.
Veteran defender Grant Birchall called time on his career, which has lowered the Lions' rankings, while only three players were recruited via the National Draft and Darcy Fort was acquired through the trade window.
Average Age: 24.2 years (11th)
Average Games: 60.0 games (14th)
Only one draftee was signed to Carlton through the National Draft, while veterans Marc Murphy, Eddie Betts, Levi Casboult and Liam Jones all departed the club, vastly lowering the average age of their list.
Average Age: 24.1 years (13th)
Average Games: 62.5 games (10th)
Despite a 17th placed finish in 2021, the Magpies enter the new year in the midriff of age rankings, landing as the 10th most experienced side in the competition.
Average Age: 24.2 years (12th)
Average Games: 56.8 (15th)
Despite having the fourth-least experienced side in the AFL, the Bombers are the 12th oldest club, with a number of players above their median age having played under 100 games.
The arrival of mature-aged recruit Garrett McDonagh is also set to have prominently impacted the Bombers' age-experience standings, arriving at Tullamarine at the age of 25 years old without an AFL game to his name.
Average Age: 24.1 years (14th)
Average Games: 60.1 games (12th)
The Dockers are home to the AFL's oldest player in 2022, with midfielder David Mundy set to turn 37 in July.
Only Nat Fyfe, Michael Walters and Travis Colyer join Mundy in having surpassed the age of 30 next year, with Fremantle having 17 players 21 or under - many of whom are in consideration for their best 22.
Average Age: 25.7 years (1st)
Average Games: 96.6 games (1st)
To little surprise, the Cats are both the oldest side and the most experienced in the league, which has been a product of their recruitment over the course of the past several seasons.
The Cats will have 12 players 30 or older throughout the 2022 season.
Average Age: 23.9 years (15th)
Average Games: 53.3 games (17th)
The Suns are among the most inexperienced and youngest sides in the competition, which has been a key reason for their shortcomings.
Having struggled to retain developed stars and often having to trade them on for draft selections, Stuart Dew's side has been placed in a list rebuild cycle across the course of their existence in the AFL.
Greater Western Sydney
Average Age: 24.4 years (10th)
Average Games: 60.0 games (13th)
The Giants are in the unfortunate position of having their experience toward the lower end of the league while their average age is placed a few rungs higher.
Despite their demographic and standing, Leon Cameron's side are primed for another tilt toward the September action in 2022, having managed a finals win this year after having the fourth-least experienced side in the competition.
Average Age: 23.8 years (16th)
Average Games: 61.3 games (11th)
The Hawks have been able to blood plenty of games into their youthful stocks across the course of the past several seasons, while also being able to shed any ageing weight.
The Hawks will have five players over 30, however, 17 players will be 21 or younger in 2022, offering plenty of balance to Sam Mitchell's squad.
Average Age: 24.5 years (8th)
Average Games: 71.4 games (7th)
The reigning premiers are strongly placed in being both outside of the top bracket for age but remaining in the top half for experience across their list averages.
Average Age: 23.5 (17th)
Average Games: 55.0 games (16th)
The Kangaroos are no shock to be ranked among the bottom three for both average age and games played per player, having claimed the wooden spoon in 2021 as they continue to revamp their list.
Another strong draft haul is sure to see further youth injected into their best 22 for next season, with the club still having a few more years of rebuilding before returning the the top half of the competition.
Average Age: 24.8 (5th)
Average Games: 74.7 games (4th)
Average Age: 25.1 years (3rd)
Average Games: 80.6 games (3rd)
Despite an off-season that saw the Tigers farewell ageing stalwarts and acquire several young prospects through the draft, Damien Hardwick's side remain as one of the older and most experienced in the competition next year.
Average Age: 24.8 years (6th)
Average Games: 71.9 games (6th)
The Saints were the second oldest club in 2021, with a number of veterans sidelined throughout the year often keeping Brett Ratten's side looking more youthful than senior.
Having since parted ways with the likes of Jake Carlisle, James Frawley, Shaun McKernan, Paul Hunter and Jack Lonie, the Saints have seen their average age and experience numbers lowered significantly for 2022.
Average Age: 24.7 years (7th)
Average Games: 71.2 games (8th)
Despite the Swans still looking to finalise their list rebuild, the Harbour City side are among the top eight clubs for both average age and experience.
Veterans Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy are pulling plenty of that weight, while the Swans see an extensive range of players placed among the 22 to 25-year-old bracket next year.
Average Age: 25.3 years (2nd)
Average Games: 89.2 games (2nd)
Alarming signs for the Eagles, who are second to only Geelong for both age and experience next year and will enter 2022 following a missed finals campaign.
Should the Eagles fail to bounce back in the next 12 months, it could be a lengthy list recovery to see Adam Simpson's side back in premiership contention.
Average Age: 25.0 years (4th)
Average Games: 72.4 games (5th)
The Bulldogs' premiership window is ajar, with the club's average age and experience ranking among the top bracket in the league.
With plenty of youthful assets still emerging and a majority of their top echelon still having plenty of years left in their peak, the coming years are bright for the Bulldogs.