Topend Sports

List of Tallest AFL Players

While successful AFL players can come in all shapes and sizes, certain physical attributes, such as height, can play an important part in game performance. For example, taller players with a good leap and positional skills, will win the ruck more often. Around the field, height is an advantage in overhead marking contests, and for reaching in for the ball, though tall players will find it harder to access ground balls.

The tallest player on an AFL team list is Richmond's Mate Colina (213cm), though he is yet to play a senior game. Of those who have played at least one senior AFL game, there are a few players at 211cm tall who share the title of the tallest to play footy.

Tall players are generally ruckmen. Comparing playing positions of AFL players from 2012-2018, ruckmen were the tallest (average 201.4cm), followed by the defenders, then forwards and the shortest were the midfielders (average 184.4cm).

all shapes and sizes in a footy teamall shapes and sizes in a football team

List of the Tallest AFL Players Ever

Rank Ht (cm) Ht (feet/inch) Player Team Years
1 211 6' 11" Ned Reeves Hawthorn 2019–
  211 6' 11" Mason Cox Collingwood 2015–
  211 6' 11" Aaron Sandilands Fremantle 2003–2019
  211 6' 11" Peter Street  Geelong/Western Bulldogs 2001-2008
5 210 6' 10.5" Matthew 'Spider' Burton Fremantle, West Coast, Kangaroos 1990-2003
6 209 6' 10" Jarrod Witts Collingwood, Gold Coast 2012+
  209 6' 10" Dawson Simpson Geelong, Greater Western 2010-2019
  209 6' 10" Max Gawn Melbourne 2010+
9 207 6' 9.5" Tim English Bulldogs 2017+
  207 6' 9.5" Rory Lobb Greater Western, Fremantle, Bulldogs 2014+

Listed AFL players (yet to play a senior game)

Rank Ht (cm) Ht (feet/inch) Player Team Years
1 213 7' 0" Mate Colina Richmond  
2 210 6' 10.5" Angus Milham Essendon  
  210 6' 10.5" Alex Mirkov Carlton  
4 209 6' 10" Lachlan McAndrew Sydney  

Data Source: the height data is taken from the player's profile on Wikipedia when listed, otherwise from other sources online (Oct 2022)

Author: Written by Rob Wood, with extra research by Casper Wood

Related Pages

send us a comment Any comments, suggestions, or corrections? Please let us know.

Sport Extra

Check out the 800+ sports in the Encyclopedia of Every Sport. Well not every sport, as there is a list of unusual sports, extinct sports and newly created sports. How to get on these lists? See What is a sport? We also have sports winners lists, and about major sports events and a summary of every year.

 → How to Cite