1889 VFA season
|1889 premiership season|
The premiership was won by the South Melbourne Football Club. It was the fourth premiership in the club's history, and the second out of a sequence of three consecutive premierships won from 1888 to 1890.
The number of teams contesting the Association premiership reduced from 16 senior teams to 12 in 1889.
The three Ballarat-based clubs – Ballarat, South Ballarat and Ballarat Imperial remained senior clubs, represented on the Association Board of Management and contested the Ballarat premiership, but matches played against them by metropolitan clubs (which often occurred during bye weeks) no longer qualified for the premiership. University, after a winless 1888 season, dropped out of the Association and went into recess.
1889 VFA Ladder
Teams did not play a uniform number of premiership matches during the season. As such, in the final standings, each team's premiership points were adjusted upwards proportionally to represent a 21-match season – e.g., South Melbourne played 19 matches, so its tally of premiership points was increased by a factor of 21/19. After this adjustment, there was no formal process for breaking a tie.
|1||South Melbourne (P)||19||14||2||3||122||49||62||68.53|
|Key: P = Played, W = Won, L = Lost, D = Drawn, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, (P) = Premiers, PTS = Premiership points, Adj PTS = Premiership points adjusted for a 21-game season||Source:|
- Footscray defeated Melbourne 5–2 in its sixth premiership fixture for the season, but the win was awarded to Melbourne on protest because Footscray fielded a player without the proper clearance.
- Victorian Football Association/Victorian Football League History (1877-2008)
- List of VFA/VFL Premiers (1877-2007)
- History of Australian rules football in Victoria (1853-1900)
- "The Victorian Football Association". The Australasian. XLVI (1203). 20 April 1889. p. 837.
- "Close of the football season". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. 30 September 1889. p. 6.