Sport Australia’s latest AusPlay survey has confirmed Football’s position as the number one club-based participation sport in Australia, highlighting an impressive 18.2% growth in the number of children aged 14 years or under playing the game.
In the year to June 2019, 1,853,600 people played football in Australia comprising 1,084,200 adults and 769,400 children.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive, David Gallop AM, said he wasn’t surprised by the results of the survey.
“The data from Sport Australia backs up the findings from our own National Participation Report and demonstrates the popularity of our sport for people of all ages from the under 5s to the over 75s.
“Football is a game for everyone, no matter what your background or ability,” Gallop said.
“FFA and the State and Territory Member Federations have worked extremely hard to drive participation growth by broadening the football offering way beyond the traditional outdoor 11-a-side winter season.
“Across the country, there are now programs of Walking Football for the over 50s, Multicultural programs for new arrivals and CALD communities, female-only programs including Soccer Mums and the increasingly popular small-sided summer football.”
“These impressive participation numbers are being complemented by a clear career pathway for boys and girls at youth level, through to the senior national teams.
“This is backed up by the landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement announced yesterday, that closes the gender pay gap between the Caltex Socceroos and the Westfield Matildas, providing further inspiration to those looking to play football and emulate their heroes – as the numbers show, there has never been a better time to play football.”
The Sport Australia AusPlay survey can be found here