Football’s place as the number one club-based participation sport in Australia has been confirmed, with more than 330,000 players across Victoria alone.
The latest AusPlay survey by Sport Australia revealed that in the year to June 2019, 1,853,600 people played football in Australia comprising 1,084,200 adults (15+) and 769,400 children (0-14). Of those, 333,187 were from Victoria, comprising 233,536 adults and 99,651 children.
“Football is a game for everyone, no matter what your background or ability. 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,” Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop AM said.
“Across the country there are now programs of Walking Football for the over 50s, Multicultural programs for new arrivals, female-only programs including Soccer Mums and the increasingly popular small-sided summer football,” Mr Gallop said.
“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.”
Football Victoria CEO Peter Filopoulos welcomed the new report’s findings and re-iterated his call for new and enhanced facilities across the state to keep pace with football’s growing popularity and participation.
“By 2026, we need to provide up to 420 new and equivalent full-size pitches in Victoria to keep up with growing demand for our game and expected population growth. We’re working closely with Local, State and Federal Governments to ensure people don’t miss out on playing the world game and Australia’s most popular participation sport,” Mr Filopoulos said.
The full Sport Australia AusPlay survey, done by the Federal Government’s Australian Sporting Commission, can be found here.