The AusPlay survey for 2019 by Sport Australia has confirmed that soccer is the most popular organised sport in Australia.
With more than 1.76 million participants, it tops the list of sporting activities in the country. To put things into perspective, soccer has almost twice the number of participants as any other football code.
AusPlay features many other physical activities people engage in, including walking, fitness & gym, swimming, running and cycling.
The AusPlay survey is in its third year and has shown that popularity of the game is in a good state:
- 5.4 per cent of the adult (15+ of age) male population regularly participates.
- More than 396,000 girls and women participate, one of the highest figures of any sport.
- More than 681,000 children aged up to 14 years took part in organised out-of-school football.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop AM spoke about the positive outcome the survey.
“This confirms our own data that football is by far the most popular club-based participation sport in the country,” Gallop said.
“As a sport that you can play whether you’re under five or over 75, the opportunities to participate are limitless.
“Football plays such an important role in our communities, providing significant physical and mental health benefits, helping the fight against obesity, promoting social cohesion and multicultural inclusion.
“I applaud the Federal Government for working with FFA on programs to increase participation to improve the health and wellbeing of our nation. In conjunction with Sport Australia, we recently announced a brand new national Walking Football program targeting older Australians, and have received funding for three new safe, inclusive and social football programs for females, ‘Soccer Mums’, ‘Kick On’ and ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women and Girls’.”