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The roudball game has almost half a million more participants than AFL and more than twice as many as cricket.

Golf came in at No.2, while Australian Rules, netball and tennis round out the top five largest club-based participation sports. These are followed by basketball, cricket, swmming, athletics (including jogging) and touch football.

An update of the Australian Sports Commission’s official AusPlay survey, the largest survey of its type ever undertaken in Australia, shows that 1,152,144 men, women, boys and girls are participating in football.

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“Football has never been bigger or busier,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop. “It’s is the people’s game.  Wherever you are around this country, whatever your age, background or ability, there is a place for you in football.

“With the Caltex Socceroos qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia on Wednesday night and the Westfield Matildas in world’s best form, we expect to see even more people taking up football over the coming year.

“We will continue to work with our Member Federations and governments at every level around the country so that the necessary infrastructure is available."

The FFA boss took the opportunity to plug the world game: “For parents of young children looking for a safe, accessible and inclusive sport, football is the answer – and these figures show just how many people are making that choice.  Our ALDI MiniRoos program is the most participated junior sports initiative of any code.”

AusPlay Results

NB: AusPlay provides data on the most popular participation sports and activities in Australia and who is participating in them.

AusPlay results from the last financial year (July 2016 to June 2017) found that for sport played in sport clubs, football continues to be the top sport among adults and children combined.

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Club sport (Adults and Children combined)
Top activities

Population estimate

Per cent of population

Per cent of club sport population

Football  

1,152,442

4.7%

18.0%

Golf

751,766

3.1%

11.7%

Australian Football

673,986

2.7%

10.5%

Netball

665,738

2.7%

10.4%

Tennis

628,708

2.6%

9.8%

Basketball

594,919

2.4%

9.3%

Cricket

562,107

2.3%

8.8%

Swimming

406,035

1.6%

6.3%

Athletics, track and field (includes running/jogging)

298,999

1.2%

4.7%

Touch football 

278,168

1.1%

4.3%

Source: https://www.clearinghouseforsport.gov.au/research/smi/ausplay/results/sport