Published on: Nov 30 2017 | Author: Zac Milbank |


South Australia has once again reinforced its status as a heartland of Australian Rules football, with latest participation figures showing continued strong growth across all levels of the game.

The national 2017 Participation Results released today by the AFL contain a number of highlights for South Australia, including:

  • Overall participation of 174,000, an increase of more than 15% over the previous year;
  • A 5.2% growth in the number of players registered with clubs in SA, with the total number topping 50,000 for the first time;
  • A 53% increase in female participation at club level with a 22% increase girls involved in Auskick; and
  • A 23% jump in the number participating in school programs to 102,548.

Critically, the total number of players registered in all club and school competitions grew almost five per-cent to 61,306.

“To have around 175,000 boys, girls, men and women participating in football around South Australia is a fantastic achievement and something of which our clubs, volunteers, coaches, umpires, players and sponsors can be immensely proud,” said SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson.

“However, growth does present its challenges, which is why we will continue to work with State and Local governments on infrastructure strategies and investment programs that will improve ovals and facilities across the State.

“We love footy, and what drives us every day is a commitment to making the game as easy to participate in for as many people as possible. Footy builds stronger communities through helping our young men and women grow and develop, both as players and as people.

“To have another year of outstanding growth is a great result for SANFL’s development teams who work hard to provide opportunities to everyone who wants to play, from the youngest Auskickers to the most senior players.”


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