More women, schools playing football
FFA census reports 13 percent more people playing football than the previous year.
There are now more than 1.8 million Australians participating, reports the annual census includes all areas of the game including Futsal, school participation and a continued rise in the number of female participants.
The women and girls participation base provides a leading growth opportunity, with international tournaments and rebel Female Football Week driving new women and girls to the game, now more than 141,000 registered players.
The results of the annual census come after Football Federation Australia conducted an audit of facilities with member federations which identified a $500 million facilities funding gap.
The Everybody's game audit found football is being held back by inadequate facilities and in many areas across Australia, the sport has outgrown the facilities available to participants.
More than 14 percent growth in school participation, community events and promotional experiences are delivered by the clubs, plus the Aldi MiniRoos programme.
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