2013 – AFL nears rugby leagues popularity in Queensland

AFL Participation in the Queensland grew by 9 per cent between 2011 and 2012 and the AFL expects to
have 155,000 participants in Queensland by the end of the year. The only state with a higher participation rate is Victoria.

Of that 155,000, 93,000 students played the game [for six weeks or more], giving the game
its highest school participation rate anywhere in the country.
More than 40,000 of the 135,000 female players nationwide are from Queensland, and 50
Queensland players are listed as AFL professionals.

Queensland Rugby League reported 170,027 active participants in 2012, including 60,099
men and 1752 women.
Just over 48,000 players were involved in regular school competitions, 26,356 participated
in formal gala days and 35,477 played in the full five-week Back Yard League Program.

Football Federation Queensland have reported a total of 106,797 participants –
47,000 of those from school, 47,799 both boys and girls juniors and 3014 adult aged


Ref: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-nears-rugby-leagues-popularity-in-queensland-20130530-2nej9.html