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More girls now playing soccer than netball

Roy Morgan says that back in June 2014, 50% of Aussie kids (or 1,213,000 children) reported going swimming, ahead of 47% (1,136,000) who said they played soccer. Since then, soccer has gained an extra 108,000 young players, to hit a 50% participation rate (1,244,000); while swimming participation has fallen by 32,000 kids and now sits at 48%.

While more Aussie kids are also taking part in athletics, cricket, netball and Australian Rules football than they were 12 months ago, the increases for these sports are negligible when compared with the boom in soccer participation.

Ten most popular sports among Australian children 6-13


But soccer’s rise is not simply the result of more boys playing it: it is becoming increasingly popular with girls as well. So much so, in fact, that a higher proportion of Australian girls (39%) now play soccer than netball (37%), a sport traditionally associated with girls.

Jason Lassey

Ive been collecting and publishing Sports related crowd, financial, and ratings data here and on twitter for about 12 years.

One thought on “More girls now playing soccer than netball

  • Munro_Mike

    Based on the sample size – this survey is hardly worth the effort. Let alone – it would be massively interesting to see the state by state breakdown however the sample sizes wouldn’t be significant enough for a population survey. It might be for a quality control on widgets but we’re not talking a homogeneous population.

    FFA Annual report for 2016 has female registered participation at 20%. (across mainly MiniRoos and Youth).

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