Participation in organised football has jumped 20% in 2015, a Football Federation Australia (FFA) national audit has found.
Community football clubs saw an increase of 7% in the past year to reach 499,361 players in 2,155 clubs in every state and territory.
The total number of participants in community clubs, school, indoor, social and introductory programs has soared to 1,188,911.
For the first time, the number of registered female players in outdoor club competitions has passed 100,000.
The AIA Vitality MiniRoos introductory program for boys and girls four to 11 years has jumped 10% to 214,414.
The audited formal numbers of 1,188,911 together with informal participation levels put the total size of participation at almost 2 million people, giving football the largest participation base of any Australian team sport.