2020 Participation

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Jul 2, 2010
AFL Club
From the 2020 AFL Annual Report pg 77-78


  • Community football clubs maintained 97 per cent of pre-COVID participation levels with more than 1600 teams taking the field across NSW/ACT
  • Continued strong growth in the game’s alternate formats with a 10 per cent increase in participation in Junior AFLX and more than 300 teams registered to play AFL 9s in spring 2020.


  • More than half of the SANFL’s affiliated leagues delivered football seasons. The SANFL also introduced a Limestone Coast Football League, allowing about 300 players from three leagues in the state’s south-east region with an opportunity to play football.
  • Auskick registrations reached more than 5700, while the SANFL Schools Competition included almost 140 teams.
  • National Pharmacies SANFL Juniors – a community club-based competition for under-7s through to under-16s in metropolitan Adelaide – completed a 12-round season, with more than 12,300 boys and girls registered in the competition across 643 teams and more than 50 community clubs.

  • The 2019-20 NTFL season saw the introduction of a new division, with the inaugural Women’s Division 2 competition played on Wednesday evenings with six teams

  • 2020 saw a record number of juniors (13,177) compete in SEQ club football, despite the COVID shutdown with record numbers also delivered across female football.
  • More than 150 teams competed in the AFL Q-Schools Cup (due to COVID-19, only the primary schools division could be delivered).
  • 104 community Auskick centres were run with 4393 participants.

  • Despite the restrictions on sport due to COVID-19, where activity was permitted, nearly 60,000 participants engaged in Australian Football competitions and programs overseas.
  • After COVID-19 halted activity mid-year, AFL PNG’s back to sport protocols were approved in July and the EmNau Nuikick program returned across five of the six development regions in Papua New Guinea. AFL PNG saw nearly 22,000 participants in programs and competitions and an additional 17,000 exposed to the game through promotional activities.
  • Adelaide Crows AFLW players Chelsea Randall, Angela Foley and Nikki Gore participated in a digital series to continue promoting women’s footy in Nauru along with the importance of participating in physical activity and living a healthy lifestyle. This followed the establishment of the inaugural AFL Nauru women’s competition. Eight teams and 350 women competed before the Boe Lions were crowned premiers
  • Despite restrictions on delivering school programs and two separate lockdowns due to COVID-19, AFL New Zealand saw more than 9500 participants (47 per cent female) participating in the AFL NZ KiwiKick program
  • AFL Europe’s Festival of Football in September saw more than 40 teams from 10 countries across the region celebrate getting back out and playing the game they love.

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