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Well that is another way of looking at it.
I have been following International Footy from afar since 2000 and any growth occurring I am happy to report it, and I did express some cynicism about the China figure being released.
With these sorts of figures, trends are more important, that and understanding 90% of the people 'introduced' to AFL (at least), will never play a club game, or watch a game.

Like on like trends are informative however.

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With these sorts of figures, trends are more important, that and understanding 90% of the people 'introduced' to AFL (at least), will never play a club game, or watch a game.

Like on like trends are informative however.

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Totally agree about the trends in the figures released - Most of the figures released contained info already known.
However one trend to watch will be Asia - It will be mostly driven by China and India where the grassroots stuff is just starting to get a base.
What I like is the increasing spread of countries compared to 10 years ago and although some of the figures are low just to have a presence is no mean feat.
 

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With these sorts of figures, trends are more important, that and understanding 90% of the people 'introduced' to AFL (at least), will never play a club game, or watch a game.
Most people introduced to Australian Football do play Australian Football.
Historically people introduced to Australian Football in short programs few seem to appear in later statistics.
Those programs are being fine tuned and now school competitions are the result.
 

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However one trend to watch will be Asia - It will be mostly driven by China and India where the grassroots stuff is just starting to get a base.
What I like is the increasing spread of countries compared to 10 years ago and although some of the figures are low just to have a presence is no mean feat.
Actually Pakistan has outperformed India proportionally though that is a bit problematical.
AFL Asia is now advancing as clubs bring more locals into the game.
The biggest and effective trend by far is the introduction of Australian Football into the educational systems.
The creation of school and university leagues is a quick and effective way to leverage growth.
It started in Britain, blossomed in Canada and is being used in the Pacific.
 

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Most people introduced to Australian Football do play Australian Football.
Historically people introduced to Australian Football in short programs few seem to appear in later statistics.
Those programs are being fine tuned and now school competitions are the result.
That depends on circumstances and the introduction. The NZ school program has a really low uptake. Firstly, there are few junior club teams to go to, secondly, their parents know nothing about the sport and can effectively kill of any intention of taking it further pretty quickly.

If you are talking adults, looking for something to do, being introduced to footy at a club they can join if they wish, then yes, uptake is high.

If you are talking a program for young kids, whose families know nothing about footy, and where visibility of the sport outside the program is really low, then no, uptake is infinitesimal.


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That depends on circumstances and the introduction.
Yes and NZ is past tense, hence the use of the qualifier "historical".
Most people introduced to Australian Football now do play Australian Football.
Even historically the R.S.A. produced new community competitions.
Even historically N.Z. produced some new school competitions and probably produced a crowd for the AFL games.
School programs in the Britain, Canada and the Pacific are producing significant results.
 

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The upcoming AFL match in Shanghai on June 2 which will feature AFL Port Adelaide and AFL St Kilda is gathering momentum.
This match will be the third involving Port up there and is a key part of their push to get our game entrenched particularly in the school sectors in some Provinces.
The school participation figures for 2018 for China are listed above under 2018 International Participation, and commenced with a nil base in early 2016.
It now appears that the AFL is more comfortable with the project going into its third fixture having previously extended its support/partnership for another 3 years.
The AFL push is headed by Kylie Rogers who is quite bullish about it all.
They would be happy that a Victorian Club has now signed up to take the series forward with Port, and also the Victorian State Govt has now got on board which confirms the close ties between the Pollies and the Footy heirarchy.

Full credit must be given to Port who came up with the idea we think to travel up there and get involved, despite many sceptics saying -Ah it will never work!.
Another angle on this is the growing participation in the event by AFL Asia, which leverages the game quite well by conducting matches on that weekend featuring locals only in matches.
 

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The article below from the Port Power website dated March 30 talks about the current Federal Govt getting on board with the club and the AFL to cross promote the Shanghai Match for the period 2019 -2020 - 2021.
With an upcoming Federal Election on May 18 and the outcome not known can we assume if the current Opposition takes Govt they will continue with the deal - Very likely we would say.

https://www.portadelaidefc.com.au/n...nments-threeyear-commitment-to-shanghai-game-

Since the above article further news has been released that the matches are now locked in for 2019-2020-2021 by the two AFL clubs (Port and Saints) and AFL House.
This is excellent news for our game in general up there and heaps of events can be built around the fixtures over the 3 year period.
We do not have the profile up there as per Basketball, Soccer Football etc so anything to try and penetrate that huge market is welcome.
 
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