The growth of female football

As the fasted growing segment of Australian football, female football has experienced a dramatic rise in both player participation and awareness of female involvement in football.

Since 2004, a marked increase in female participation has been recorded in all sectors, including Auskick, Junior, Youth, Secondary School and Senior Women’s competitions and programs. This Includes:

  • 13,850 participants in the VSSSA School Girls Football Competition, an increase of over 6000 participants since 1999.
  • 913 registered players in 29 teams in 4 divisions in the Victorian Women’s Football League
  • 850 registered players in the AFL Victoria Youth Girls competition, which now includes 6 divisions.
  • 779 Girls participating in junior football competitions around Victoria.
  • 3862 girls in the AFL Auskick program in Victoria.
  • Over 25,500 women and girls playing our game in organised community and Secondary School competitions around Victoria.
  • Over 60 specific female only football clinics and programs reaching 2500 students around Victoria.

Apart from being involved in a sport that is followed by almost half of Australia’s female population, participation in Australian Football has a wide range ofbenefits for general health and wellbeing. 

According to a recent Deakin University study, females participating in Australia Rules Football cited improved fitness, physical skill, weight management, self confidence and mental strength as being a direct result of girls involvement.
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