Football Player Numbers Rise 20% In Two Years
Rapid Growth Takes Victoria Past 66,000 Football Players
Victorian football's rapid growth has continued with more than 66,000 players pulling on the boots to play "The Beautiful Game" in 2016.
Football's skyrocketing popularity has resulted in 20.8% growth in players since 2014 with 66,194 players registered in 2016.
Off the back of a nation-leading 13.4% growth in 2015, Football Federation Victoria (FFV) continued the momentum with another 6.5% rise in 2016.
The state's women and girls voted with their feet on football's popularity, with an 11.1% increase in female participation including stunning surges for MiniRoos Girls (11-and-under) up 18.7% and Junior Girls up 9.8%. Registered, season-long female football participants in Victoria has climbed 18.6% since 2014.
Football's rapid growth in participation is best reflected in 2014 vs 2016 figures, with MiniRoos Boys up 27.4% and MiniRoos Girls up 29.4% showing extraordinary uptake in the game.
FFV President Kimon Taliadoros said the numbers reflected the hard work from all of football's stakeholders.
"The message is clear; football is popular and growing rapidly, playing football is a great experience and playing football is fun," Mr Taliadoros said.
"Every stakeholder in the game, from clubs, to Councils and Government, to FFV's corporate partners is to be commended on the role they have played in making football Victoria's premier sport."
Key Numbers: 2016
- 66,194 registered players, up 6.5% on 2015
- 12,089 female players, up 11.1%
- Junior Girls up 9.8%, MiniRoos Girls up 18.7%
- MiniRoos Boys up 5.3%, Junior Boys up 7.5%
- 20.8% growth since 2014 - 11,396 total player increase
Mr. Taliadoros paid tribute to Victoria's clubs, more than 340 statewide, for driving the game's growth.
"It is our clubs who are there to answer phone calls from prospective players looking for somewhere to join The Beautiful Game," Mr Taliadoros said.
"It is our clubs who answer Facebook messages or emails from parents whose children have been inspired by the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas.
"It is our clubs who are creating that presence in schools, in local communities and in online spaces to let as many Victorians as possible know that they can easily access playing football.
"And it is our clubs who work so hard in collaboration with the dedicated staff of Football Federation Victoria to provide football as the premier game in Victoria.
"I commend our clubs for sharing their stories of success with player recruitment and retention in 2016 so that they may serve as models for all our clubs to follow in 2017."