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Top-ranking school sport for second year in a row revealed

Riding high on the World Cup performances of the Subway Socceroos and CommBank Matildas, the popularity of football continues to grow with Football Australia’s school programs ranking as the top sport among schools.

The latest Term 2 Sporting Schools statistics have revealed that football has clinched the top rank among school sports for the second consecutive year, reaffirming the popularity of the sport amongst school age kids.

In Term 2, 44,954 students across the country participated in a Football Australia program, contributing to a total of 71,609 participants engaging with the world game for the year so far.

Launched during Term 2, the Festival of Football program proved an instant hit, engaging 8,028 children in its initial roll out. This initiative emerged as the top choice for teacher-delivered bookings across Australia.

The MiniRoos coach-delivered program was the most common package purchase of all programs across Australia.

Over 2,800 sessions were delivered in a 112-day period across the first two school terms, reflecting Football Australia’s commitment to promoting the sport across the community.

With 64% of the yearly target already achieved in the first two terms, Football Australia’s school outreach efforts are looking to take off again on the back of the CommBank Matildas’ FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 performance on home soil.

This success comes on the back of a bumper Term 1, where football reached 26,655 participants across more than 100 sessions around Australia.

To establish Football Australia programs in your school, email or visit the Sporting Schools webpage for more information.

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