Football has the highest junior participation rate of any sport in the ACT, and that number appears to be only trending up in light of recent studies.
An Ausport study across 2015 and 2016 found that Football had the highest participation rate of any club sport across the country, with a fantastic 4.5% of the population participating in organised football.
Football in the ACT had a fantastic 31, 075 participants in 2016 per the FFA, a number just short of 10% of the region’s population and with the highest nationwide ratio of female to male players.
That number was a growth of 1, 207 participants on the previous year, part of a nationwide growth of 7, 826 full active members.
29% of the ACT’s football participants were female in 2016, and this number appears to be reflected by the continuing success of the Canberra United W-League side who once more reached the semi-final stage of the national women’s competition.
In 2017, local female football will receive a boost as the Women’s Premier League will this season align with the male National Premier League’s framework, creating a structured pathway for female footballers through their clubs from junior grades right to the top.
Eight clubs will contest the Women’s National Premier Leagues Capital Football this season, with each club fielding a reserve side and age-grade sides from U/13’s upwards.