Football has again been recognised as the number one organised sport in Australia with more than 1.76 million participants.

Sport Australia released their third AusPlay survey which concluded that 5.4 per cent of male adults regularly participate in football, as well as 396,000 females.

681,000 children also took part in organised football in the last 12 months.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive David Gallop AM was delighted by the results.

“This confirms our own data that football is by far the most popular club-based participation sport in the country,” he said.

“As a sport that you can play whether you’re under five or over 75, the opportunities to participate are limitless.

“Football plays such an important role in our communities, providing significant physical and mental health benefits, helping the fight against obesity, promoting social cohesion and multicultural inclusion.”

Damon Palmar