What is the most popular sport in Australia?
The most popular sport in Australia, determined by
participation, spectator and television viewer numbers, is
It is commonly referred to as Australia's unofficial
"national sport". Unlike the winter football codes that
are divided in popularity among different states of Australia,
Cricket generates far greater public interest throughout all parts
of Australia on an international, domestic and local level.
In 2010 Australia had 550 000 registered cricketers and
the Australian men's team is ranked as Australia's favourite
International sporting team. It is one of the most successful teams
in international sport.
On a domestic level, each of the six Australian states has its
own team that competes in three separate competitions over summer.
Local club cricket is also popular, as well as social cricket that
includes variations such as backyard and beach cricket. Indoor
cricket also has a strong following in all states of Australia.
Also determined by participation, spectator and television
viewer numbers - the most popular winter sport in Australia are the
two Rugby football codes. Both games generate public interest on an
international, domestic and local level.
There are just under 650 000 registered players of the
Rugby codes Australia wide, 500 000 - Rugby League and 150 000 -
Rugby (Union). As of 2011, the major Rugby (Union) competition -
"Super 14" will increase to 3 international conferences
made up of five local based teams from Australia, New Zealand and
South Africa and will be known as "Super 15".
Soccer (Association Football) enjoys an extremely high junior
participation in numbers across the country, however as players
have grown in age they have tended to move to either Rugby League
or Australian Rules depending on their location throughout
Other popular team based sports in Australia include Netball and
Hockey. After suffering a significant loss of popularity in the 90s
Basketball has also shown a recent increase in participation at a
Popular non-team based sports in Australia include Swimming,
Golf, Tennis, Surfing and Horse Racing. Recently Australia's
fastest growing sport has been Motorsport, in particular - V8