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Australian rules football attendance records


Note: Since the 1970s in Australia, many grounds have been reconfigured without standing room, which reduces maximum capacity.

Single MatchesEdit

By Australian State and TerritoryEdit

State Attendance Year League Event Venue Sold out ?
Victoria 121,686 1970 VFL Grand FinalCarlton v Collingwood MCG, Melbourne Yes
New South Wales 72,393 2003 AFL Round 21 – Sydney Swans v. Collingwood Telstra Stadium, Sydney No
South Australia 66,987 1976 SANFL Grand FinalSturt vs Port Adelaide Football Park, Adelaide Yes
Western Australia 59,585 2018 AFL Qualifying Final - West Coast v Collingwood Optus Stadium, Perth Yes
Queensland 37,224 2005 AFL Round 15 – Brisbane Lions vs Collingwood Gabba, Brisbane No
Tasmania 24,968 1979 TFL Grand Final – Glenorchy v Clarence North Hobart Oval, Hobart Yes
Northern Territory 17,500 2002 AFL (pre-season practice) Aboriginal All-Stars vs Carlton Marrara Oval, Darwin Yes
Australian Capital Territory 14,974 2016 AFL Round 19 – Greater Western Sydney Giants vs Richmond Manuka Oval, Canberra Yes

The table gives official crowd figures only. In the case of the 1976 SANFL Grand Final, the official crowd of 66,987 was the number of tickets sold, but when the SANFL ran out they opened Football Park's gates for free and the crowd grew by an estimated 15,000.[3]

State of Origin Representative MatchesEdit

League SeasonsEdit

  • AFL7,146,604. (2010). Number of Games – 186. Average attendance – 38,423
  • VFL2,720,119. (1976). Number of Games – 113. Average attendance – 28,173
  • SANFL1,090,164. (1967). Number of Games – 104. Average attendance – 10,482[4]
  • WAFL960,169. (1967). Number of Games – 88. Average attendance – 10,911[4]
  • VFA937,291. (1976). Number of Games – 94. Average Attendance – 9,971[5]
  • TFL318,496. (1967). Number of Games – 58 Average attendance – 5,491[4]

League Single RoundEdit

  • AFL – 400,401. Round 1, 2017.


Exhibition matchesEdit

International TestsEdit

Country Attendance Date Tournament Teams Venue City Notes
Papua New Guinea 7,500 2009 Indigenous tour of PNG Central Highlands vs Flying Boomerangs Lae, Papua New Guinea [7]
Australia 5,000 2005 2005 Australian Football International Cup Japan vs South Africa City Oval Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia [8]
Australia 3,500 2008 2008 Australian Football International Cup Papua New Guinea vs South Africa Reid Oval Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia [9]
Canada 2,500 2007 49th Parallel Cup Canada vs United States Thunderbird Stadium Vancouver, British Columbia [8]
Papua New Guinea 2,500 2009 Indigenous tour of PNG PNG (U18) Kupundas vs Flying Boomerangs University of PNG Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea [7]
Czech Republic 500 2008 2008 EU Cup Australian rules football England vs Croatia Slavia Sports Centre Prague [10]
Finland 150 2007 2007 European Australian Football Tri-nations Tournament Finland vs Sweden Halikko Stadium Halikko [11]

1. The International Cup carnival does not charge for admission, and crowd figures are estimates to the nearest 500 spectators based on total ground capacity. These figures do not include International Rules tests between Australia and Ireland or tests played as curtain raisers to AFL matches.

2. The 49th Parallel Cup charged admission for the first time in 2007.

Domestic Representative MatchesEdit

Notable Crowds for Leagues Outside of AustraliaEdit

Country Attendance Date League Teams Venue City Notes
Papua New Guinea 5,000 1999 AFL PNG (Grand Final) Wests vs Koboni Port Moresby [8]
Nauru 3,000 1999 NAFA championship finale Menaida vs Panzer (Meneng) Linkbelt Oval Aiwo [8]
United Kingdom 1,500 1999 BARFL Grand Final West London Wildcats vs Wandsworth Demons Clapham Common London [8]
United States of America 1,000 2004 MAAFL Nashville Kangaroos vs Chicago Swans Nashville, Tennessee [13]
Canada 600 October 2008 OAFL Grand Final Toronto Eagles vs Etobicoke Kangaroos Humber Park Toronto [14]
Indonesia 500 12 July 2005 West Java AFL (Pancawati Cup) Grand Final Pancawati Eages vs Pancawatti Scorpions Pancawati (Bogor) [15]

Note: No international Australian Rules Football leagues currently charge for admission, and crowd figures are estimates to the nearest 500 spectators based on total ground capacity.


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  3. ^ Norton, Daniel (2013). Port Adelaide Football Club - 2013 Season Guide. Adelaide: Bowden Group. p. 28.
  4. ^ a b c Review of the 1967 football season from Full Points Footy
  5. ^ "The VFA and the Search for an Identity" (PDF). Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  6. ^ French almost pull off an upset against the Reading Roos by Aaron Richard for World Footy News
  7. ^ a b Brett Northey. "Boomerangs PNG tour wrap up and photos". World Footy News. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e IAFC
  9. ^ WORLD BEATER: Rave reviews for city's International Cup role The Standard
  10. ^ Aaron Richard. "England take EU Cup – tournament review". World Footy News. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  11. ^ Finland building towards 2008 from
  12. ^ Official Website of the Australian Football League > NEWS ARTICLE > Australia winners at Canada Day Football Carnival Archived 24 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ MAAFL
  14. ^ Kangaroos Bounce Their Way To First Premiership Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Eagles Win Second Flag