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AFL memberships exceed one million for first time

AFL memberships exceed one million for first time
August 2, 2018

The AFL has announced that club membership has exceeded one million for the first time, with 13 teams breaking their all-time records this season. 

The final tally for 2018 stood at 1,008,494 members by the 31st July deadline, an 11% increase on last season and the 18th consecutive year of growth.

Reigning premier Richmond led the way after becoming the first club to sign up 100,000 members – an increase of nearly 39% following last year's drought-breaking flag.

Hawthorn and high-flying West Coast rounded out the top three, with both clubs exceeding 80,000 members for the first time.

Only Collingwood (-372) and the Western Bulldogs (-4407) failed to grow their membership bases.   

Welcoming the numbers, AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan stated "one in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater.

"Whether you have been a member for decades or just signed up this year, on behalf of the AFL I want to thank every single one of you.

"The commitment members make to their clubs is the key reason why our game continues to prosper.

"Our clubs give us a connection. Our games fill us with hope, despair and joy, and today it makes us proud."

AFLW memberships also climbed in the competition's second season, up more than 30% to 9,406.

Images: Richmond became the firts AFL club to sign up 100,000 members (top) and the AFL's club membership figures to 31st July 2018 (below).

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