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Top 10 Most Popular Sports in Australia

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The term sport is the very common language for almost every human being around the globe. May be sports are the most common fiber of human life. But not necessarily all kind of sports have to be popular for every country. Each and every country has its own choice of popular sports. Some of these sports may even not played in other countries. Undoubtedly same is the case for Australia. Here we are only interested with those most popular sports in Australia or in other words you can names this topic as the most played sports in Australia. As we already know that sport is a national passion in Australia and for the Australian people. They are avid followers of ‘footy’ that covers every game from uniquely Australian AFL to rugby union.

There are a bunch of different sports played in Australia. Australian plays beach cricket and backyard all summer. They in fact spend their thousand dollars to watch the iconic Boxing Day test. No doubt that summer is considered as the season of sport around the country and especially the Grand Slam tennis tournament, which always being held in this suitable season for the Australians.

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Australia has championship-designed golf courses across the country. They proudly hold the record in hosting many premier golf events. Their marathons also attract thousands of runners from all over the world. And almost people from almost all the other countries exactly know about Australia car racing events for example the Formula 1 Australia Grand Prix.

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Here in this article we are trying to figure out some of these sports which are currently considerably their prior choice in Australia. Here the term most popular sports in Australia is only meaning those games which are in fact the most watched or most played sports in Australia.

So, let’s find out, which one is the most popular sport in Australia?

10. Marathon

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Marathons can be considered the 10th in this list of most popular sports in Australia. These are definitely very big sports event on Australian sporting calendar. Mostly 10km and 5km races held.

The Great Ocean Road International Marathon is held in May. And during the month of June the popular Gold Course Airport Marathon held in Australia, in which many runners from all over the world takes part. It is believed that people from all over the world mostly enjoy popular Australian arrangement.

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09. Car Racing

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Here come the sport which represents the Australian passion. Most of the Australians are found to be passionate for car racing. As well the country needs to host a number of rubber-burning events for the growing numbers of spectators.

For the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix each March, Melbourne’s Albert Park is selected as the venue. The Nikon SuperGP in October Primed V8 Supercars hit the Gold Coast. Tourists are very fond of enjoying the buzz around the Supercheap Auto Bathurst, especially in the month of October. Car racing is currently in our consideration, the 9th of the most popular sports in Australia.

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08. Cricket

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The outside World probably sometimes think cricket as the most popular sport in Australia. As they have conquered the victory trophy most dominantly for most of the times. But the fact is, it is only the 8th in this list of most played sports in Australia.

Australians are playing cricket more than 200 years. Undoubtedly this sport will always be in the popular sport list in Australia. The Australians usually play cricket at picnics, parks, beaches even at barbeques.

The Australian cricket team is one of the world’s top-ranking teams. They won the ICC world cup four times which is the biggest cricket world records. The Australian are also producing a number of Cricket heroes in short intervals. Some of their all-time legend cricket heroes are- Sir Donald Bradman, Chappell brothers, Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh and Shane Warne.

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07. Golf

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Golf is probably the most popular leisure sport for Australians. There are more than 1,500 golf courses across Australia. They have both private and public courses for this game. Some of these courses are champion-designed, which often boast spectacular views. But above all, the best part of Golf courses is that many courses are connected with luxurious resorts. Sometimes, these resorts offer ‘stay and play’ packages and I bet the Australian love it.

Some of Australia’s world-class golf superstars are – Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy, Karrie Webb and Adam Scott. Premier golf event names are – the Australian Masters, Australian PGA Championship and the Australian Open Golf.

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06. Tennis

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Australia becomes the headquarters for hosting international tennis tournaments every year in January. And the event is much known to most of the sports fans all over the world, it’s the most famous Australian Open.

Perth’s Hopman Cup starts in which eight top doubles teams compete for a trophy covered with Kimberley diamonds. In Brisbane, International top male tennis stars warm up for the Australian Open in the first week of the month. Female players also sharpen their serves at the Moorilla Hobart International a week later of that event.

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05. Soccer

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The first national soccer team of Australia’s was formed in 1922. The team was being ready for the tour of New Zealand. And finally Australia Soccer team made their first appearance in the World Cup finals in West Germany 1974.

The national team of Australia is commonly known as the Socceroos in Australia. Now they are several World Cups behind their first appearance. The team is also gaining success on the international circuit. Qualification for the Socceroos national team of Australia in 2010 World Cup South Africa without losing a single match confirms the popularity of soccer in Australia.

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04. Rugby Union

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Australian Rugby Union well known team is the Wallabies. Each year they compete with New Zealand and South Africa in the Tri-Nations Series. The battle between them and New Zealand is known as the Bledisloe Cup. Again the games with South Africa are part of the Mandela Challenge Plate.

Australia also arranges the Rugby World Cup in which many teams come to play from across the world. There are seven former Australian players, who can successfully claim to be introduced into the International Rugby Hall of Fame. So, in our current compilation we can conclude this sport as the 4th in at the top 10 most popular sports in Australia.

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03. National Rugby League (NRL)

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Rugby League is a full contact ball sport, which considered as the third most popular sport in Australia. We can explain this Australian sport as another branch of Rugby Union. The sport was generated in the early 20th century from Rugby Union.

NRL or The National Rugby League is mostly played in the eastern states of Australia. Most of the 16 teams of NRL are Sydney based. The NRL season starts in early March and ends with the grand final on October.

Obviously NRL competitions attract huge crowds and huge TV audiences all over the world, especially the Australian are found crazy about this event. There are also popular annual international games like the New Zealand VS Australia ANZAC Day test.

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02. Australian Football League (AFL)

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There is another name that the Australians mostly call this event and that is “Aussie rules”. In Australia if you see men in shorts leaping to great heights playing on a large arena with an oval ball, you can definitely be ensured of watching a game of Australian Football League (AFL). This is one of Australia’s premier spectator sport. Historians confirm that the game was developed in Melbourne in the 19th century. And the fact is, AFL is currently the most attended sporting league of the country. And that makes AFL the most popular sport in Australia.

If we try to find out its popularity region, we get Victoria. Australian people often refers this place as where this sport is practically a religion for the citizen. Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide also have passionately supported AFL teams in recent years. AFL consist 16 teams which play 22 home and away rounds from the above mentioned time zone.

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01. Football

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Now we are bringing to you a very interesting term ‘footy’. This term actually covers four codes for the Australians. This may seem a little confusing. But the truth is, depending on different state of Australia, it can mean Soccer, Rugby League, Rugby Union or Australian Football League (AFL).

As we know that for most of the Europeans the term football means only the football, which in other words is soccer. But these four codes command a strong and loyal fan base in Australia. These are probably the most played sport in Australia in the same season from March to September.

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  1. Football and Cricket are some of the greatest sports in Australia along with Rugby and Hockey. Good list you have created.. 🙂 🙂


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