The Australian Football League has celebrated surpassing one million AFL club members this year, almost three weeks faster than in 2021.

A total of 1,043,604 members signed up to support their favourite club in 2022, with one in 25 Australians being AFL club members.

The League has reached the one million membership figure some 20 days ahead of the same milestone in 2021, where AFL witnessed an all-time club membership record of 1,113,441 members.

The one million membership figure also includes Australian Football League Women (AFLW) club memberships. The AFLW experienced 89% year-on-year growth to reach a record-breaking 48,712 members for the first time in the League’s history.

Richmond and the West Coast Eagles were among the most supported Aussie rules football clubs through memberships, while North Melbourne, last year’s Grand Finalists Melbourne FC, and the Western Bulldogs achieved record-breaking club membership figures for this season.

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said: “Australian Football is well and truly back across the country. With full capacity at every venue around the country, the return of the general admission access, reserved seat members back in their seats, and now more than one million club members, we couldn’t be prouder of our start to the year.

“On behalf of the AFL, I’d like to thank all 18 clubs for their hard work in engaging with our fans across the country and to every club member whose passion and support makes footy the greatest game in the world.”

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