Support for elite women’s football had reached new heights, with AFLW club membership numbers almost doubling over the last year to surpass 48,000 across the league for the first time.
The GIANTS were one of 14 clubs to break their AFLW membership record this season, beating the previous record which had last been reached in 2018.
A total of 48,712 fans across the country became a member of their favourite AFLW club this season – with 2,890 signing up to join the Orange Army – which broke the previous league record of 25,782 set in the 2021 NAB AFLW season. The new figure equates to an 89 per cent increase year on year.
The new record for the GIANTS is a testament to the growth of the women’s game in NSW and ACT, supported by exciting new talent coming through the academies, and healthy crowd numbers at Henson Park, Blacktown and Manuka Oval in 2022.
AFL Executive General Manager Customer and Commercial Kylie Rogers said the new membership record capped off a great end to the sixth season of the NAB AFL Women’s competition.
“The support for women’s football both at a grassroots and elite level has been significant over the last few years, so to see this support extend to achieve record-breaking AFLW club membership this NAB AFLW season is outstanding.
“Being an AFLW club member isn’t just about receiving match-day access and benefits from your respective club, it’s a symbol of showing up and supporting women and girls in sport more broadly, which has never been more important,” Ms. Rogers said.
“It’s been a fantastic season of women’s football so far and we’re excited to see this momentum continue this weekend for the 2022 NAB AFLW Grand Final between Adelaide Crows and Melbourne at Adelaide Oval which is sure to be a thrilling encounter.”