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This FACT indicates the total number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state. Which state takes its footy most seriously? The origins of this sport are obscure and often debated, with the Melbourne Football Club first publishing the laws of the game in 1859, when it became and organized sport. Aussie Rules has the highest spectator attendance of all sports in Australia and is also widely played at the amateur level.
This FACT indicates the number of Aussie Rules Football Clubs in each state or territory. Based on numbers from 2014, Western Australia takes the lead, at 273 clubs, but is closely followed by South Australia at 265 clubs. The ACT has the least, at 36 clubs. The data here are in keeping with the fact that the Southern end of Australia follows AFL, whereas the northern states are more concerned with NRL.