Football participation legacy and Australia’s qualification for the 2006 Football World Cup

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Soccer and Society, 2015, 16 (4), pp. 482 - 492
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© 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. This paper examines the impact of qualification for the 2006 World Cup on football participation in Australia. Australia’s qualification for the 2006 World Cup created widespread media coverage across the country, and this was amplified by the fact that it was only the second time the nation had qualified for the event. Contrary to a number of studies that have examined sport participation legacy and major events, this research presents data that suggest an overall positive trend in Australian football participation post Australia’s successful World Cup qualification. Three of the four demographic categories examined in the study had witnessed increased football participation across the examined period.
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