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The most popular football club in Australia (Part II)

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Roar Guru
7th January, 2015
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My most recent effort to rank Australia’s football clubs in terms of popularity sparked a fair bit of discussion, with certain anomalies in the results being pointed out.

In broad terms, it would appear that I gave insufficient weighting to attendances compared to TV ratings, meaning teams like West Coast and Fremantle were understated, while teams like Manly and in particular GWS received too much of a kick-along relative to their attendances.

It’s also fair to say that teams like the Reds and the Victory received an insufficient ranking given their healthy crowds.

So I have spent a few days trying to work out how I can balance the weighting I give attendances against ratings, and came up with a slightly different approach.

I first prepared a ranking by ratings, numbering the teams from 1 to 49, with the top team receiving a maximum of 49 points, all the way down to the bottom team receiving a solitary point.

I then did the same thing for attendances, and by combining the points for each team, I came up with a new ranking.

The top five are completely unchanged.

The next five teams are the same as the first list, except Souths has jumped from tenth to sixth and Richmond has leapfrogged Port (while remaining in ninth).

Sydney Swans and Melbourne Storm continue to occupy 11th and 12th respectively.


Fremantle has jumped from 17th to 13th, while the Eagles have jumped from 20th to 15th, separated by the Cowboys who remain in 14th.

Manly took a drop from 13th to 20th, while Parramatta remained 16th and St George remained 19th.

Whereas previously the NRL and AFL teams occupied all of the top 34 spots, we now have a number of Super Rugby and A-League teams crashing the party.

The Reds have improved from 35th to 26th, while the Victory have improved from 38th to 32nd, leapfrogging Sydney FC, who sneak in at 34th.

Interestingly, the Titans have taken a bit of a dip, and finished on the exact same points as the Suns, in 30th.

The Giants took a bit of a slide from 34th to 43rd.

Thereafter, the same six teams as before occupy the bottom six spots.

What do people think of some of these movements?


1. Collingwood, 97
2. Essendon, 88
3. Hawthorn, 87
4. Carlton, 83
5. Brisbane Broncos, 82
6. Souths, 78
7. Geelong, 77
8. Adelaide Crows, 77
9. Richmond, 76
10. Port Adelaide, 75
11. Sydney Swans, 72
12. Melbourne Storm, 69
13. Fremantle, 66
14. Nth Queensland, 65
15. West Coast, 64
16. Parramatta, 63
17. Canterbury, 62
18. North Melbourne, 60
19. St George, 59
20. Manly, 56
21. Wests, 55
22. Sydney Roosters, 55
23. Melbourne Demons, 55
24. Newcastle Knights, 54
25. Western Bulldogs, 52
26. Queensland Reds, 51
27. St Kilda, 49
28. New Zealand Warriors, 48
29. Brisbane Lions, 47
30. Gold Coast Titans, 45
31. Gold Coast Suns, 45
32. Melbourne Victory, 44
33. Cronulla, 43
34. Sydney FC, 42
35. Penrith, 41
36. NSW Waratahs, 40
37. Canberra, 31
38. West Sydney Wanderers, 26
39. Western Force, 25
40. Brisbane Roar, 25
41. ACT Brumbies, 24
42. Adelaide United, 23
43. GWS Giants, 21
44. Melbourne Rebels, 18
45. Melbourne Heart/City, 11
46. Newcastle Jets, 9
47. Perth Glory, 8
48. Central Coast Mariners, 4
49. Wellington Phoenix, 3