- Number of Aboriginal players officially registered in Australia in 2017. Total number of players: 1,086,986. 
- Year Lionel Morgan became the first Aboriginal person to play rugby league for Australia. He was booed and pelted by objects.
- Year an Indigenous All Star team played the best non-Indigenous rugby league players. The venue sold out and gained live TV coverage.
- Percentage of Aboriginal Australian adults participating in sport and physical activity. Same figure for all Australian adults: 65%. 
- Proportion of players in the NRL who are Aboriginal in 2014 .
- Proportion of players in the AFL who are Aboriginal in 2017 . Same figure in early 2011: 12% , in 2008: 10% , in 1995: 5% .
- Proportion of Aboriginal players in the State of Origin .
- Proportion of Aboriginal players in the Test team .
- Number of Aboriginal players in the A-League (professional men's soccer) in 2017 (Jade North) .
- Number of Aboriginal players in the W-League (professional women's soccer) in 2017 (Lydia Williams and Kyah Simon) .
- Proportion of Aboriginal people of the Australian population.
- Proportion of Indigenous State of Origin players in Queensland's players since 1980.
- Number of Aboriginal players across 18 AFL teams in 2017. 
- Number of Aboriginal players in Rugby Union in 2017. 
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Aboriginal AFL statistics
Browse selected Aboriginal Australian Football League (AFL) statistics, facts & surveys.
Famous Aboriginal sportspeople
A surprisingly long list of successful Aboriginal sportspeople and role models across all disciplines of sport.
Coreeda: Aboriginal wrestling
Coreeda is a combination of Aboriginal dance with a unique wrestling game.
A team sport, it combines a three-segment dance component with a four-round combat element.
Aboriginal Rugby League timeline
A short historic timeline of Aboriginal Rugby League.
Traditional Aboriginal games & activities
Traditional Aboriginal games have many benefits and enjoy growing interest.
Here’s a collection and brief description of many traditional games.
Aboriginal sports events
Aboriginal people love their sport. Here’s a list of popular Aboriginal sporting events across Australia.
Aboriginal cricket teams
Aboriginal people played cricket from as early as 1868 and have travelled to England three times.
First NRL Indigenous All Stars team
With so much talent among Aboriginal rugby players it seems only natural to have an Indigenous All Star team.
Aboriginal players in Australian Football League clubs
Ever wondered which Aboriginal player played in which club? Here’s a list.
Are Aboriginal league and footy players “too talented”?
Aboriginal players show exceptional natural talent for rugby league, often being the only thing they are proud of. Among all this talent, however, recruiters started calculating players’ risks and vulnerabilities.
List of short articles
Sport keeps people out of trouble, self-harm
Aboriginal people have always played sport. Before invasion they knew a broad variety of traditional games, and today many Aboriginal athletes excel in their discipline.
Sport is also necessary for Aboriginal communities as never before. Research has found that sport helps reduce violence, keeps youth out of serious trouble and is essential to counter the moral despair of many Aboriginal people .
Depression and Aboriginal suicide rates, escalating in the early 2000s, can be brought down if people participate in sport activities by as much as 25% and 12% respectively .
In many communities sport provides a sense of belonging and a feeling of coherence, something to stand for. Providing meaning and purpose, sport takes young peoples’ minds off suicidal thoughts.
If anything else transcends race, intolerance or discrimination, it is sport.—Steve Stacey, Executive Officer Nyoongar Sports Association Malaga, Western Australia 
Sport was the first pathway that embraced Aboriginal people and gave them the opportunity to compete on an equal playing field.—Michael O'Loughlin, Aboriginal AFL player 
The inaugural Indigenous Football Festival was held in Townsville, Queensland, in July 2009. It is a first attempt to get Aboriginal Australians to embrace soccer. The festival targeted mainly young socceroos who played matches, attended coaching clinics and team-building activities.
In May 2009 the Borroloola Cyclones, a team of 15–18-year-old Aboriginal youth, became the first all-Indigenous soccer team to play an international match during the Arafura Games, held every two years in Darwin, Northern Territory . Because Aussie rules is the dominant football code in the Territory, soccer is referred to as ‘round-ball’. Borroloola is about 950 kms south-east of Darwin.
Aboriginal sport resources
Movie: Aboriginal Rules not only introduces you to the game but offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the grassroots Aboriginal football experience that you may have heard about, but never seen.
Movie: Australian Rules tells the love story between an Aboriginal teenage girl and a non-Indigenous boy, set in a poor fishing village in South Australia.
Find Indigenous sport books
Browse books about Indigenous sport events and famous Aboriginal sports people: Indigenous sport books
National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy
The National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) is an Aboriginal-governed, non-profit organisation which was founded in 1995 by Ngarabal Rugby League champion David Liddiard, and set up as a mentoring initiative. It works with close to 1,500 young people and their communities annually.
With structured sporting and cultural programs it supports Aboriginal children achieve their sporting and academic goals and possibly becoming a sports star in their field.
NASCA aims to reduce social inequalities evident across Aboriginal communities by partnering with socially engaged sports people and other professionals and organisations. It uses Aboriginal knowledge, community buy-in and strength-focussed programs to address young Aboriginal people’s needs. By working within schools it helps inspire their students to excel in the field they most identify with and be proud of their Aboriginal identity.
[NASCA] teaches kids not to shy away from being Aboriginal, to embrace it, be proud of it and excel in whatever they do.—Joel McCall, senior student at Marrickville High School, Academy Program participant 
One of the ways you can help NASCA is to volunteer with them in the Northern Territory or get your workplace involved.
National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA)
160 George Street,
Redfern, NSW 2016
Phone: 02 8399 3071
Fax: 02 8088 6640