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Australia and India are building strong and lasting ties through people-to-people links. The Indian diaspora (comprising both Australians of Indian origin and Indians resident in Australia) is now Australia’s third largest and fastest growing diaspora. Around 700,000 people claim Indian ancestry. India remains Australia’s largest source of skilled migrants and the second largest source of international students.

The number of India-born in Australia has rapidly increased in recent times. The 1996 Census reported 77,551 India-born in Australia. This number almost doubled 10 years later, to 147,105 at the time of the 2006 Census. The number more than trebled ten years later to 455,385 at the 2016 Census.

Have you ever wanted to pull on your national jumper and represent your country?

Playing Footy 9s gives you an opportunity to do just that! It’s a fun and exciting new sport, with both full contact (tackling) and non-contact (no tackling) options to choose from.

If you are of Indian descent and keen to represent India, please join the Team India Facebook group.

Mishal Sanghvi Footy 9s India

Mishal Sanghvi

Indian Tigers

Footy is big in Melbourne and I had never played anything like it growing up in India. Learning and practicing footy through AFI is an unforgettable experience. It has helped me introduce footy to my daughter who is 6 years old. The sport is played with a spirit that is unmatched. I am looking forward to being involved life long with the sport and volunteering at the new Auskick centre in Docklands. Thanks Brian and the team for introducing me to this great game!