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Australia and El Salvador enjoy warm relations based on people-to-people links.

In response to the civil war in El Salvador, between 1983 and 1986 Australia accepted around 10,000 Salvadorans under the Special Humanitarian Program. The Salvadoran community in Australia is estimated at close to 20,000. Australia is home to the third largest Salvadoran community living abroad.

Resident Australian population born in El Salvador (2016) – 9,500
Australian residents of Salvadoran descent (2016) – 8,700

Team El Salvador made their debut at the 2021 Touch Footy World Cup, an event which is held annually in Melbourne. The format of the World Cup is 9-a-side, mixed (men & women) and non-contact.

El Salvador were crowned Division 3 champions in 2023, defeating Brazil in the final.

If you are of Salvadorean descent and keen to represent El Salvador, please join the Team El Salvador Facebook group.

Napoleon Rodezno Footy 9s El Salvador

Napoleon Rodezno

Team El Salvador

I was very fortunate to play my first ever game for El Salvador at the Touch Footy World Cup. It was great to play against other countries and meet new people.

I came to Australia in 1987 and I have played footy at different levels. But nothing can actually take away the feeling that I got when I was able to mix both of my cultures. Playing the great Australian game, but also representing El Salvador, where I was fortunate enough to be born. Make sure you get involved if you get a chance, it is terrific to be able to represent your country!