Nauru: the country just as footy mad as Australia

Australian Football League Women Players Chelsea Randall Angela Foley and Nikki Gore are amazed at how Nauru are passionate about football.

Gore says she has never seen any other countries as passionate as Australia about AFL until she arrived in the small island nation.

“I would never have imagined that there was a country that shared the same passion for AFL as we do here in Australia.”

Nauru, one of the most isolated countries in the South Pacific, lives and breathes the game of

With a population of just over 11,000 people, Nauru has 18 men’s teams, five women’s teams, junior competitions and Auskick.

The 18-year-old says their passion is visible in every part of the island.

“As you drive through the town, houses are painted in team colours, club logos are sprayed on car bonnets and players are seen training every afternoon on the white, rocky gravel fields.”

Vice-captain Angela Foley says they are lucky enough to head to Nauru to learn more about their culture and interact with the footy fanatics.