Countries you didn’t know were soccer crazy

In these Soccer Nations, fans live and breathe the sport.

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Australians take their soccer very seriously. Here fans of top club team Sydney FC cheer on their men. Australians take their soccer very seriously. Here fans of top club team Sydney FC cheer on their men. (Photo: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

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Australia

Australian-rules football (a form of rugby) may be uniquely Aussie, but that doesn't mean the beautiful game takes a backseat to it. The national team routinely attracts record TV audiences, helped along by the fact that the squad has experienced unprecedented success in recent years. There's also a domestic league for both men and women.

A recent survey showed that the sport has a higher participation rate than any other in the country, with nearly a million people who say they play the game competitively.

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