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There's nothing like Australia's game. Learn more about AFL in China 2017. 

There's nothing like Australia's Game - Shanghai

Hype reel on AFL Game in China

October 25, 2015  4:05 PM


The first release of tickets to the Round 8 Gold Coast SUNS v Port Adelaide Toyota AFL Premiership Season match in Shanghai is now exhausted.

Those who registered their interest in ticketing information for this match were given first opportunity to secure tickets in the initial on-sale period on Monday afternoon.

Should further tickets become available, a secondary release of tickets will take place in the coming weeks, including the release of the Grandstand Terrace seating.

Supporters who have registered their interest in ticketing information for this match will be the first to know about further ticketing releases in each category, including the Grandstand Terrace.

For more details about attending the match in Shanghai visit

An opportunity to connect with Australia’s largest trading partner through Australia’s game.

On 26th October, 2016, the AFL announced a commitment to playing a historic Toyota AFL Premiership match in Shanghai in Round 8, 2017. The match in Shanghai, will see the Port Adelaide Football Club host the Gold Coast SUNS on Sunday May 14 at Jiangwan Stadium.

The commitment demonstrates our intent in growing our relationships with Australia’s biggest trading nation and using Australia’s indigenous game to deepen the connection between our nations. Our game exists in a global sporting market place, and this event is part of our broader strategy to reach into new markets, both inside Australia, and across our region. This deeper connection in Australia extends to over one million people of Chinese origin living in Australia, along with many students who have chosen Australia to live and study. Furthermore, Chinese tourists are our number one visitors to Australia.

The Port Adelaide Football Club have been very active in cultivating strong business and Government relationships in the Chinese market and will continue to have a strong visible presence in this market leading up to and following the game.

We also acknowledge the Australian Government and the Match Day Partner, Ausgold Mining Group for their support in our endeavours to host a match in China. The Ausgold story epitomises what our venture into China is all about and the potential it represents. Sally Zou, the CEO of Ausgold, saw a Port Adelaide game broadcast on CCTV in China and reached out to connect with the Club. Ausgold is now Port Adelaide’s official ‘Open to the World Partner’ that encapsulates the Club’s activity in China.

This is so much more significant than just playing a game for premiership points on foreign soil. This is a landmark moment in the development of Australia’s sporting, cultural, political, economic and tourism ties with China. A true platform for sports diplomacy.  

Our commitment goes so much further than just playing one game in China each year. The game of Australian football is becoming accessible to Chinese people from every walk of life as we continue to roll out education and participation programs in Chinese schools and universities. Broadcast relationships with CCTV, GZTV and SMG are well entrenched and broadcast content into Chinese households each week of the season, which provides a major commercial opportunity. This is also complemented with significant investments in Chinese social media platforms including WeChat, Weibo, Sina and YouKu. The Seven Network will be the match broadcaster back into the Australian market.

To further understand how our program can unlock opportunities for your business interests in China, please watch our presentation reel above and download our PDF.  To discuss the program further, please contact us:

Simon Fitzgibbon:  
Damien McDowell: 

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