MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Demons fans celebrates the win during the round 17 AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

AFL club memberships have beaten the one million mark for the first time, with 13 sides breaking their all-time records this season.

The final tally for 2018 stood at an impressive 1,008,494 members by the July 31st deadline.

This comes as an 11% increase on the 2017 season and the 18th consecutive year of growth.

Reigning premiers Richmond is leading the way after becoming the first club to sign up 100,000 members – an increase of almost 39% following last year’s drought-breaking flag.

Hawthorn and the West Coast Eagles have filled out the top three, with both clubs eclipsing the 80,000-member mark for the first time.

Only Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have been unsuccessful in growing their membership bases.

“One in every 24 Australians is now a member of an AFL club, a sign that the national reach of Australian football has never been greater,” League CEO Gillon McLachlan said.

“Whether you have been a member for decades or just signed up this year, on behalf of the AFL I want to thank every single one of you.

“The commitment members make to their clubs is the key reason why our game continues to prosper.

“Our clubs give us a connection. Our games fill us with hope, despair and joy, and today it makes us proud.”

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AFLW memberships also leaped in the competition’s second season, up more than 30 per cent to 9,406.

Club 2017 2018
Richmond 72,669 100,726
Hawthorn 75,663 80,302
West Coast 65,064 80,290
Essendon 67,768 79,319
Collingwood 75,879 75,507
Adelaide 56,865 64,739
Geelong 54,854 63,818
Sydney 58,838 60,934
Carlton 50,326 56,005
Fremantle 51,254 55,639
Port Adelaide 52,129 54,386
St Kilda 42,052 46,301
Melbourne 42,233 44,275
Western Bulldogs 47,653 43,246
North Melbourne 40,343 40,789
GWS 20,944 25,243
Brisbane 21,362 24,867
Gold Coast 11,665 12,109
Total 907,661 1,008,494