think you'll find that soccer (football) is already number one. Just not in the media - except world cup time. The socceroos play one game, and they draw a bigger live crowd, and television audience than the AFL grandfinal - and its only a friendly.
An afl grand final may not get as much attention as a soccer friendly between this country and another is because it is the nation playing another, not a supporter bas against another. While the grand final is such a between the to best teams, it doesnt mean that everyone will watch, especially if there team isnt in it. Soccer will never become Australias number 1 sport here because unlike soccer players, afl players wont whinge n whine n get strectherd of for a scratch on there leg. Afl is a mans sport, you have to be an elite athlete to play it and while ill agree u do in soccer aswell, AFL players cover a greater distance in a game, for example, One of the worlds best players at the moment may cover 11km a game, an afl midfielder covers well over 20km. And thats after all the hard contests of tackling and that, that takes energy away aswell, but afl players still get through it. While there was a lot of ppl watching the world cup, i admit it stayed up to 3 in the morning to watch it to, that was partly because of the australians attitude towards national pride, we want to be a succseful nation at all sports, we dominate in cricket and rugby, both sport made by the english. We tend to jump onto the bandwagon aswell, but if you thnk about it, Aussie rules has been folowed for over 100 years here in Australia with a consistant amount of support, while soccer was not a gradual build up like afl, it was a sudden jump onto the bandwagon, and now it is starting to die down. that is why i believe that soccer wont become australias new number 1 sport