This briefing provides an overview of football-related hospitalisations during 2004-05. Injuries sustained while playing football accounted for 31% (n=14,147) of all sports and leisure-related hospitalisations during this period. Australian football accounted for 30%, soccer for 24%, and rugby for 21% of all football-related hospitalisations. Over 90% of those hospitalised were aged 34 years or younger while 93% were males. Knee, lower leg and head were the most common regions injured, accounting for 48% of all hospitalisations. Fractures were by far the most common type of injury, accounting for 56% of all hospital admissions. The mean number of bed days for all hospitalisations due to football-related injury was 1.85 days. The estimated direct cost of football-related hospitalisations was close to $44 million.