Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How Many People Play Squash ?

Depending on who you ask, you will receive a very different answer to the question, “How many people play squash?” 

Finding accurate information regarding squash participation is no easy task. However, it is possible to get a general idea based on information provided by some of the larger nations. We’ll allow you to draw your own conclusions about the numbers above and below.
Using World Squash Federation’s numbers, 20,000,000 players world-wide and 50,000 courts would require an average of 400 players per court across the globe. 

England is regarded as a, if not the, leading squash nation. They have approximately 8,500 courts and 500,000 players[i]. With 500,000 players and 8,500 courts, they have approximately 59 players per court.

Assuming World Squash’s figures, England has roughly 17% of the world’s courts (8,500÷50,000) but only  2.5% of the world’s players (500,000÷20,000,000).

United States
There are approximately 3,700 squash courts in the U.S. The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association estimates approximately 1,100,000 players in the U.S., which suggests 297 players per court.

France is hosting the Women’s World Team Championships this year. From their website,[ii] they say France has 250,000 people playing squash on 1,300 courts. This would result in 192 players per court in France.

According to the Australian Sports Commission, 108,300 people play squash[iii] on approximately 3,500 courts. This suggests approximately 31 players per court.

According to Squash Ontario[iv], Canada has >250,000 players using 1,810 courts. This suggests >138 players per court in Canada.


  1. well done...these organizations instead of actually admitting they need to do something and maybe a changing of the guard is necessary continue to self promote and make such empty boasts. It is a shame since the sport is so much bigger than these governing bodies. Instead of starting at the grass roots level to attract new players and change the demographics they hold out for something like the olympics which will do little or nothing in attracting new players and is a great boon for those pros who put themselves through a gruelling squash existance. Let the game sell itself, make it avaialble, affordable, get people coaching and promoting and not coaching at 210 per hour and catering to an elite segment of society.

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