Football Queensland have announced upcoming celebrations for the 100-year anniversary of women’s football in the sunshine state.
Friday, September 24 will mark 100 years of women’s football throughout the state of Queensland, with the first public game of women’s football taking place nearly a century ago.
The game is also historically significant given it was the first ever public match of women’s football to be played across the entirety of Australia.
The centenary celebration will be held at the Gabba in Brisbane where the game was held in 1921 between North Brisbane and South Brisbane.
Football Australia CEO James Johnson is excited to see the celebrations that are set to unfold on the day.
“Football Australia is delighted to support Football Queensland in celebrating the past, present and future of the women’s game as we welcome key figures from Australian football to the very place where the first women’s match was played on its 100th anniversary,” he said.
“This is an incredible milestone for football in this country, and a timely celebration not only for Football Queensland but for all of our Member Federations as we prepare to welcome the FIFA Women’s World Cup to our shores in 2023.”
Next month’s celebration of 100 years of women’s football will see every Queensland club invited, for them to hear from guest speakers including FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Chief Operating Officer Jane Fernandez as part of the milestone.
“Football Queensland is honoured to celebrate 100 years of women’s football and the significant contributions of those who shaped the women’s game not only here in our state but across Australia at the upcoming centenary celebrations,” Football Queensland CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this national milestone here in Queensland in what will be a once in a lifetime event for all involved.
“Football Queensland is committed to strengthening opportunities for women and girls to join our game not only as players but also as coaches, referees and volunteers, and the celebration of 100 years of women’s football provides us with the perfect platform to do this as we look ahead to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.”