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100 years of women’s football to be celebrated by Football Queensland

FQ

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.”

Paramount+ to release Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC documentary

Sydney FC

Paramount+ will debut the first of its locally produced sporting documentaries on Friday, 30 September, bringing Australian subscribers a four-part exclusive behind-the-scenes look inside Sydney FC.

Produced by Mint Pictures and narrated by Golden Globe winner and Sydney FC fan Anthony LaPaglia, the Paramount+ Original series will be titled Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC. The series will take viewers inside Sydney FC men’s and women’s teams during the most transformational year in the club’s history – the club’s 2021/22 A-League campaigns.

Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC is told through a cast of eclectic characters and those who matter most. Players, coaches, backroom staff and fans have all been captured exclusive on and off the pitch, with the documentary serving as the first time a documentary series has followed both the men’s and the women’s teams over the course of a tumultuous season.

The four-part series will give viewers real-life sporting drama that delivers triumph and disaster, hope and despair, agony, and ecstasy – the perfect binge-worthy football documentary ahead of the return of the Isuzu UTE A-League and Liberty A-League seasons.

Over the last 12 months, Paramount+ has been Australia’s fastest-growing streaming service and has hosted 981 hours of Australian entertainment content, 734 hours of Australian sport, and has seen 11 Australian commissions announced since its launch.

Football Queensland opens nominations for 2022 Football in Queensland Awards

Football Queensland

Football Queensland will celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and clubs at every level of the game as part of the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.

A new integrated state-wide format for the 2022 season will see award winners recognised at regional level, across a number of categories before representing their region as nominees for the equivalent awards at the state level – to be presented at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 has been an incredibly exciting year for football here in Queensland as we’ve seen the roll-out of connected competitions, providing brand new opportunities for players and clubs across every region as part of the Future of Football 2020+ reform implementation,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said in a statement.

“As we continue to unite the game across the state, Football Queensland is delighted to recognise the fantastic achievements of participants and clubs across each of our regions at local Grand Finals, before our highest achieving community winners are celebrated at state level at the Football in Queensland Awards Night.

“2022 will see a number of new awards presented at community level in each region, including the Protect Our Game Service Award for an individual and club and Service to Football Gold and Platinum Awards.

“In line with the introduction of the connected football pyramid, we’re also excited to present brand new awards at state level recognising the achievements of those from advanced competitions across Queensland including awards for Junior Player of the Year, Academy of the Year and Technical Director of the Year, among others.

“After another challenging year for all involved in our game with seasons extended across many parts of the state due to the weather, we’re looking forward to acknowledging the hard work and achievements of members of our football community, from players to coaches, volunteers and referees, with the 2022 Football in Queensland Awards.”

Nominations are now open for the Community and Service to Football Awards which will be presented at regional level, before winners go on to represent their region as nominees for the state awards.

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