Australia’s bid for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup gets the support it needs


Australia is considering themselves as a contender to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and with commitment already made towards the cause, we could be seeing some of the world’s best in our own country.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has given praise to the Queensland government after they put their hand up to commit towards the bid to get the FIFA Women’s World Cup here in Australia.

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane would be the main venue that would host several matches being played throughout the tournament.

The New South Wales Government has also given their support for this bid, and it is sure to encourage other states to lend and continue their support.

FFA has already received $5 million in funds from the Australian Government in preparation for the bid, showing that there is some keen interest to getting a major tournament down under.

FFA Chief Executive David Gallop gave the Queensland government credit.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the Queensland Government.  The confirmation of this support and the inclusion of Brisbane as a proposed Host City significantly strengthens Australia’s bid, he said.

“This will secure an outstanding legacy for female sport in Queensland and Australia, powering FFA’s drive towards Gender Equality in Football.

“Suncorp Stadium is a magnificent venue of football, and the prospect of hosting World Cup matches there is an extremely exciting one for the Westfield Matildas and everyone at FFA.

Representatives from Queensland have spoken of the importance hosting these type of events.

“We want Queensland to be known as a world-class destination for major events.  Hosting World Cup teams could make Queensland the centre of attention for a massively growing global audience, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“It’s a big prestigious event, televised round the world and FIFA reports it attracted an audience of more than a billion during the tournament in France earlier this year.

The success of the 2019 tournament in France has led to a decision by FIFA to expand the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to a 32-team tournament up from 24.”

“Hosting this event would be a game changer for women’s sport in our state, Queensland Minister for Tourism Industry Development Kate Jones said.

“The Matildas captured the attention of the world at this year’s World Cup in France. But there is nothing like playing on home soil.

“To give the Matildas the chance to play in Queensland would do great things to promote gender equality and encourage more women and girls into sport in our state.”

FIFA will announce the host of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in May next year.

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

John Moriarty Football supported by Football NSW and Tom Sermanni

Football NSW & John Moriarty

Last week, Football NSW assisted John Moriarty Football in their outstanding work in Dubbo and the surrounding areas in a number of special activities.

A number of Community Coaching Workshops were conducted as a part of a week-long dedication to football at both the Narromine Sports Complex for the Narromine Soccer Club and the Westside Panthers Club.

An additional trip was made to the township of Peak Hill, where JMF led a range of school holiday clinics for excited youngsters.

The Football NSW team who attended the event were headed up by Football NSW Technical Director Warren Grieve and Regional Football Manager Andrew Fearnley, with former Matildas and current Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni appearing as a special guest.

Coaches from the Narromine Soccer Club and the Westside Panthers Club were treated to information evenings aimed at further developing and upskilling them with a focus on fostering natural development.

Enthusiastic grassroots coaches in attendance had the opportunity to discuss with the technical staff key points around the ‘Discovery Phase’ (coaching children aged 5-9) for the upcoming grassroots season.

Football NSW has actively supported John Moriarty Football’s coaches in recent years with tailormade coaching development courses focused on guiding them through their Indigenous clinic-based programs and providing development workshops targeting best practices on and off the pitch.

In a sign of the growing popularity of the game and of the immense work being done by John Moriarty Football, club officials and volunteers, Peak Hill FC will field a number of MiniRoos teams in the competition based out of Parkes for the first time in 15 years.

“Whilst supporting the JMF coaches, it has also been a great opportunity to provide regional clubs and communities with discovery phase workshops tailored to providing safe, fun, and engaging training sessions,” Football NSW Technical Director Warren Grieve said.

Football Ferns boss Tom Sermanni, who is currently preparing his side for their Tokyo Olympics campaign, reaffirmed the positive and enjoyable atmosphere of the experience.

“The week has been great. I have had a fantastic few days at the JMF clinics and seen some terrific talent on display across all ages.”

“Furthermore, the various coaches involved and their ability to teach, motivate and interact with the players was outstanding and I look forward to hearing of how they progress in the coming years on their own coaching journey.”

NSW Government pledges more than $4 million to community sport

Community soccer

The NSW Government’s Local Sport Grants Program is set to provide over $4 million to more than 700 community organisations across the state.

The Local Sport Grants Program comes as a fantastic development for the state’s community sporting organisations who have faced immense obstacles as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The program provides sporting organisations with the necessary funding to increase and remove barriers for potential participants, purchase sporting equipment and to improve infrastructure with 831 grants awarded to a total of 728 sporting organisations representing 58 unique sports.

The Local Sport Grants Program grants sporting organisations with up to $20,000 for projects which are focused on sport development, sport access and facility development. It reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring that grassroots and community sport can once again thrive in the wake of what was a formidable year prior.

The NSW Government’s Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee, acknowledged the welcome reprieve that the Local Sport Grants Program will provide for communities across NSW as they move to overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic, bushfires and floods have created significant uncertainty for local communities across NSW,” he said.

“Sport is the glue which keeps local communities together, and these grants acknowledge the importance of sport within our local communities, plus recognise the considerable contribution our army of sporting volunteers make on a daily basis.

“The Local Sport Grant Program is structured to help increase participation, improve facilities and increase investment, particularly in women’s sport, enabling more women and girls to participate.

“Whether it’s providing opportunities for people with a disability to play football at Randwick Football Club, purchasing jerseys and equipment for the Wiradjuri Warrior’s women’s rugby league teams or buying uniforms and equipment for multicultural kids at Rockdale City Raiders Football Club, these grants play a vital role in giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport.”

For further information on the Local Sport Grants Program, you can find it here.

Football Australia signs expanded partnership with rebel

Football Australia has announced a multi-year expanded partnership with rebel - Australia's largest sports retailer.

Football Australia has announced a multi-year expanded partnership with rebel, as Australia’s largest sports retailer has signed on to be the official sponsor of Football Australia and the Westfield Matildas through to 2024.

The partnership will support the growth of the women’s game and grassroots football across the nation. The news comes as the Westfield Matildas are currently in Europe preparing for international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands this month.

The partnership matches the core business of rebel, who want to encourage Australians to live a healthy and active lifestyle doing the sports they love. Football Australia’s mission is to achieve gender parity in participation by 2027.

With Football Australia and rebel sharing similar values, they will focus on initiatives that inspire more females to play sport, as Football Australia aims to secure over 400,000 new female participants over the next six years.

The ‘Sport is Calling’ platform will be used by rebel to motivate women and girls to unlock health and social benefits of pulling on football boots for the first time – this inspires ambitious players to reach their potential by promoting Westfield Matildas’ training regimes.

The partnership links to Football Australia’s MiniRoos program, which will also include a content strategy to bring football fans and rebel customers closer to the action. There will be exclusive, money-can’t-buy opportunities on offer for rebel active members.

rebel General Manager Customer & Marketing, Jennifer Gulliver:

“rebel is passionate about supporting women’s sport and women’s football and to sponsor Australia’s most loved team in the Westfield Matildas is something the whole organisation is behind.”

“We can’t wait to inspire the next generation of girls over coming years, and perhaps help a few realise their dreams of becoming a Westfield Matilda in the future.”

rebel Managing Director, Gary Williams:

“In just two days’ time the Westfield Matildas will return to international action for the first time since March 2020, which will provide inspiration to thousands of girls and boys across Australia’s football family who are preparing to play the game at community and grassroots levels throughout 2021. This unique timing only adds to our excitement to continue our support of football in Australia.”

“With our ‘Sport is Calling’ mantra, rebel is committed to growing sports participation across the country, and this partnership with Football Australia will unlock exciting opportunities and offers for rebel’s football fans through an array of online, in-store, and in-stadia experiences.”

Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson:

“We are delighted to have secured another corporate partner for Football Australia that believes in our long-term vision for the sport, including the enormous potential that exists in the women’s and community spaces.”

“rebel has been a long-term partner of football in Australia, and as Australia’s largest sports retailer, is well positioned to help football deliver positive outcomes across the country. As the national governing body, Football Australia looks to work with organisations that will proactively help us supercharge football’s growth.”

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