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Football Australia recognises former women’s representative players

In an announcement on Monday, Football Australia formally recognised the achievements of 42 former Australian women’s representative players, including members of the 1975 team which participated in the first AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

Following extensive research undertaken by Football Australia’s historians and the recent release of the first-ever AFC Women’s Asian Cup History Book, the Football Australia Board has endorsed the recommendation to celebrate the legacy and contributions of the identified players from the period of 1975 to 2013.

This formal recognition will see former women’s players who participated in the 1975 AFC sanctioned tournament – and players who were selected by the national governing body at the time but did not participate in “A” internationals – welcomed into the national team family.

Football Australia CEO James Johnson was delighted to see the national team family expanded to embrace players who helped lay the foundations of the game today.

“It is important that we celebrate the achievements of those who have contributed so much to our game,” Johnson told Football Australia.

“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 fast approaching, we have a unique opportunity to spotlight women’s football in Australia and the impact these players have made.

“The women who have been recognised today for their accomplishments are a shining example of the rich history of football in our country, which is so closely linked to the Australian story. We are proud to welcome them into the national team’s family.

“It is essential that as we build towards a bold and exciting future for women’s football, we take the time to honour the past and the legacy that we will leverage to take to the sport to the next level through Legacy ’23.”

Football Australia will include the players in their official records. In the coming months, they will formally celebrate them in the presence of the football community.

Below are the players confirmed as per Football Australia:

1975 TEAM: Pat O’Connor (captain), Christel Abenthum, Sue Binnes, Kim Coates, Julie Dolan, Lynn Everett Miller, Trudy Fischer, Cindy Heydon, Vicky Kohen, Sue Larsen, Lynn McKenzie, Connie Selby, Trixie Tagg, Sue Taylor, Stacey Tracy, Gundy Zarins

NATIONALLY SELECTED REPRESENTATIVES:  Nicky Azzato, Toni Bashford, Nella Bertoncini, Michelle Carney, Sue Clayton, Corinne Currey, Emma Davison, Raeanne Dower, Maria Doyle, Tanya Dyer, Lyn Egan, Nicole Green, Jessica Halfpenny, Pelay Ingles, Jodi Jarman, Sara King, Nicole Komorowski, Barbara Kozak, Georgette Leake, Gail Pace, Sharon Pearson, Dimitra Poulos, Joanne Powell, Sue Read, Kerrie Rowe, Kim Schaefer, Connie Selby, Anna Senjuschenko, Kristen Spinner, Stacey Stocco, Janice Stott, Mia Thompson, Teresa Varadi (Kozak), Mara Watts, Monica Werner, Kaye Yardin

* denotes players who have already been previously recognised as part of other teams

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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