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

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Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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