Football Tasmania offers free female-only referee course

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Football Tasmania is providing opportunities for women and girls to try their hand at refereeing by putting on a free course to help them gain the accreditation needed to officiate in matches.

The Level 4 Course, which is open to females aged 13 and over, is aimed at new and beginner referees and prepares match officials to officiate junior and youth matches.

The program, which runs over three days this weekend at KGV, consists of theory modules, practical sessions and practical mentoring in matches as a referee and assistant referee.

Tasmanian referee Claire Green, who has been reselected to the A-League Women’s panel for the upcoming season, encouraged all Tasmanian women, whether they are currently involved in the sport or not, to consider giving refereeing a try.

“Refereeing is a great way to stay fit, earn money, make lifelong friends and learn some valuable life skills,” Green said via Football Tasmania..

“I hope to see many more girls becoming referees in the next few years. More and more opportunities are arising as the footballing world acknowledges our talent and potential.”

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley added there was a commitment to see more women and girls in leadership roles in football – including as referees.

“It’s been fantastic to see the growth of women and girls taking up the whistle over the past few years, which has risen in line with female player participation,” Bulkeley said via Football Tasmania.

“Tasmania is lucky to have some high achieving female referees who shown just how far you can go in the sport, with Lauren Hargreave appointed to FIFA’s international panel, and Claire Green and Lucy Nothrop joining Lauren on the A-League women’s panel.

“We’re always on the lookout for more referees, and we’d love to see more females join our ranks at the grassroots level and see where refereeing takes them.”

The free female referee course takes place over three sessions at KGV in August (days and times below).

  • Friday 26th from 6pm until 9pm
  • Sunday 28th from 9am until 5pm
  • Wednesday 31st from 6pm until 9pm

To register for the course, click here, or contact refereemgr@footballfedtas.com.au for more information.

FIFA and AFD continue to improve gender equality and education in football

FIFA and the French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développement, AFD) have renewed their memorandum of understanding (MoU), focusing on women’s empowerment and education through football.

Since the first agreement which was signed in 2019, FIFA and the AFD will continue to supply resources to promote unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values through youth-oriented football development programmes, especially in Africa. They will also work on projects involving the protection of children and the promotion of access to sport through the development of infrastructure.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino spoke about the renewed agreement:

“I am very happy that we will continue our strategic alliance with the Agence Française de Développement as it will play an important role in helping us use football as a platform for positive change in society- one of FIFA’s strategic objectives,” he said via media release.

“FIFA and the AFD have many shared aims and by working together, we can make a real difference in the lives of young people, empowering girls and women and helping to provide better education opportunities.”

AFD Cheif Executive Officer Rémy Rioux added in a statement:

“This new partnership agreement with FIFA demonstrates our common desire to unite on the same team, the world football and that of financial development. Through its impact on education, health, social cohesion and gender equality, football is an accelerator in the field of sustainable development,” he said.

“It opens a space where young people and communities are at the centre of the game to learn, express themselves, and emancipate themselves. By continuing this commitment, we are kicking off, through football, new educational and inclusive perspectives for all.”

This continued partnership will allow improved collaboration between AFD’s interventions and FIFA’s programmes, such as FIFA Forward and Football for Schools, which aims to make football more accessible for everyone to play. It will also allow them to pursue their engagement in the inclusive sport academies project which supports the development of sport academies in Africa.

PFA release Matildas report on the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup outlining success

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) have published a new report on the Matildas and the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that showcase positive numbers regarding the growth of the women’s game.

After a successful World Cup and a record-breaking A-League Women’s campaign in many areas, this comprehensive report is a guideline to FIFA and the AFC on how to tackle the current problems and challenges.

The report presents four pivotal recommendations that they believe will significantly contribute to the ongoing growth and success of women’s football. These include:

– A-League Women Professionalisation

The report suggests that it is imperative that the A-League Women adopts full-time professionalism as soon as possible to allow players to maximise their potential and produce the next generation of Matildas.

It currently lacks in that department compared to the top European leagues and is under threat from falling behind.

The A-League Women’s league has provided a crucial development platform for Australian football’s most successful, valuable, and powerful assets.

Every Matilda named in the World Cup squad had played in the A-League Women’s competition, playing a combined 1,953 matches prior to the World Cup.

– Equal World Cup Prize Money

Prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup was one quarter that of the 2022 Men’s World Cup. FIFA has suggested it intends to equalise prize money for the 2026-2027 cycle, but it has added a caveat that this is contingent on commercial outcomes.

However, the PFA pushes for FIFA to start their commitment now in order to build a foundation that will breed marketing and commercial success rather than wait.

The evidence from this recent World Cup suggests commercial success and potential is there if the funding gets lifted to allow it to grow.

– Increased Club Solidarity Fund

The report’s third recommendation, an increased Club Solidarity Fund, is an urgent call to action.

The Women’s World Cup Club Solidarity Fund for 2023 was US$11.5 million, just 5.5% of the men’s 2022 fund.

A substantial increase to the Women’s World Cup Club Solidarity Fund for 2027 would provide a massive stimulus package to women’s football and unlock investment in the environments where players spend the majority of their time.

The PFA consider this to be an imperative move.

– Player input into Scheduling

As the women’s football calendar expands, the report emphasises the importance of including players in decision-making processes.

In the report, it suggested FIFPRO found that 60% of World Cup players felt they did not have enough rest after the tournament before returning to club duties. Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley played for Arsenal just 17 days after the World Cup final.

Ensuring player welfare and competition integrity will create a sustainable and thriving environment for women’s football.

In the Executive Summary, it outlined many statistics and facts to come as a result of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Funding

The tournament generated a significant amount of money for a range of stakeholders. Football Australia (FA) estimated the tournament provided $1.32 billion in economic benefits to Australia.

FA’s Legacy ’23 strategy unlocked $398 million of government funding for women’s sports facilities and programs, of which two thirds would primarily benefit football.

‘The Golden Generation’

The home World Cup aligned with the peak of the Matildas’ golden generation of players. Fifteen of the squad were also part of the 2019 World Cup. The eight players aged between 28 and 30 played 59% of the Australia’s match minutes at the tournament. The data flags that there is a challenging period of transition on the horizon.

A-League Women’s growth

A-League Women clubs have also benefited from an organic increase in attendances and memberships as a result of the World Cup’s success.

This includes holding records such as Average attendance, Total attendance, Most in a single game, and Most memberships in league history.

CBA Competitive Advantage

Nearly two thirds (64%) of the Matildas felt their Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was a competitive advantage at the World Cup. The CBA guaranteed world class conditions in the four years preceding the tournament (equal to the Socceroos).

Great conditions

The player survey found generally positive feedback about the conditions, facilities, and environment during the World Cup camp.

The legacy and impact this World Cup has left this country is immense, with the numbers in the report suggesting many avenues like the future of the Matildas and the domestic league are progressing at an alarmingly high rate.

Conclusion:

The four recommendations made by the FA do suggest change is imperative and the product still has a long way to go before it maximises its commercial and on field growth but overall the report was quite positive.

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