Sydney Harbour Bridge to hold festival of football for the FIFA Women’s World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 and Destination NSW have teamed up to transform Sydney’s iconic landmark on Sunday, June 25.

Dubbed the festival of football, it will celebrate the 25 days remaining until the official kick-off of FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023.

The exciting event will provide fantastic views of Sydney, where it will be a celebration of football, culture and community, all free to the public to attend.

As part of the celebration, fans will experience the unique opportunity of walking, jogging or dancing across Sydney Harbour Bridge, acknowledging all participating nations and creating fan engagement activations.

It’s expected that thousands of fans will take part, involving grassroots and multicultural communities, coupled with local and international football legends  FIFA and NSW Government representatives will also be present.

“Football unites the world, and this month on the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge the power of our game to bring people together will once again be showcased,” FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said via press release:

“This FIFA Women’s World Cup will truly be a unique event and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With its thriving culture and world-class experiences, Sydney is a fantastic location to celebrate the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Sydney Harbour Bridge will be the perfect setting to rally and unite our communities and create an enticing and distinctive experience that truly goes Beyond Greatness.”

Sydney will be one of the prominent nations throughout the upcoming tournament, hosting 11 matches in two venues, while also having the privilege of hosting the final.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is another mega event for Sydney, attracting thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of dollars in visitor expenditure for the state. NSW is ready to host football fans, families and visitors in Sydney to cheer on their favourite team at one of the biggest tournaments in the world,” Minister for Jobs and Tourism, John Graham, said via press release.

“Akin to hosting the first Women’s World Cup south of the equator, being part of this activation on our iconic bridge on June 25 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I encourage football fans to get involved in the opportunity to help showcase our state and women’s football to the world.”

The Sydney Harbour Bridge will close to traffic on Sunday, June 25 from 4.00am to 10.30am (local time) for the FIFA Women’s World Cup event. The Sydney Harbour Tunnel will remain open, but delays are expected. Trains will continue to operate across the bridge and the footpath and cycleway will remain open. For more information on public transport visit transportnsw.info and for details on road closures visit livetraffic.com.

Click here register to be part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Sydney Harbour Bridge celebrations.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will run from July 20 – August 20, 2023. To secure your tickets visit fifa.com/tickets.

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Vince Rugari of the Sydney Morning Herald broke the news on Tuesday claiming the highly ambitious second tier was likely going to be put on hold after the original plan was to have 10 to 14 foundation clubs forming a separate league, without promotion or relegation to start.

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There has been a lack of a clear message from Football Australia across the past 12 months. The eight foundation clubs were left on standby about important information like the correct format, whether it was going to expand to 10 or 12 teams that Football Australia promised multiple times, or when the league would actually kick off in winter of 2025 or beyond that considering the shaky A-League finances being the main subject of discussion surrounding the initial success of the NSD.

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Football Australia CEO James Johnson told The Asian Game exclusively that “we will have a (national) second tier it will exist,” but the home and away format played during the winter is a long shot and the foundation clubs are left in limbo wondering what their immediate futures are considering the heavy financial investment they will have to make if it goes ahead.

This whole saga has been a case of Football Australia pushing away the problems that quickly arose from this ambitious idea and being too reactive when it comes to finding a solution that would be fair for the foundation clubs financially.

The NSD must wait and not force itself into a fragile Australian football landscape that has many more issues it must worry about in the top flight before building a second division that could financially damage some of the most historic clubs in Victoria and NSW.

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The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

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