Western Australia officially declare support for 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

In recent times, the Victorian and South Australian governments have gotten onside with the 2023 Women’s World Cup hosting bid.

The Matildas are one of, if not our most decorated international sides and to say they deserve to host the largest women’s sporting tournament in the world is a severe understatement.

Ever since the bid was initially proposed, there have been strong suggestions that Perth and the state of WA would be integral to the makeup of the tournament.

On Saturday, WA Premier Mark McGowan and the state government officially declared that the state of Western Australia will indeed be a part of the bid to host a Women’s World Cup.

In theory, a Women’s World Cup would 100% work in Australia, despite clashes with the AFL and NRL seasons. With this in mind, matches at the 100,000 capacity MCG seem to be unlikely.

With that in mind, Perth has become a major talking point when it comes to a host city or where a potential final would be held. Now, with the WA government officially on board with the FFA’s proposed bid, that idea has a base.

The sport of soccer has seen a resurgence to a certain degree in recent times. Perth Glory have re-established themselves as an A-League powerhouse and were unlucky not to be crowned champions last season.

But when it comes to soccer in WA, the main talking point is Sam Kerr.

The Matildas captain is one of the poster girls for women’s soccer all across the globe. She recently made international headlines by signing for Chelsea’s women’s team in England. The Blues currently lead the FA Women’s National League, the Premier League equivalent for women.

She has been and continues to be an inspiration for up and coming soccer players in Australia, especially in her home state of Western Australia.

McGowan subsequently spoke about how it’s a potentially fantastic reward for the Matildas, but how beneficial it could be for his state.

“The WA Government is very excited at the prospect of being part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in 2023,” McGowan said.

“We have also partnered with FFA to secure at least two Socceroos games in Perth, including two guaranteed World Cup qualifiers next year and in 2021.

“The benefits to our State will be significant, in terms of having a major economic impact on and providing a massive increase in exposure to the rest of the world.”

We have previously spoken about the prospect of hosting a Women’s World Cup Down Under in 2023 and how it’s benefits would have no end.

The amount of aspiring female players will skyrocket, with many hoping to emulate the likes of Kerr, Lisa De Vanna, Steph Catley and Chloe Logarzo.

As Premier McGowan outlined, the increase in exposure across the globe would do a world of good. The Matildas are already a highly respected side, currently ranked 8th in the world by FIFA and ahead of international footballing powerhouses like Brazil, Spain and Italy.

The game in Australia would benefit hugely and more fans from around the world would start watching our domestic competitions, both male and female.

Compare this to the way in which Qatar became the number one topic everywhere when it was named the host of the 2022 Men’s World Cup.

When soccer fans think of Qatar, they automatically think to how they are hosting that competition, as well as how they recently stunned the continent of Asia by winning this year’s Asian Cup back in February.

The tournament is still two and a half years away and yet, talk about them and the tournament still continues. Imagine when the tournament actually gets underway.

The bid continues to attract major stakeholders and more and more people are getting #onside with it. It goes to show that women’s sport isn’t just emerging from the shadows, it’s becoming a genuine revolution and now, it’s viewed upon by the majority as just as important as the men’s game.

Let’s hope that the 2023 bid is successful because it would be the sustained interest that soccer in this country needs.


Caelum Ferrarese is a Senior journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on micro policy within Australasia and industry disruptions at grassroots level.

Girls United Development Program a success by growing Queensland football


Football Queensland’s recently implemented Girls United Development Program has proven successful across the state, in the development of young aspiring female coaches.

The Girls United Program has ensured that more than 50 young women from across Queensland are now qualified to coach MiniRoos teams or referee junior matches.

The free Development Programs were held during the September school holidays in Metro South, Metro North, Sunshine Coast and North zones.

FQ Women and Girls Participation Manager Kate Lawson was pleased at the level of interest and engagement from girls throughout the state.

“The Girls United Development Program was a resounding success with 55 girls completing the Level 4 referees’ course and/or the MiniRoos coaching course,” Lawson said.

“For many of the participants, this was their first time they have received any sort of qualification in the referee and coaching space.

“The engagement from the girls was absolutely fantastic, with a number of them showing plenty of promise for the future.

“I’d like to thank the course deliverers and our hosts at Tarragindi Tigers, The Gap FC, Caloundra FC, Nambour Yandina United and FQ North in Townsville.

“Football Queensland will continue to work with clubs from around the state to roll out more Girls United programs in the coming months.”

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci added the Girls United Development Program was helping to grow the game in Queensland.

“The Girls United Development Program is just one of the ways Football Queensland is helping to develop female talent across our game,” Cavallucci said.

“Over the September holidays we ran a series of targeted programs to encourage women and girls’ participation, including social football and sessions designed for older women and multicultural communities.

“Women and girls are the future of football and increasing the number female coaches and referees is a strategic priority as the number of female participants continues to grow.

“We expect many of these young women will continue along the coach or referee pathway and take on positions at clubs around the state.”

Football Victoria opens expressions of interest for Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee

Football Victoria (FV) have announced that expressions of interest are now open for their Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

Football Victoria (FV) have announced that expressions of interest are now open for their Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).

The YAC will unite young women aged between 14-21 to lead positive change in the football industry. The group will have a direct line of communication with Football Victoria and will have a platform to discuss ideas, create change and drive engagement for women & girls in football.

The YAC is representative of the diverse voices of Victoria’s youth, advocates for issues affecting women and girls’ participation and will lead a project that aims to address key issues that women & girls face.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Identify as female.
  • 14-21 years of age.
  • Interested in representing/contributing to the views of young women on participation in football.
  • Interested in developing committee skills and experience with relevance to sport and football.
  • Available to participate in fortnightly meetings and committee activities from October – December 2021 with possibility to extend.

Benefits of Membership:

By joining YAC, you will contribute to the strengthening of links between young women and girls and Football Victoria, whilst being able to inform FV of issues relating to young women and girl’s participation in football.

Further contributions will include:

  • Provision of advice to inform the development of programs and projects specific to young women and girls in football.
  • Conduct research and consultations among young women in Victoria regarding participation in football.
  • Provision of a platform for young women and girls to advocate for priorities that are important to them.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Development of a Youth Action Plan to be presented to the Football Victoria Leadership Group mid December 2021.

FV encourages applications from young people from diverse communities including: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and young people living with a disability/impairment.

If being a part of Football Victoria’s Women & Girls Youth Advisory Committee interests you, submit your expression of interest by 5:00pm Wednesday, October 20, 2021 HERE.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by October 29, 2021. The first meeting of the YAC will follow shortly after.

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