28/02/2024

Sam Kerr projected onto the Opera House. Image @TheMatildas twitter

Football Australia is pleased with the funding pledged to The Matildas from the Australian Government, despite it being less than what was initially requested.

To help women’s football reach its potential, Football Australia has been promised $12 million from the Federal Government.

The funding will help address some of the issues identified in the Performance Gap Report of 2020. The investigation highlighted the need for more frequent senior international matches and increased frequency in youth programs.

Compared to 11 other top football nations, The Matildas played the second-fewest internationals over four years. Australia also had the equal fewest youth team games along with Brazil with only 57 games available to the youth sides. In contrast, the world champions, the U.S.A, played over 200 times between 2016 and 2020.

The increase in funding will see eight more senior Matildas matches added before 2023. International tours and training camps for the youth sides will also be more viable thanks to the influx.

Football Australia C.E.O James Johnson expressed gratitude for the government support.

“We are thrilled that the Australian Government have listened to our research, and have opted to support the Matildas, women’s football, and football broadly as our senior team gears up to compete on home soil in 2023 – an event that will be the biggest on Australian shores since Sydney 2000,” he said.

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“This funding will also provide the next generation of talent the opportunity to play and develop against the world’s best, ensuring that they can perform and act locally, nationally, and internationally as role models.”

The funding announcement also includes support for Football Australia’s Club Development program. Launched in 2019, the initiative aimed to assist administrators and clubs at all levels.

The World Cup is fast approaching and women’s football missed out on vital income and match practice in 2020.

Football Australia initially requested $16 million from the government in February but despite the slight shortfall this is a win for football and Johnson is confident in the future.

“There is so much to come, and a stronger partnership between Governments at all levels and football will unlock the true potential of our sport for everyone in our country, especially leading into the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™.”

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