Women's Football

Women’s Football

Female Football Week

2nd-10th March 2018

Female Football Week is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the immense growth of women’s football at all levels of the game and acknowledge and promote the important role women play in developing football.

The objective of Female Football Week is to drive female participation at all levels of the game, with a key focus on increasing female player participation. In addition, Football Federation Australia (FFA) aims to drive promotion for women’s football and celebrate women involved in the game.

Throughout the week all Member Federations, as well as Associations and clubs will be actively involved in the delivery of female football events including:

· Female football festivals

· Female coaching and refereeing courses

· MiniRoos for Girls Kick-Off programs

· Westfield W-League and Westfield Matildas signing sessions

Contact your Member Federation representative to find out how you can get involved

Football Federation Victoria  Helen Tyrikos T| 03 9474 1836

Football New South Wales  Jo Fernandes T| 02 8814 4414

Northern New South Wales Football  Nyssa Suchanow T | 02 4941 7206

Capital Football  Merryn Brown T| 02 6260 4000

Football Federation Tasmania  Holly Ayton T| 03 6273 3299

Football Federation South Australia  Tracey Dycer T| 08 8340 3088

Football Queensland Sarah Willington T| 07 3208 2677

Football Northern Territory  Shai Turner T| 08 8928 1006

Football West  Natasha Rigby T| 08 6110 5925

Women’s Football Development Guide

This guide has been created for community football clubs to develop women’s football and increase the number of females participating in the game at all levels.

It contains examples of strategies, initiatives and real life situations to assist clubs in developing programs aimed at servicing and growing the women’s game.

Over 300 female football stakeholders completed a national survey, providing valuable content and advice on female engagement. The survey output was collated and in turn formed the basis of this comprehensive guide. Focus groups with experts from different backgrounds (playing, coaching, refereeing and administration) were also conducted to elicit valuable information. Additionally, female participation research has been sourced from various local and international resources, journal articles, books and websites to provide insight into the needs of females participating in sport.

Click here to access an online version of the Women's Football Development Guide

Women’s football has been the fastest growing part of our sport for several years, and is a real asset that sets us apart from other codes.

Grassroots participation
The growth of the Women’s game has been extraordinary over the last decade. We have healthy participation at the grassroots level with over 20% of all players being female. This equates to well over 100,000 women and girls playing the game week in week out.

With this in mind, FFA and our Member Federations and Associations now have a strong focus on providing girls only football for females aged between 4-11 years. We acknowledge the fact that mixed and same gender football should be provided as an option to young females playing the game.

Girls only football will be provided and promoted via our girls only Miniroos programs.

Westfield W-League
The Westfield W-League grows from strength to strength, evolving to 9 teams last season and is now renowned as one of the best professional women’s leagues in the world featuring some of Australia’s best female players. The support of Westfield as the naming rights partner and ABC and FOX as the broadcast partners have been vital to the success of the Westfield W-League. 

Westfield Matildas
Our Westfield Matildas are ranked 9th in the world after their brilliant performance at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada. The Westfield Matildas made history by advancing to the quarter-finals before losing to reigning AFC Women’s Asian Cup Champions Japan. The Westfield Matildas had a very successful reign as AFC Women's Asian Cup Champions from 2010 to 2014. 

Women's Football Strategy
To capitalise on all of the great stories above, FFA are proud to share the new Women’s Football Strategic Plan 2014-2016.

The Women's Football Strategic Plan seeks to further harness that massive potential over the coming few years in what is expected to be a period of sustained growth.

The key objective of the strategic plan is to make football the most played sport for Australian women and girls, while offering the best possible support to elite players on the domestic and international stage.

Get Involved
There's never been a better time to get involved with women's football in Australia, to do so, click on any of the links below to get started.