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Female Football Week National Community Awards 2018

April 05, 2018 By: Penny Category: Football West

Football West would like your input in the rebel Female Football Week National Community Awards nomination process, so we invite you to nominate someone for each of the award categories.
The rebel Female Football Week National Community Awards 2018acknowledge the important role women play in developing football in Australia. Each Member Federation has the opportunity to nominate a Female Player of the Year, Female Coach of the Year, Female Administrator of the Year, Female Referee of the Year and a Male Champion of the Year.

A panel including members from Football Federation Australia and supporting partners will review the nominations from each state and determine the award winners. There will be one winner per category and each will receive a prize.

The award winners will be announced during rebel Female Football Week, which runs from March 4 to 10, 2018.

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Annie Leyland
Football West | Development Officer

What is rebel Female Football Week?

rebel Female Football Week (FFW) was originally established by Football Member Federations in 2014 with the aim to shine the spotlight on girl’s and women in football and grow female participation at the grassroots level

rebel FFW has evolved into a nationwide initiative whereby all stakeholders, both grassroots and professional, work towards making the game a more inclusive sport for females

rebel FFW provides football stakeholders with a platform to spark discussions around gender equality and to amplify new and existing female specific programs and events to ensure we remove the barriers to entry for women and girls

Females make up 50% of the population, it is footballs long term vision to have this gender split reflected in our sport at all areas of the game. rebel FFW presents an opportunity for football to review current practices and ensure they are designed to increase and retain female players, administrators, coaches, referees and fans

Lastly, rebel FFW provides football with an opportunity to recognise the amazing achievements of women and girls in football. Additionally, women’s football has grown from strength to strength over the years, it’s the perfect time to celebrate the fantastic progress that’s been made in this space

For more information on rebel Female Football Week and its’ ambassadors click here

Female Football Week

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Club Noticeboard

Female Football Week

staff writer
There is a hive of activity happening around the country during Female Football Week. See a list of the major events here.

Football Federation South Australia

Event: Celebration of Women’s Sport

Date: Wednesday 8 March (International Women’s Day)

Time: 6.00pm

Where: The Parks Football Centre (Cowan Street, Angle Park SA)

Price: FREE

Details: The Celebration of Women’s Sport will feature a variety of elite female athletes from various sports including Adelaide United’s W-League captain Stella Rigon, Adelaide Thunderbirds netball captain Adelaide Thunderbirds and Adelaide Crows AFL Women’s player Sarah Perkins.

Come and Try Activations for these various sports will also be held along with ALDI Australia MiniRoos sessions with several local Clubs taking part.

The launch of the ‘Girls Can, Women Can’ video by Katrine Hildyard – Chair of the SA Women in Sport Taskforce, will also take place before Q&A’s and signing sessions with elite female athletes.

Following these formalities, two matches from Round 2 of the 2017 PlayStation 4 Women’s NPL South Australia will be played simultaneously between Metro United WFC (2016 Champions) vs. West Adelaide and Adelaide City vs. Adelaide University.

This event will also act as the opening of the second artificial pitch at The Parks Football Centre facility.

For more information contact Football Federation South Australia on (08) 8340 3088.


Northern NSW Football

Event: Female Football Seminar with a focus on evidence-based strategies to engage and empower girls through football

Date: Thursday 9 March

Time: 6-9pm

Where: Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (13 Park Road, Speers Point NSW 2284)

Price: FREE

Places are limited – register now

Guest speaker: Professor Phil Morgan from the University of Newcastle

Details: To provide information to coaches, managers, interested parents and committees on the most effective ways to engage and empower females in football and sport.

CLICK HERE for more information

For more information contact: Nyssa Suchanow (02) 4941 7206


Football NSW

Event: 2017 #InspireConnectPlay Female Football Festival

Date: Thursday 9 March

Time: 9.30am-2pm

Where: Valentine Sports Park (235-237 Meurants Lane, Glenwood NSW 2768)

Price: FREE

Details: Providing opportunities for girls to connect with others from different communities, play team building and football games, and be inspired by role models.


Australia has a large and diverse multi-cultural landscape within one in four Australian’s born overseas and one in two have an overseas-born parent. In the 2016 Outdoor season Football NSW had over 22,000 players born overseas representing 11% Male and 7% Female players born overseas. Furthermore, Australia is set to increase its intake of refugees to nearly 19,000 over the coming years. The purpose of the program is to provide football opportunities for various community groups such as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and multicultural groups including refugees.

Barriers to Participation for CALD and Multi-cultural groups

  • Cultural Barriers – low CALD diversity in many sport organisations
  • Language barriers – communication
  • Financial Barriers (Cost) – registration, transport, uniforms etc.
  • Time Pressure – not enough time to participate or too many other commitments
  • Community cultural barriers – sport not a priority in some communities.


To celebrate Female Football Week and International Women’s Day, Football United and Creating Chances in partnership with Football NSW and Sydney FC, invites selected female program participants to take part in a day of fun team building and football activities. The purpose of the event is to provide opportunities for female participants of our programs, with an interest in sport (especially football) to CONNECT with girls from different communities, PLAY teambuilding games and football games, and BE INSPIRED by role models from Football United, Creating Chances, Football NSW and Sydney FC.

Football United and Creating Chances believes in the importance of providing opportunities for our youth to interact with inspiring female leaders, particularly on a day which celebrates the achievements of women. One of our core focus areas is women and girls’ empowerment through football with our Strong Women. Strong World initiative. We focus on building the capacity of young women from diverse communities with the skills required to navigate life effectively and contribute to the wider Australian community as agents of positive social change.

Football NSW has a clear vision to increase female participation in every Association across the state. Within Sydney Football NSW is exploring opportunities to increase female participation in the associations with the lowest female participation rates. This includes Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, Bankstown District Amateur Football Association and Granville & Districts Soccer Football Association. Football NSW wants to make football accessible to everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, ability level or background.

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Capital Football

Event: Female Football Forum

Date: Wednesday 15 March

Time: 6.30pm

Where: University of Canberra

CLICK HERE to register

Tickets: $10 (canapes and drinks provided)

Guest speakers: The panel will include a current Westfield Matilda, a professional female sports analyst and a female Hyundai A-League match official.

Details: This Q&A forum will give an insight into the path that a number of women have taken to their current roles in the sporting world. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their own questions and learn from these women to become empowered to take on leadership roles.


Football Federation Tasmania

Event: Girls Football Festival

Date: Saturday 18 March

Time: 9.30am-11.00am

Where: Wellesley Park, South Hobart

Details: Hosted by the Central Region Soccer Association in conjunction with FFT, the Girls Football Festival gives girls aged 5-13 the chance to enjoy a fun morning of football activities with former Westfield W-League Canberra United Head Coach Rae Dower and the 2016/17 leading scorer Ash Sykes.

The morning will include fun football activities, small-sided games and a big blow up football field!

Entry is FREE

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FFA launches Female Football Week Hackathon

March 22, 2017 By: Penny Category: Football in the Media



Staff writer
Football Federation Australia, in partnership with Coder Factory Academy and Node Girls Australia, will be hosting the first digital Hackathon aimed at fostering and creating innovation for Women’s Football.

The Hackathon will take place over a weekend during Female Football Week, with participants spending their time creating and developing digital solutions that could be used to help improve the experience for girls participating in football and the Westfield W-League fan engagement.

Participants of the Female Football Week Hackathon will tackle one of two challenge areas:

  • To improve the ability, access and pathway for females to become involved in the game of football as a player, coach, referee or volunteer; or
  • To bring football fans closer to the action and enable greater digital fan engagement with the Westfield W-League.

FFA’s Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football, Emma Highwood, believes that the Hackathon is a fantastic, innovative way for girls to be introduced to football through the digital medium.

“This event is all about empowering girls to realise their potential – and what better way to facilitate that process than through football” said Highwood.

“Playing football and participating in this Hackathon share something in common. They both involve high speed problem solving to achieve an end goal.

“Our goal for this event is to get the participants to think about football in a different way to which they probably have in the past.

“We can’t wait to see what these talented young women will produce at this fantastic event,” concluded Highwood.

The Hackathon will be held from 17-19 March at Coder Factory Academy (Level 2, 7 Kelly St, Ultimo). Nominations are open from today at with the application window closing at 11:59pm Thursday 9 March. The Hackathon will be capped at 150 participants and successful applicants will be notified on Friday 10 March.

Hackathon Event Information

Dates: 17-19 March, 2017

Venue: Coder Factory Academy, Level 2, 7 Kelly St, Ultimo

Nominations Close: March 9, 2017

Acceptance of Nominations Confirmed: March 10, 2017

Cost: Free

What is a Hackathon?

A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a short, intensive session where teams are given a problem area, data, tools, and bring their own skills and resources to solve chosen challenges.

The teams are made up of individuals with diverse skills sets, including computer programmers, product managers, user experience designers and subject matter experts.

Ideas can range from new digital features or content to entirely new digital products, ideally leveraging latest innovations and technologies (e.g. native app functionality, live video, wearables, VR/AR, artificial intelligence etc.)

At the conclusion of the Hackathon, teams demo their products to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes and to have their idea further developed into a customer facing solution.

What are some challenge examples participants could work on?

Here are some challenge examples to get the creative minds working…

·         Create software to assist Community Football Clubs with recruiting more females at their club (players, coaches, referees and administrators).

·         Create a platform whereby the female football network can communicate and share information.

·         Create an app that will generate interest amongst parents and drive participation outcomes for the Aldi MiniRoos for Girls program.

·         Develop a game to generate interest in the Westfield W-League.

·         Create a product that engages fans at the venue on a match day.

·         Visualise Westfield W-League match stats and present some interesting views which can be shared across digital products.

·         Create a portal for grassroots clubs to reach out / post / advertise and recruit new and existing females in football.

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