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'Australian football's new era demands a new philosophy'

'Australian football's new era demands a new philosophy'

While COVID19 has in many ways wreaked havoc on Australian football, ironically it has also encouraged clubs and players to be innovative when it comes to training and playing. 30 Jun 2020
‘Sam Kerr’s living my dream...and the whole country’s behind her’

‘Sam Kerr’s living my dream...and the whole country’s behind her’

Matildas past and present have lauded Australia and New Zealand's successful 2023 World Cup bid as a moment that will transcend women's football downunder. 28 Jun 2020
How many fans the World Cup needs to attract for a fully professional W-League

How many fans the World Cup needs to attract for a fully professional W-League

A cost analysis of W-League players having a full season and being paid a full time salary equal to their male counterparts proved to be an interesting exercise. 28 Jun 2020
Legends unite calls to induct 'godfather of women’s football' into Hall of Fame

Legends unite calls to induct 'godfather of women’s football' into Hall of Fame

Women’s football in NSW was on the cusp of something special in the 1960s. After being banned from playing in 1922, women who loved football decided they would push through the barriers rather than be suppressed by them. 22 Jun 2020
Former Matildas coach hankering for 'bloody awesome' World Cup

Former Matildas coach hankering for 'bloody awesome' World Cup

FFA Hall of Famer and former Matildas coach Trixie Tagg believes Australia and New Zealand would be the perfect hosts for the 2023 World Cup 15 Jun 2020
Women’s football will rise again insists Cannuli

Women’s football will rise again insists Cannuli

Former Matilda and current Western Sydney Wanderers W-League assistant coach, Catherine Cannuli, is confident women’s football in Australia will overcome the many challenges that lay ahead. 11 Jun 2020
The Matildas' first World Cup icon reveals what 2023 would mean to her

The Matildas' first World Cup icon reveals what 2023 would mean to her

It was 25 years ago this past weekend when the Matildas made their World Cup debut in the lakeside city of Vasteras, in central Sweden. 7 Jun 2020
The 'breathtaking' 1995 first Australian side to make the World Cup

The 'breathtaking' 1995 first Australian side to make the World Cup

On a balmy spring evening in November of 2005, John Aloisi’s famous penalty propelled the Socceroos into their first World Cup in 32 years. 7 Jun 2020
The Matildas Hall of Famer who didn't kick a ball until 24

The Matildas Hall of Famer who didn't kick a ball until 24

Pat O’Connor admits she didn’t know much about soccer and literally hadn’t even kicked a ball until she was 24. 3 Jun 2020
Business as usual for Milicic, Matildas and Macarthur

Business as usual for Milicic, Matildas and Macarthur

The Macarthur FC Bulls are continuing with their plans for 2020/21, with the club’s inaugural coach Ante Milicic expected to fulfil his contract, despite his unfinished business with the Matildas. 1 Jun 2020
Meet Angela: The first Australian to score at a World Cup

Meet Angela: The first Australian to score at a World Cup

Trivia question. Who scored Australia’s first ever goal at a World Cup? If you said Tim Cahill, the legendary Socceroos striker, you would be wrong. 30 May 2020
Raffles and car washes: The unknown story of the 1975 ‘Original Soccer Legends’

Raffles and car washes: The unknown story of the 1975 ‘Original Soccer Legends’

While Australia’s game against New Zealand at Seymour Shaw Park in 1979 is officially recognised as our first ever women’s international, truth be told, an Australian team made its debut on the international stage four years earlier in Hong Kong. 22 May 2020
North Geelong Warriors: A feminine touch to football

North Geelong Warriors: A feminine touch to football

The North Geelong Warriors have a storied history in Victorian football. 3 May 2020
'Please don't go back to normal' plead Matildas hall of famers

'Please don't go back to normal' plead Matildas hall of famers

Former Matilda greats and FFA Hall of Famers Alison Forman and Joey Peters have differing but equally important messages for the powers that be as football recovers from the COVID19 crisis. 22 Apr 2020
Legends look forward after 100 'amazing' Matildas years

Legends look forward after 100 'amazing' Matildas years

While 2020 may yet prove a dismal year for women's football, 2021 will be unforgettable. 16 Apr 2020
Madison Pfaender: A testament to NPLW pathways

Madison Pfaender: A testament to NPLW pathways

The development of female footballers through Football Victoria’s (FV) NPLW program often invokes passionate debate. 13 Apr 2020
W-League legend turned coaching prodigy talks Stajcic influence

W-League legend turned coaching prodigy talks Stajcic influence

Western Sydney Wanderers’ assistant coach Catherine Cannuli is touted by many as one of Australian football’s brightest future coaching prospects. 8 Apr 2020
Dismal coaching stats show 'exceptional' women aren't getting a chance

Dismal coaching stats show 'exceptional' women aren't getting a chance

Developing elite level women coaches is the next frontier for football in Australia according to Bentleigh Cobras State League championship winning coach, Aish Ravi. 3 Apr 2020
'Any sport that cuts women will be digging their grave'

'Any sport that cuts women will be digging their grave'

There is a growing uneasiness among the female sporting fraternity in Australia about the devastating consequences of COVID-19 on their sport. 2 Apr 2020
'The field was hand-cut': Former Matildas' 'scariest' 90s North Korean adventure

'The field was hand-cut': Former Matildas' 'scariest' 90s North Korean adventure

It was 1998. The internet was a relatively new concept. Social media hysteria didn’t exist. COVID19 wouldn’t stop the world in its tracks for another two decades. 30 Mar 2020
Western Sydney's 'history making' legacy is its youth

Western Sydney's 'history making' legacy is its youth

Before COVID19 reared its ugly head, the 2019/20 W-League season had more than its fair share of drama and excitement. 29 Mar 2020