Former Matildas Theresa Deas has said that if we want to move forward for women's football, new A-League bids need to show more equality.
Deas and Debbie Nichols joined A-League bid Team 11 as ambassadors this week.
Team 11 are one of the 12 clubs who have said they are wanting a W-League licence if granted an A-League licence later this year.
Deas, who is a Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame member has said that support for a W-League side is extremely important.
“I really think if we’re going to go forward for women’s football in this state and in this country then there should be more equality," she told Team 11 media.
“For that reason, I think we should make sure if there are any new A-League bids that we start at the start for both sexes and that every opportunity is given to all people who want to play football, so there is an actual career pathway from grassroots through to elite for every child,” Deas said.
Deas has been capped by the Matildas 18-times capped across a 10-year period and has represented Victoria for 18 years throughout playing days at Dandenong region with Nichols earning 12 caps and played for Victoria for 20 years.
Nichols, who is a Football Federation Victoria Hall of Fame member, is now a junior coach with Southern United in the WNPL.
There announcement as ambassadors comes a week after celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Matildas’ first-ever appearance at a FIFA tournament, where both played.