Inaugural Female Football Week a success

More than 250 participated in over 10 events

Football Federation Victoria’s inaugural Female Football Week – a national initiative to celebrate the immense growth of the women’s game and recognise the players, coaches’, referees and administrators responsible for this success – concluded earlier this month and has been hailed as a huge success by FFV CEO Peter Gome.

“Female Football Week is a great initiative to increase the involvement of females in football, and we will be doing lots more for girls and women in the next 12 months," Gome said.

As football participation across the State continues to surge, the week-long festival, which included International Women’s Day on March 6, also coincided with the Westfield Matildas' successful qualifying campaign for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

More than 250 girls/women participated in over 10 events throughout the week, which also included the launch of the PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria Women's and the Team App Cup draw.

Over 80 girls took part in a MiniRoos “come and try” session held at the State Football Centre in Darebin and a skills development clinic facilitated by Zagame's Women's State League 1 side Ballarat Eureka Strikers.

But the kids didn't have all the fun.

There was also a 7-a-side social pickup game targeted at mothers and women with little/no playing experience, a workshop on engaging women and girls targeted at administrators, as well as all-female coaching and referee courses.

The latter marked some notable firsts for football in Victoria.

Until now, there has never been an all-female referee course held in the State, and for the first time ever, FFV ran two all-female community coaching courses concurrently.

All up, 40 women availed of the training.

Fees for both courses were also slashed as part of a new push to encourage more women into non-playing roles.

The new focus on female participation also saw five scholarships awarded to regionally-based women to attend the FFA/AFC C Youth Licence in Geelong.

A further notable feature of the week was the promotion across FFV media channels of many of the women who are championing girl’s/women’s involvement in football.

The media campaign featured the likes of former Matilda and current FIFA Executive Committee member Moya Dodd, Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins – both of whom spoke at last year’s Women in Football Network Town Hall event – as well as women participating “on the field” such as Westfield W-League referee Laura Moya, and coaches Lia Privatelli (Templestowe United FC) and Samantha Stallbaum (Ringwood SC).

Based on this success, it has been confirmed that Female Football Week will now become an annual event.

For more information on girls and women in football, head over to the Women in Football Network page.

If you are interested in attending a referee course, please register here.

If you are interested in attending a coaching course, please register here.

If you are a mother or women with little/no playing experience, but would like to give it a go, please register here.

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