Matildas Visit To Ignite Player Recruitment Drive

Matildas, FFV and Clubs To Put More Women & Girls Players On Victoria's Pitches

Football Federation Victoria today welcomed the announcement by the Victorian State Government of two Westfield Matildas matches against China in Victoria in November.

A statewide drive to engage more than 320 FFV-affiliated clubs will accompany the matches at AAMI Park on Wednesday November 22 and at Geelong's Simonds Stadium on Sunday November 26.

The Matildas, currently sixth in the FIFA World Rankings have been thrilling fans this year by winning the Tournament of Nations in the United States playing in front of huge crowds at Penrith Stadium (15,089) and McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle (16,829) against Brazil.

FFV provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play football, including entry level to the game at MiniRoos and social and competitive competitions for juniors and seniors. FFV also administers the state's talented player pathway (Women's National Premier Leagues) which provides players to the Westfield W-League.

Increasing the number of women and girls playing is one of the FFV's top priorities as it embarks on a new strategic plan to take the game forward.

FFV President Kimon Taliadoros said the Matildas matches were an exciting opportunity to spark more than 300 Victorian clubs into a player recruitment drive.

"Our Matildas are the flagship sporting team in the country right now and are only going from strength to strength," Mr Taliadoros said.

"FFV thanks the Andrews Labor Government and Football Federation Australia for their hard work in bringing two marquee matches to Victoria.

"This Matildas visit is a call to action for FFV and more than 320 member clubs to do everything we can to capture the excitement and have every woman and girl who wants to play football pull on their boots and have a kick.

"Whether it is our talented players who one day dream of becoming Matildas themselves, or players inspired by the Matildas who want to play The Beautiful Game. FFV will be there to make finding a club and getting registered and ready to play as easy as possible.

"There has never been a better time for our Victorian clubs to open their doors, engage their local communities and embrace the enthusiasm our women and girls have for football."

FFV's new strategic plan will also prioritise female friendly facilities and female representation on the governing body's Board and various committees and representative groups.

Victorian Minister for Sport, the Hon John Eren MP, said "we want to grow women's football and create more opportunities for women in sport.

"Bringing the Matildas to Melbourne and regional Victoria will do just that."

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Match Details

Westfield Matildas v China PR

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kick Off: 7:30pm (AEDT)

Westfield Matildas v China PR

Simonds Stadium, Geelong

Sunday 26 November 2017

Kick-Off: 4:30pm (AEDT)

TICKET DETAILS (Both matches)

General Public

General Admission

Adults - $20

Concession - $15

Child - $10

Family - $40

Tickets on sale to the General Public from 12pm (AEST), Tuesday 26 September 2017


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