Women in Football Network launched

More than 100 women have already registered to be a part of the Women in Football Network, with more than 70 turning up for the inaugural breakfast at the MCG.

Football Federation Victoria [FFV] has launched the Women in Football Network as a way of bringing together administrators, coaches, and referees.

The Women in Football Network was officially launched on Saturday morning at MCG during a breakfast and live-screening of the Matildas' FIFA Women's World Cup group stage clash with Nigeria.

Attendees included the Minister for Women Fiona Richardson, Supreme Court Justice Rita Zammit, Vicsport Chairperson Margot Foster AM, and School Sports Victoria CEO Jude Maguire.  The FFV President, some board members and a number of former Matildas also attended.

FFV CEO Peter Gome said the inaugural event was a resounding success, and was just reward for women who give so much to the beautiful game.

"It is well known that women in all sports - including football - are underrepresented and often isolated," Gome said.

"It's time for change.

"Our Women in Football Network invites all women, regardless of role, to get together to share ideas, learn, and support each other."

The Women in Football Network has no barriers for those who can join, with members being aged as young as 16, to those who have been involved in the game for more than half a century.

More than 100 women have already registered to be a part of the network, with more than 70 turning up for the inaugural breakfast at the MCG.

FFV board member and former Matilda Tal Karp speaks at the Women in Football Network breakfast.

FFV board member and former Matilda Tal Karp speaks at the Women in Football Network breakfast.

Women and Girls' Development Officer Ash Callaghan said the aim was to capitalise on the growth of the women’s game, and give women somewhere they can feel included and welcome.

“The Women in Football Network will create a driving force to better serve and engage women and girls,” Callaghan said.

“It will kick-start a better experience for females on and off the field.”

Tal Karp, a former Matilda who represented Australia in the 2003 World Cup, and current FFV board member, spoke about the potential for growth and development in the women’s game.  “For our game to move forward, we really need to engage women in every facet.  And we need to do it in a better way than we have before. That’s where the WFN comes in,” Karp said.  “The Network is about bringing together key women across our game to share knowledge and ideas to work together to address barriers to support each-other and to keep making strong advances in the women’s game. And why not dream big?”

The breakfast at the MCG was just the starting point; the next event is already being planned for mid-July.

For more information on the Women in Football Network, email wfn@ffv.org.au

See photos of the event HERE.

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