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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
Do school teachers make the best coaches?

Do school teachers make the best coaches?

There is a growing call from those involved in football to re-engineer the way coaches are developed in Australia. While FFA attempts to fast track ex-players into coaching talent pools, many feel this is the wrong approach. 20 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
'Dropping two divisions was an enormous step forward' - State League pathway back to the NPL

'Dropping two divisions was an enormous step forward' - State League pathway back to the NPL

Writing-off footballers before they have had a fair chance to show their potential has been a common criticism of the current Victorian NPL system. 10 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
NPL star admits community clubs 'bring a happiness that's hard to express'

NPL star admits community clubs 'bring a happiness that's hard to express'

North Geelong Warriors’ star midfielder Ryan Opperman has urged fans to try and keep in a positive frame of mind as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on the 2020 NPL football season. 5 Apr 2020
Coronavirus the last straw for Macarthur FC?

Coronavirus the last straw for Macarthur FC?

The A-League has a huge battle on its hands if it's to come out of this COVID-19 pandemic with all current 11 clubs still intact. The biggest question though is whether the latest club, Campbelltown based Macarthur FC, will actually make the start line. 3 Apr 2020