South also has a strong pedigree when it comes to women’s football having been the champions at the Victorian level in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Director of women's football Gabrielle Giuliano said South’s commitment and track record to the women’s game is unsurpassed by any other Victorian club.

Ange Postecoglou with Matildas star and one time South player Lisa De Vanna, Director of women's football Gabrielle Giuliano and Bid chairman Bill Papastergiadis

“South Melbourne FC has over 200 female players in 11 teams with the women’s and girls’ teams enjoying equal access to the best sporting facilities and coaching structures in Australia,” she told FTBL.

‘Women’s and men’s double header matches at Lakeside Stadium are standard with full access for every female player to the club’s high performance facilities.”

In the last year, four South juniors Ben Djiba, Will Oxford, Andrew Messourouni and Manny Aguek have graduated from youth team to the senior team.

One of those youngsters who also spent time with La Liga club Getafe, hailed the club for their focus on blooding youngsters.

“This is what football is about,” said Messourouni. 

“Creating opportunities for our youth to play senior football.  That’s why South Melbourne FC needs to be in the A League. That’s why football needs South Melbourne FC in the A League.

“The club continually strives to improve their football knowledge and best practices so they can attract the country’s most talented players.”