Football Queensland (FQ) is excited to announce the beginning of rebel Female Football Week, eight days of focus on women and girls who play the beautiful game.
With leading Australian sports goods retailer, rebel, coming on-board as the naming rights partners, this year will see more activations and events than ever before.
FQ is looking for female footballers to help drive a social media campaign celebrating women’s football.
As a major part of our campaign, Football Queensland asks clubs to celebrate their women’s and girls’ teams and have an online space to embrace women’s football.
Using the hashtags, #YehTheGirls, #YTG and #FemaleFootballWeek, women and girls in the game are able to share their favourite football moments with the world.
This content will be gathered and shared by FQ, and we will use the material to celebrate the game and those women and girls who play it.
This year’s rebel Female Football Week spokespeople are Prominent Businesswoman Lucy Turnbull AO, rebel Managing Director Erica Berchtold, Westfield Matilda and current Young Australian of the Year Sam Kerr, Fox Sports Presenter Tara Rushton and Football United’s Assmaah Helal.
Speaking recently, Lucy Turnbull AO, explained why she accepted the offer to be a spokesperson for rebel Female Football Week.
“I am a big supporter of full participation of women in all walks of life; economics, social and of course in sport as well,” she said.
“International Women’s day, and the week around that, is a very important point for us to think about encouraging women who are in sport, acknowledging the contribution that our sportswomen play and encouraging younger people of all ages to participate in whatever way they can”
The objective of the rebel Female Football Week this year is to promote discussion around gender equality and to amplify new and existing female specific programs to ensure that barriers for girls and women to get involved in football are removed.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive Officer, David Gallop AM said female participation in structured football has increased by 9.5% over the past twelve months with over 139,000 girls, and women playing the game regularly, nationally.
“This growth has been due to the strong focus on growing ALDI MiniRoos For Girls Club & Kick-Off football as well as the outstanding success of the Westfield Matildas on the world stage,” Gallop said.
“The tenth season of the Westfield W-League has been a great success and provided a regular opportunity for fans around Australia to see world class female footballers in their own backyard.
“It is also well known now that we are now actively bidding to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.”
All three regular live stream games for Round Five will instead be all NPLW games, as part of Female Football Round.
Activities and events to be held throughout rebel Female Football Week will include activations at Hyundai A-League Round 22 matches, Women and Girls mentor programs, ALDI Miniroos for Girls Kick-off programs, plus a history of women’s football in Brisbane exhibition, called ‘With the ball at her feet’.
The three live stream fixtures scheduled are:
Brisbane Roar W-League head coach Mel Andreatta will be guest commentator for the Friday night clash between Brisbane Roar NTC and Capalaba Bulldogs.
On Saturday afternoon, Brisbane Roar player Abbey Lloyd will guest commentate SWQ Thunder FC vs Gold Coast United FC, and her W-League teammate will call the shots for The Gap FC vs Souths United FC on Saturday evening.
For more information, visit, www.footballqueensland.com.au/ffw