An extra special Female Football Week gets underway today as Football Queensland (FQ) leads a state-wide celebration of the game’s proud past, powerful present and exciting future.
The annual celebration of the immense contribution women and girls make to the game provides the perfect lead-in to what is the centenary season of women’s football in Queensland.
“This year’s Female Football Week is a great opportunity to recognise and reflect on the extremely important role of women and girls in football’s past, present and especially its future,” FQ President Ben Richardson said.
“The incredible digital history museum FQ launched last week gives us all insights into the remarkable story of the women’s game here in Queensland, which kicked off with the momentous first public match at the Gabba on 24 September 1921.
“We are proud to bring greater attention to the 100-year anniversary by widely releasing our centenary season logo, which is another example of FQ’s commitment to embracing the game’s history and diversity.”
FQ is set to celebrate Female Football Week by releasing a three-part video series telling the stories of past, present and future Queensland and Australian footballing legends, beginning with the state’s first Matildas captain Sue Monteath.
FQ will also shine a light on several standout ‘Women’s Football Champions’ around the state who have helped provide opportunities for women and girls at community level.
“This initiative gets to the core of what Female Football Week is all about by recognising those who share FQ’s passion for delivering inclusive, high-quality participation opportunities,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 approaching, it is more important than ever that the community unites behind FQ’s message that women and girls are the future.
“We made that clear in the Women and Girls Strategy 2021-2023 that was presented to political, sporting and football leaders at Parliament House on Tuesday.
“FQ is driving progress towards unlocking Queensland’s FIFA Women’s Cup 2023 legacy and Female Football Week continues to make a strong contribution to that journey.”
Female Football Week in Queensland officially runs from March 1 to 8, capturing the opening weekend of both the Kappa Women’s Super Cup and the new National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Girls season.
Activations and events will continue through to the beginning of the expanded NPL Women’s competition on Friday, 12 March, when Olympic FC host Virginia United.