Football Queensland (FQ)’s Female Football Week wrapped up across the state last week, showcasing the Past, Present and Future of the women’s game in Queensland in line with the national week of celebrations.
“This year’s Female Football Week celebrations were extra special for Football Queensland, as 2021 marks the centenary year of women’s football in Queensland,” FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci said.
“FQ made it clear in the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan that women and girls are the future, so it was fantastic to see so many clubs from all levels of the game involved in delivering female-specific programs and recognising the contributions of women and girls throughout Female Football Week.”
The annual event was bookended by the launch of the inaugural Kappa Women’s Super Cup and the opening round of the 2021 NPL Women’s season.
In the Kappa Women’s Super Cup, a groundbreaking new state-wide knockout competition, clubs from the North, Central and South East Queensland conferences met in regional derbies, with four games live-streamed on NPL.TV.
In keeping with the Centenary Season celebrations, FQ shone a light on three elite players – former Matildas captain Sue Monteath, current Matilda and Brisbane Roar star Emily Gielnik, and rising star Jamilla Rankin — who epitomise the progress of the women’s game in the state.
The Women’s Football Champions initiative, launched this year by Football Queensland, highlighted the unsung community heroes who have gone above and beyond for women and girls in our game. From Brisbane to Mount Isa, six Champions from across Queensland were profiled on the FQ website and social media channels.
Meanwhile, clubs from around the state held programs and events designed to engage female participants and grow the women’s game, including MiniRoos Come and Try Days, Senior and Junior Combined Training Sessions, Buddy/Mentorship Programs, Promotional Games and Parent/Daughter Training Sessions.
In addition, 58 women and girls from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities attended Bethania Rams FC’s free Girls United program run in partnership with FQ.
In line with Football Queensland’s aim to increase the number of registered coaches by 2022, FQ will be hosting Australia’s first ever female-only FootballAustralia/AFC ‘B’ Licence coaching course in April.
For more information on supporting female players, coaches, referees and administrators, there are several Female Football Resources available on the Football Australia website, which can also be accessed via FQ’s Club Support Hub.