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2016 Female Football Week

March 7th, 2016

Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gallop today officially launched FFA’s Female Football Week, a national promotion and celebration of the role of women and girls in the game.

The week of activities across Australia are dedicated to developing Female Football in Australia coincides with tomorrow’s International Women’s Day and the Asian Football Confederation’s Women’s Football Day.

Speaking at the launch, Gallop said female football in Australia was pivotal to the game’s future development.

“We are proud that more than 20% of our entire participation base of outdoor club players are female. No other footy brand can compare with that,” said Gallop.

“Females represent the fastest growing segment in our participation base. Girls starting out in football have a pathway that goes to World Cups and Olympic Games, and there are fantastic role models in the Westfield Matildas, who are on show at the moment.

“In May last year, FFA released a Whole of Football Plan, a 20-year vision for the game.

“We made a critical strategic call; that women’s football will not be treated as a separate pillar in the game’s development.

“It’s too important to our future to the carved out from the everyday. It must be part of everything we do.

“Whatever the program, whether it’s elite player development, coach education or referee recruitment, we will place women’s football in the equation at the outset,” concluded Gallop.

FFA Head of Community and Women’s Football, Emma Highwood, said that the Female Football Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight all the positives of Female Football in Australia.

“Last year we saw record participation numbers in our female grassroots registration levels with over 100,000 females playing regularly for clubs throughout the football season,” said Highwood.

“We hope to surpass that number this year following the recent success of the Westfield Matildas on the world stage increasing the profile of Female Football around the country.

“Football is a great sport for Girls and Women to get active and develop personally and socially.

“FFA is committed to continue developing Female Football and promoting Gender Equity in Football whenever possible,” concluded Highwood.


Since 2012 across Northern NSW, Girls Football Week has been conducted in May each year, with the objective of fostering growth and recognising the contribution of females in football. As a result of this programmes success and similar events in other states, Northern NSW will embrace the National Female Football Week programme and continue to actively engage with the ever increasing number of female participants across our seven Member Zones.

Northern NSW Football will be holding several events during Female Football Week (please see below for more information) and are encouraging local clubs and zones to get involved by holding their own activities.

Female Only MiniRoos Coaching Course (previously grassroots)

The development of female coaches is integral to the continued growth of football and more specifically, female participation. Female Only courses provide an opportunity for teachers, first time coaches, and coaches of players up to 8 years of age to get together, gain insight and make connections with women in similar situations. The course also aims to enhance the development in coaching and the experience of their players.

The three (3) hour course provides the novice coach with the necessary tools to create a fun environment for the players, one in which they can learn to play with the ball and hopefully build a lifelong love of the game.

Tues 8 March
Female Only MiniRoos Coaching Course – Newcastle Permanent Staff 
Location: LMRFF – Football FIVE5 pitches
Time: 6 – 8.30pm
Closed registration, Newcastle Permanent staff only

Wed 9 March
Female Only MiniRoos Coaching Course 
Location: LMRFF – Football FIVE5 pitches
Time: 6-8.30pm
> Register

Female Football Forum

In 2016 Northern NSW football will conduct its fifth annual Female Football Forum. The forum will provide the NNSWF Board of Directors with recommendations relating to the growth, promotion and development of Female football throughout the region.

Clubs are able to send as many representatives as they would like and are able to suggest relevant and specific discussion topics. If your club would like to add a specific discussion topic to the agenda, please email

Mon 14 March
Female Football Forum – Female Coach Development Focus
 LMRFF – Seminar Rooms
Time: 6.30- 9pm
> Register

Womens Leadership Workshop

Being involved in sport and recreation and taking on a leadership a role is very rewarding, both for you and your organisation/club. Football needs more women to continue along the leadership pathway so that more women are represented at all levels of sport delivery and management.

Whether you are a board/committee member, administrator, coach, official or a volunteer this one day workshop is designed to help you take on leadership roles both within sport and your career.

This nationally recognised course covers topics such as;

  • What is leadership?
  • What are the different leadership styles?
  • What are the leadership opportunities and pathways in sport and recreation?
  • Networking
  • Identifying and using mentors
  • Effective communications including the media relationship
  • Managing conflict
  • Developing a personal plan

The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to discuss common issues, share stories and develop networks and contacts.  Why not come along, take time to reflect where you are and where you want to go as a leader and spend one day to invest in some time for you

Sun 13 March
Northern NSW Football – Womens Leadership Workshop
 Chifley Apartments Newcastle
7/14 Honeysuckle Dr, Newcastle NSW 2300
Time: 9-5pm
> Register
(max 30 registrations) Registration close on March 7th 2016.
Cost: $80.00 (includes workshop and catering)

MiniRoos for Girls Gala Gay

Northern NSW Football will holding a Gala day for girls aged 4-11 years of age. Clubs are encouraged to submit teams into three divisions, Entry Level (6/7) and Junior (8/9) and (10/11). These teams can be already existing girl’s teams or newly formed teams from girls within your club specifically for this

Gala Day Quick Information

  • 20 minute games.
  •  U6-7: 5 v 5 no goalkeepers.
  • U8-9: 5 v 5 including a goalkeeper.
  • U10-11: 5 v 5 including a goalkeeper.
  • The ball rebounds off the walls to stay in play (no throw ins or kick ins)
  • Open to community teams and registered players.
  • Players wear full team playing strip, shin pads, and boots.
  • Match referees are provided for U8-9, 10-11.
  • Game leaders used for U6-7.
  • Games are fast paced and lots of fun!
  • Grandstand seating is also available overlooking the Football FIVE5 fields.
  • Sidelines Café is open inside the main building

Sun 13 March
MiniRoos for Girls Gala Day
 LMRFF – Football FIVE5 pitches
Time: 8.30am
> Register

Girls Skills Session

Girls aged 9-13 are invited to attend a free girls Skill Acquisition Training session with former Matilda and current Emerging Jets coach Lauren Colthorpe. This session will focus on technique and skill development to improve confidence and coordination. Registration for this event is limited to 30 participants.

Tues 8 March
Girls Skill Session ages 9 – 13
 LMRFF – Football FIVE5 pitches
Time: 4.30 – 6pm
> Register – Please email


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