SOC­CER (FOOT­BALL)

Women's Health Australia - - BEST BODY -

2007 The W-league – Aus­tralia’s top-di­vi­sion women’s soc­cer league, run by Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia (FFA) – didn’t even ex­ist then. The na­tional league of eight teams was es­tab­lished the fol­low­ing year, in 2008. 2017 It’s a whole new ball­game, with the W-league in­fect­ing both reg­u­lar girls and women: “The fastest­grow­ing area in foot­ball is now fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion,” says David Gal­lop, chief ex­ec­u­tive of FFA. And the Matil­das are do­ing us proud – in Au­gust they won the Tour­na­ment of Na­tions with a 6-1 vic­tory against Brazil! And the news came in that Oz is bid­ding to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with Fed­eral Govern­ment sup­port. “It’s so ex­cit­ing; the way women’s sport is go­ing at the mo­ment, this would only boost it,” says Matil­das player Kyah Si­mon.

“It would give the op­por­tu­nity for fans and sup­port­ers to fi­nally wit­ness a FIFA Women’s World Cup, in our own back­yard.”

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