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.”