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Football Australia Increases Commitment To Gender Parity Goal

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Football Australia Increases Commitment To Gender Parity Goal

Football Australia has announced the launch of the ‘Our Game’ initiative, in an effort to drive inclusive and diverse outcomes for women and girls to become the largest Australian community sport to reach gender parity by 2027.

As part of the Our Game initiative, extensive research into the drivers of attraction and retention of women and girls in football will be conducted, with the goal to address perceptions and hesitations of women and girls in football.

Speaking on the launch of the initiative, which will draw from successful programs implemented by UEFA and FIFA, Football Australia CEO, James Johnson, said: “For well over a decade now, women’s football has seen unprecedented growth and popularity in Australia.”

“This year we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the first recorded public women’s football match and while the women’s game has progressed significantly in the past century, we also acknowledge that there is much more we can achieve.

“In 18 months we will co-host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 – the world’s biggest standalone women’s sporting event.

“We are provided with an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate our aspiration to become the centre of excellence for women’s football in Asia-Pacific, and in doing so become the first Australian sport to reach gender parity in participation.

“Our Game is our platform and Legacy ’23 is our game plan for Football Australia’s bold objective.

“To do this we understand the importance of us as a sport tackling head on the barriers of awareness, accessibility and apprehension that hold back women and girls from fully participating in football.

“This soft launch is our first step in this exciting initiative, and we are looking forward to building this in partnership with the community to ensure that we are responsive to their needs,” Johnson said.

With the launch, Football Australia and its member federations will deliver a program of club and individual resources, media activities and community events to encourage visibility and awareness of, as well as participation in football for women and girls.

Football Australia head of women’s football, Women’s World Cup legacy and inclusion, Sarah Walsh, said the initiative has the potential to be truly transformative for football in Australia.

“The future of women’s football is truly now and through Our Game all our partners and stakeholders have the opportunity to take ownership of their ability to aid women’s football in reaching its full potential,” Walsh said.

“As we head into 2022, we are looking forward to collaborating with our member federations and community clubs to foster environments and support structures that truly embrace women and girls, to empower a generation to drive the future of the game.

“Through Our Game we can transform how women and girls see themselves and their involvement in football.

“Vitally, this is their opportunity to shape and own what the future looks like for women and girls in football. I believe, and we have seen the evidence internationally, that in informing, emboldening, and promoting the unique culture of the women’s game, we can accomplish a long-lasting and genuinely positive impact on football,” she said.

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