Football in Australia is the most inclusive, diverse and representative sport in the country with
1.9 million participants nationwide across 2,400+ community clubs.
Females currently represent 26% of players, born in over 150 different nations.
Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to realise a truly meaningful legacy for football, the community and the nation.
Legacy ‘23 is a strategic plan to harness the growth of women’s football and deliver enduring benefits for Australia’s largest community sport beyond 2023, including becoming the first community sport to reach gender parity in participation.
Investment has been secured from Federal & State Governments for Participation, High Performance and Community Facilities. However, more support is required and we will continue to work with Government and commercial partners to unlock the full potential of this plan.
Summary of highlights:
- In June 2020 Australia was announced as co-host of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™
- In February 2021 Football Australia launched the Legacy ‘23 Plan
- In December 2021, Football Australia launched Our Game, an initiative aimed at harnessing the power of football to build an inclusive and diverse game that embraces, positively influences, celebrates, and elevates women and girls
- In March 2022 we celebrated 500 days to go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and launched a new national women’s team in the CommBank ParaMatildas
- In April 2022 the Football Australia Legacy ‘23 Ambassador Program was launched
- In July 2022 we celebrated One Year to Go until the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™
- As of March 2023, $207.7 million in Federal and State funding secured across Stadium Infrastructure, High Performance & Participation programs and Community Facilities