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Author Archive for Samantha Lewis

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Economic benefit of 2019 Women’s World Cup bodes well for Australia and New Zealand | Samantha Lewis

French Football Federation report adds weight to the argument that women’s football is transitioning into a serious economic and cultural force On Monday, exactly one year on from the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the French Football Federation …

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Australia and New Zealand’s winning Women’s World Cup bid is a moment of optimism for football

Hosting the Fifa tournament will also open the door to the greatest untapped commercial market in world football: AsiaIn 2015, when France was announced as the host for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the dramatic reveal of the envelope was met with little…

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Ellie Carpenter makes Lyon move to rival Sam Kerr’s European switch | Samantha Lewis

The Matildas defender has signed for the best women’s club on the planet in arguably the most significant move ever by an AustralianWhen Matildas skipper Sam Kerr announced her move to Chelsea in January, it was widely regarded as one of the biggest cl…

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How Australia and New Zealand’s Women’s World Cup bid moved into pole position | Sam Lewis

Voting rules have changed in the wake of the Qatar controversy and although scepticism remains the As One bid appears to be out frontJust over 10 years ago, former Fifa president Sepp Blatter stood on a stage in Zurich and talked about the importance o…

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How Australia and New Zealand’s Women’s World Cup bid moved into pole position | Sam Lewis

Voting rules have changed in the wake of the Qatar controversy and although scepticism remains the As One bid appears to be out frontJust over 10 years ago, former Fifa president Sepp Blatter stood on a stage in Zurich and talked about the importance o…

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W-League stands to capitalise on fortuitous timing amid global uncertainty | Samantha Lewis

Australia is becoming a rather enticing proposition for players caught up in league and contract insecurity elsewhereWhen the 2019-20 W-League season wrapped up in March, it became the last professional football league in the world to complete a full c…

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Australia and NZ’s Women’s World Cup bid highlights a global shift | Samantha Lewis

Of the final four, it is the historic joint bid that has embraced the momentum women’s football has generated in recent yearsFifa has confirmed the vote to award hosting rights for the 2023 Women’s World Cup will take place on 25 June. Between now and …

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Women’s role in sport must be addressed in post-coronavirus recovery | Samantha Lewis

Representation matters with an entire generation of new fans and players at risk of being lostFrom the over-reliance of clubs and leagues on TV broadcasters to the over-inflated wages of star players, owners and administrators, the under-funding of gra…

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Give up on the W-League to keep A-League going? That’s just crazy | Samantha Lewis

Sydney FC’s chief executive believes the W-League should not become the A-League’s sacrificial lambAs Australian football continues to navigate the financial crisis that is the coronavirus, there are fears the W-League may be one of the first competiti…

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My favourite game: Japan v USA, 2011 Women’s World Cup final | Samantha Lewis

After the devastating earthquake just months previously, there seemed to be something on Japan’s side that night in FrankfurtOn 11 March 2011, Japan was hit by the fourth most powerful earthquake in recorded history. Almost 16,000 people died, many in …

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The show goes on for football in Australia but at what cost? | Samantha Lewis

In prioritising the local football community, FFA runs the risk of de-prioritising the global community that the game is inextricably part of“How can we keep the sport alive?”This question, asked by FFA CEO James Johnson at a press conference on Monday…

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Matildas flicker as disrupted qualifiers finally end with Olympic ticket booked | Samantha Lewis

A bizarre night in Vietnam featured an empty stadium, a blackout, 16 minutes of added time and a scratchy surface, but also a 2-1 win If enduring the most disrupted Olympic qualification campaign were itself an Olympic sport, the Matildas, you’d think,…

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Matildas’ European migration exciting but fanning W-League anxiety

Australian football’s hierarchy must catch the European wave or watch it roll on without themIn the 24 hours between the preliminary squad release and the starting XI announcement for Brisbane Roar’s game against Sydney FC on Thursday night, one W-Leag…

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Consistency of Matildas squad at odds with inconsistency of messaging | Samantha Lewis

Lisa De Vanna has been omitted once again despite having met coach Ante Milicic’s demandsIn early November, as the Matildas were preparing to host Chile in a two-game friendly series, head coach Ante Milicic specified what players should do in order to…

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Still-fledgling W-League remains prone to climate disruption | Samantha Lewis

Three games have already been delayed or postponed this season due to extreme weather“For me, it’s not about football. It’s about player welfare. Seeing the levels of smoke, myself breathing it in while I’m just standing here …. If you’ve got a referee…

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New York state of mind fuels Western Sydney’s W-League charge | Samantha Lewis

The arrival of three international recruits has heralded a shift in mentality both on and off the field When Western Sydney Wanderers striker Lynn Williams was playing for the now-defunct NWSL side Western New York Flash in 2015 – her first season play…

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Sam Kerr the best in the world? Tell us something we don’t know | Samantha Lewis

Judged this week by the Guardian as the best female footballer on the planet, Matildas captain Sam Kerr now has her chance to prove it on the European club stageAcross all the years I’ve watched Sam Kerr play football, there’s one moment that stands ou…

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Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’HaraIn Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back El…

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‘I hope we can inspire everyone’: women’s cerebral palsy football on the rise | Samantha Lewis

Two strokes at the age of 21 didn’t stop Nicole Christodoulou dreaming of playing football at the highest level. Thanks to the rapid rise of women’s cerebral palsy football, that dream is still well and truly aliveWhen Nicole Christodoulou was growing …

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Concerns over player welfare raised by W-League’s partnership with NWSL | Samantha Lewis

With plans to formalise an Australian-American accord comes a risk to the wellbeing of the game’s greatest assetsWhile Australia’s young local talent took centre-stage in the W-League’s opening round, this past weekend saw the league’s NWSL-based playe…