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Sam Kerr: ‘I hope that we can be what Cathy Freeman was to kids like us’ | Samantha Lewis

The Matildas captain on being inspired by the 2000 Olympics, how the challenges of the pandemic have been met and exciting times aheadShe is one of the most talked-about footballers in the world and her name has been written into the history books, but…

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Australia’s foreign legion begin to prove their worth in WSL | Samantha Lewis

Fortunes were mixed but for the most part the sizeable group of Matildas joining Sam Kerr in England did not look out of placeLast week, when asked about Sam Kerr’s performance during Chelsea’s Community Shield win over Manchester City, head coach Emma…

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Moya Dodd: ‘Denying women in football is like trying to defy gravity’ | Samantha Lewis

The groundwork for Australia and New Zealand’s successful Women’s World Cup bid was laid years ago but the biggest impact still lies ahead, says the influential administratorMoya Dodd remembers a lot about the pilot Women’s World Cup held in China in 1…

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Matildas forced to look for new coach after Ante Milicic steps down

Coach had already agreed to position at Macarthur FCMilicic was supposed to coach Australia at Tokyo 2020Ante Milicic has stepped down from his role as the Australia women’s coach because of the delay to the Tokyo Olympics amid the Covid-19 pandemic, F…

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Matildas forced to look for new coach after Ante Milicic steps down

Coach had already agreed to position at Macarthur FCMilicic was supposed to coach Australia at Tokyo 2020Ante Milicic has stepped down from his role as the Australia women’s coach because of the delay to the Tokyo Olympics amid the Covid-19 pandemic, F…

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Football in Australia is doomed to be a marginal sport unless its leaders show vision | Simon Hill

After many false dawns, football in Australia must finally realise its vast potential by learning from past failuresTo understand the latest existential crisis facing football in Australia, one must start at its genesis, which strangely coincided with …

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The 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is a rare chance for sport to shape a better world | Craig Foster

The tournament in 2023 presents a unique opportunity to address equality, racism and Indigenous culture, and climate changeThe announcement of hosting rights for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup is serendipitous not just for Australian football or the c…

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‘Disrespectful’: Australia disappointed by English snub in Women’s World Cup bid

FA voted as a Uefa block for rival Colombian bid‘I actually don’t find it very funny,’ says FFA chiefThe English FA’s decision to snub the trans-Tasman Women’s World Cup bid has been labelled disrespectful by FFA chief executive James Johnson.Despite s…

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‘We did it’: Joy and relief as Australia and New Zealand celebrate Women’s World Cup bid success

‘We freakin’ did it,’ says Matildas captain Sam KerrResult hailed as a ‘tremendous and exciting step forward’Australia and New Zealand were celebrating on Friday as the nations awoke to the news that their joint bid had won the race to host the 2023 Wo…

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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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David Squires on … worrying too much about the 2023 Women’s World Cup bid

Our cartoonist takes a look at Australia and New Zealand’s bid to host the tournament, which couldn’t possibly go wrong now, could it?Take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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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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Women’s sport dominates list of Australia’s favourite teams

Research shows women’s cricketers are most lovedMatildas, Diamonds and rugby sevens team also rate highlyAustralia’s favourite sporting teams are dominated by women, according to new research that may bruise a few egos among the nation’s top male athle…

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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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Fifa single out Australia and New Zealand as best Women’s World Cup bid

Joint bid most ‘commercially favourable’, says report2023 tournament host to be announced on 25 JuneAustralian and New Zealand bosses have embraced a Fifa report that rates their bid to co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup the best of the three submissio…

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Fifa single out Australia and New Zealand as best Women’s World Cup bid

Joint bid most ‘commercially favourable’, says report2023 tournament host to be announced on 25 JuneAustralian and New Zealand bosses have embraced a Fifa report that rates their bid to co-host the 2023 Women’s World Cup the best of the three submissio…

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Australia and New Zealand Women’s World Cup bid boosted as Brazil withdraw

Just three bids remain ahead of June 25 decisionEconomic impact of Covid-19 behind Brazil’s decisionAustralia and New Zealand are now in a three-horse race to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after Brazil withdrew their bid. The South American giants an…

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No room for Matildas pregnancies as Covid-19 disrupts planning, says Sam Kerr

Australian players facing five years without a break ‘I don’t know when I’ll be able to come home,’ says KerrMatildas striker Sam Kerr says the Covid-19 crisis has wreaked havoc in the medium-term career planning for Australia’s top women footballers, …

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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,…