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International Women's Day, March 8th

Published: 8/03/2016 12:20:00 PM

Today is International Women’s Day and we would like to highlight the importance of women in football.

Whether we look to our Rio-bound Matildas or our grassroots footballers, women are a vital and growing part of our game.

ESFA’s female player numbers hit a record high last year across MiniRoos, Girls and Women’s football! This is testament that the beautiful game is not exclusive to one gender.

With so many women club volunteers to our women administrators, football in the Eastern Suburbs Football Association provides equal opportunity to all.

From our mothers of our young girls playing in clubs, from our SAP girls in the FNSW program, to our players’ daughters, we are a developing football for everyone.

Our female referees are growing in number and a fundamental part of the growth of women’s football. We hope soon to have a women’s football final solely officiated by female match officials.

Female coaches are embracing our Coaching Program; last year we had a record number of female coaches across ESFA and this year we’ve had twice as many coaches sign up for our coaching courses! Our female managers do more than fill out a team sheet too!

And our Dunbar Rovers All Age Women’s Championship team will be defending their State Cup from season 2015.

Our ESFA and ESFA Referees Branch female life members have played a fundamental part in the growth of women’s football. Our ESFA female Board Directors previous and current have been an integral part of the strategic growth of football in the Eastern Suburbs.

Launching Female Football Week, FFA CEO David Gallop spoke of the FFA’s 20-year vision for the game.

‘’We made a critical strategic call; that women’s football will not be treated as a separate pillar in the game’s development.’’

On International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the women of ESFA for all their contribution to the game.

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