Sydney FC will celebrate the arrival of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia by hosting an exclusive Female Football Festival for junior girls in New South Wales.
The inaugural event is one of the first of its kind and will take place in the April/Easter school holidays and be open to junior girls teams from ALL OVER New South Wales.
Girls teams of all ages and abilities from under 8’s to under 15’s are invited to enter the tournament which will be hosted in Kiama and enjoy a two day 7-a-side festival away from home.
Sydney FC’s Matildas’ stars Cortnee Vine and Mackenzie Hawkesby believe it is a fantastic way for young girls to get involved and celebrate the upcoming World Cup in Australia.
“It’s a really great opportunity for young girls to enjoy playing football socialize, and enjoy spending time together as a team,” said Vine.
“Women’s and girl’s football is growing on a huge scale and this will only encourage more participation and more young girls to get involved and have fun playing ahead of the World Cup.”
Sydney FC players will also be on hand at the tournament to give their support and encouragement.
“There were no opportunities like this for me when I was growing up as a young girl playing football, whereas there were always festivals for boys,” said Hawkesby.
“This is a really exciting development for girls of all ages and skill levels and I’m sure those who come during the holidays will love every minute of it.”
The 7-a-side competition will be held at Kiama Sporting Complex over two days (13-14 April) with teams playing a minimum of six games, in a round robin format.
Each team will need a minimum of eight (8) and maximum of 12 players in their squad.
Sydney FC Head of Programs Howard Fondyke said: “We want young girls to be able to experience the thrills and excitement of a football festival as well.
“We know the Women’s World Cup is going to be massive so we want to encourage as many girls teams as possible to participate and start the party early.
“Our hope is it will become the largest female football participation festival of its kind in New South Wales.
“Places are limited, so pull together your team and get ready for a fun football trip away.”
Participants will receive a Sydney FC boot bag, posters, an A-League Women’s Liberty Season Pass for Season 2023/24, trophies for the winning teams, plus other giveaways.
Clubs are encouraged to register and plan their trip to Kiama as early as possible.
Sydney FC would also like to thank Football NSW and all of Sydney FC’s Association partners for their continued support with the Female Football Festival and all our programs.