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Westfield Matildas

THE Matildas have suffered a heartbreaking exit from the Rio 2016 Olympic football tournament, beaten 7-6 on penalties by the host nation after a dramatic shootout. Australia had their chances to win the match, with Chloe Lugarzo hitting the woodwork five minutes from time, while Katrina Gorry could have won the shootout with the fifth spot kick after Lydia Williams saved from Brazilian superstar Marta.

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 Youth Matilda's Victories

In a significant boost for Victorian football, 10 Victorian players have been selected for international duty across two youth Matildas teams.

Six Victorian players have been selected for the Young Matildas (U20) who will compete in the AFF Women's Championship in Myanmar, while four Victorians have been invited to attend Junior Matildas (U17) camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

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Taranto Twins

From their Coburg lounge room, Melissa and Adriana Taranto have watched the success of Bronte and Cate Campbell at the Rio Olympics and dared to dream.

The Taranto twins are two of Victoria’s hottest soccer prospects, having first come onto the national radar as 12-year-olds.

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Melissa Barbieri

Melissa BarbieriMelissa Barbieri is the most successful Victorian footballer to date. She has played in four World Cups, made 86 international appearances and led the Matildas to their first ever Asian Cup glory in 2010.

Read here about Barbieri's recent club switch and rivalry it created.

This article from women’s sport website Sportette, details her fight to be a mother and a Matilda.

Annabel Martin and Mindy Barbieri

Annabel and Baebieri

At the most recent Melbourne Victory Medal Night for the 2015/2016 season, young Victorian's Anabel Martin and Mindy Barbieri won individual awards. Barbieri took home Women's Young Player of the Season and Annabel took home Victory's Women's Medal!

What an achievement for these two young superstars!

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Female referees celebrated across all sports

Click here for the link to watch the section on Today Tonight on November 24th 2016. The story follows three female referees and their success in their respective sports. Allyson Flynn represents the football community along side successful cricket and AFL umpires. Keep up the good work ladies!

Kate Jacewicz, FIFA Referee

JacewiczStarting her football in Queensland, Victorian FIFA referee Kate Jacewicz has been officiating on the Westfield W-League since its inception and received her FIFA badge in 2011.

Furthermore, she recently refereed the final of the U17 Women’s World Cup indicating there is only more great things to come for Kate.

Before officiating her seventh Westfield W-League Grand Final, SBS Zela wanted to put the hard press on Kate to uncover the answers to life's more important questions.

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See the historic FIFA referee seminar that saw male and female referees working together in preparation for the 2018 and Women's 2019 World Cups.

Also hear more from Kate on RSN's Sporting Women on Carnival.

and Inspiring Stories: Laura Moya and Danielle Anderson



See why Samantha Stallbaum loves coaching football.


Kat SmithKat Smith is a former NTC player, now currently playing in the PlayStation 4 NPLW for Galaxy United. During the 2015/16 Westfield W-League season, Kat helped guide and develop the seven young talented players making their Westfield W-League debut as the assistant coach working alongside Dave Edmondson. She also achieved a personal milestone during the season, taking charge as the head coach for three matches.

She gives some insight into how she became the current Green Gully technical director and Melbourne Victory W-League Assistant Coach.

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The Female Coach Mentor Program for 2016 kicked off with a workshop in Melbourne during the recent Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas double header.

The program has been established to provide more exposure to high performance environments for the selected female coaches as well as increase the pool of female coaches with the experience and knowledge necessary to coach at the highest level.

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In March this year, Heidelberg had made headlines by signing Barbieri, Asian Cup winner and four-time World Cup veteran, for their 2016 campaign. In an announcement made yesterday afternoon, she signed on as first team coach for next season.“I saw the potential of the club and the love of the club that the girls have.” Barbieri says. “That sense of loyalty started to grow in me and even though I was only here for a season I formed relationships with the players.”

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Coach Q&A with Emma Littlewood


Moya Dodd, FIFA ExCo member

Moya DoddEx-Matilda, AFC Vice President and FIFA ExCo member Moya Dodd shares her insight into women's football development.

She believes women should be able to help make decisions about the way football is funded and developed around the world.

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Moreland Council's proactive approach to promoting women in sport.

The city of Moreland have recently implemented their allocation policy which requires every sporting club in the council boundaries to provide women and girls with the opportunity to participate. They are going the step further by requiring all clubs to field a female team. Beginning in 2016 with the goal being for every club to have at least one female team by 2019. Read more here.

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Heather Reid: The Women’s Game’s interview with former Capital Football CEO Heather Reid AM

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