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Football (Soccer - Matildas)

Total investment 2016-17 (Football Federation Australia): $2,912,788 (high performance: $1,902,868; participation $950,000; other $59,920)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 3% 

The Australian women’s team, the Matildas, enjoyed a very successful period under head coach Alen Stajcic, having qualified for the Rio Olympics for the first time in 12 years. This was the first time the team qualified through the tough Asia Confederation, finishing top of the table at the Asia Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. At the Games they reached the quarter-finals but lost to Brazil in a sudden-death penalty shootout.

The program continues to make significant progress from a tactical, technical and physical perspective. The 2016 Olympic campaign was supported with additional funding that enabled the squad to assemble in Canberra for an additional four camps prior to departing for their pre-Olympic camp in Fortaleza.

There have been significant changes to the Matildas’ high performance program, including: a focus on greater integration and buy-in of the national program within the women’s national league coaches and programs; a national direction regarding sports science sports medicine servicing and support; and an increased focus on a competitive international competition program to expose the squad and developing athletes to quality opposition.

Over the four-year cycle, the squad has been able to challenge the world’s top teams. It achieved its highest-ever world ranking of a senior national team, fifth, and currently sits at No. 6 post Olympic Games.

Governance commentary

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has updated its constitution to enable greater compliance with the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It continues to perform strongly with integrity matters and may wish to further strengthen the support it provides to affiliated football bodies with their respective education and training programs that underpin the national integrity framework. FFA will undertake a board evaluation in 2017.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-1

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: Y

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