Football - Women Home
Watch a game of elite women's football and you will see a combination of many skills at work - strategic thinking, speed, agility, endurance and above all, teamwork. Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship holders are given every opportunity to improve these features of their game through world-class coaching, sports science and sports medicine, and opportunities to compete in elite matches against the world's best teams.
About AIS Women's Football
The AIS Women's Football program began as an Olympic Athlete Program initiative and commenced in Canberra in July 1998. The program offered 20 full-time scholarships to the national team - the Matildas - in preparation for the World Cup Qualifiers (October 1998), World Cup (June 1999), 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2004 Athens Olympics and 2006 World Cup Qualifiers.
In May 2000, Women's Football became a permanent AIS program. After the 2000 Olympic Games the program moved from a full-time residential to a camps-based format, with up to 20 scholarships on offer. In 2006 the number of scholarships increased to 24.