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Football (Soccer - Matildas)

Total investment 2015-16 (Football Federation Australia): $2,910,000 (high performance: $1,950,000; participation $950,000; other $10,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 3% 

Football Federation Australia’s (FFA’s) women’s high performance program is rated as on track. The Matildas program continues to make significant progress under head coach Alen Stajcic. The top-eight, quarter-final finish at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 indicates the squad is on track for the Rio Olympic Games. The team qualified for the Olympics in March 2016 at the Asia Cup.

The national program has had an increased focus on greater integration and buy-in within the Women’s National League coaches and programs. This focus has included an agreement that aligned national squad objectives, a five-month full-time camps program to prepare for the World Cup and prioritising a competitive international competition program to increase experience against world-class opposition. Concerns remain around the daily training environment of national and development squad athletes with no SIS/SAS programs underpinning the national program. Athletes are experiencing difficulties finding quality daily training environments through the local club network.


FFA continued to progress in line with the MSGP in 2015, including evidence of a sound process of consultation with member bodies to develop its comprehensive Whole of Football Plan. The key priority for FFA is to engage in an annual board evaluation process and appoint an external, independent CA or CPA to its audit and risk committee.

2015 benchmark event // FIFA Women's World Cup

Medal target: -

Non-medal target achieved: Y

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games (women)

Medal target: 0-1

Non-medal target achieved: semi-final (top 4)

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games (men)

Non-medal target: place 4th-8th*

  *Did not qualify

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