Female coaches set to benefit through mentor program

Brisbane Roar W-League coach Belinda Wilson.
Australia’s female coaching fraternity are set to be the beneficiaries under a new mentoring program aimed at advanced coaches.

With funding from the FIFA Goal Project that was announced in August, the program is intended to help allow Australian women’s coaches and teams reach their full potential.

The Mentor Program is linked to achieving objectives stated within the 2014-2016 Women’s Football Strategic Plan.

The first step will occur next week when the 87 current advanced accredited coaches will have the opportunity to apply for one of six scholarships on offer.

“This is an important step in increasing the number of females coaches at all levels which is a strategic priority for FFA as was identified in our Women’s Football Strategic plan,” said Emma Highwood, FFA’s Head of Community and Women’s Football.

“We would like more females to coach at the highest level within Australia, which includes the Westfield W-League and the National Teams, but to achieve this we must put in place the support structure, to enable females to be identified and supported to reach their full potential. The Mentoring program is the first step to increasing the number of females coaching at levels within Australia.”

In addition to receiving financial support, the successful applicants will receive other benefits including access to high level training sessions, hands on support and guidance through a formalised mentorship program and the mentees will also be provided with coaching opportunities.

“Given the huge number of female players, it is very important to have female coaches to guide some of the female players,” said Eric Abrams, FFA’s National Technical Director. “One of the targets we have now is to encourage ex-players and Westfield Matildas to follow a coaching course. It is very important to have these players involved for many reasons, including as role-models.

“It would also be an advantage to have female coach educators to explain to our coaches what can be expected by young female players. To reach that point it is important to have a large number of female coaches enter the system. There are many advantages to further developing and encouraging female participation across all aspect of the game.”

Source : Football Federation Australia website

Mini Matildas squad announced

Monday, 16 September 2013 10:36 AM

Mini Matildas squad announced

Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team Head Coach Belinda Wilson today named her 23-player squad for the upcoming AFC U-16 Women’s Championships which will be played in Nanjing, China, between 24 September – 6 October 2013.

The AFC U-16 Women’s Championships is the official FIFA qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team have been drawn into Group A at the 12-nation tournament alongside Bahrain and host nation China PR.

“It was exciting to finally get to this point with a final squad for the qualifiers,” said Wilson.

“There have been a lot of players coming in and out over a period of time. So there has been some changes for the players to deal with, including a change of coach, but we have been settled over the last two camps.

“It is good to know the squad we are working with and the challenge now is to focus on the tournament starting with the Bahrain match.

“The task ahead will be difficult due to the nature of tournament. We have only two group matches and we probably have to win both to get to semis. We also have to deal with playing against the host nation, and in my experience the locals will get out in numbers to support their team, even at this level, so that is another factor for the girls to deal with.

“Overall we have good strength, we have some young players coming through with a lot of talent and even a little bit of experience in relative terms.”

The Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team reached the AFC U-16 Championship after winning last November’s preliminary round, maintaining a perfect record with wins in the Manila-based tournament over Thailand, Myanmar and Philippines.

The four group winners will progress to the semi-finals, with the two finalists and the winner of the match for third place to represent Asia at next year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be held in Costa Rica between 15 March – 5 April.

Name – State/Territory

Angela Beard – QLD
Alexandra Chidiac – SA
Isobel Dalton – QLD
Eleni Fakos – VIC
Sunny Franco – QLD
Tia Gavin – NSW
Beatrice Goad – VIC
Brooke Goodrich – QLD
Victoria Guzman – NSW
Emily Henderson – WA
Jada Mathyssen-Whyman – NSW Country
Afrikah McGladrigan – QLD
Teagan Micah – QLD
Sophie Nenadovic – NNSW
Ayesha Norrie (Kirby) – QLD
Chloe O’Brien – NSW
Jessica Pitts – VIC
Rhianna Pollicina – NSW
Matilda-Lee Potter – NSW Country
Siena Senatore – ACT
Madeline Stockdale – VIC
Jessica Waterhouse – SA
Georgina Worth – ACT


Football Federation Australia

Australian U-17 women´s training squad named

Thursday, 8 August 2013 8:49 AM

Australian U-17 women's training squad named

Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team Head Coach Belinda Wilson has selected a 23-player squad for a training camp which will be held from 9–18 August 2013 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

This camp will also include two friendly international matches against the New Zealand U-17 Women’s team which will be played on Wednesday 14 August and Saturday 17 August at the AIS Athletics stadium.

Wilson will be using the training camp and matches to prepare for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Women’s Championships, which will be held in China in September this year.

“This my first opportunity to work with this group girls as the head coach,” said Wilson.

“There are a couple of new faces in the group in comparison to the squad that played against Korea recently.

“We will be looking to improve on what we have been working in training and applying that to international football,” concluded Wilson.

The AFC U-16 Women’s Championships 2013 is the official FIFA qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica.

Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team Squad – AIS training camp – 9–18 August 2013

Angela BEARD – QLD
Alexandra CHIDIAC – SA
Beatrice GOAD – VIC
Victoria GUZMAN – NSW
Jada MATHYSSEN-WHYMAN (gk) – NSW Country
Teagan MICAH (gk) – QLD
Ayesha NORRIE (Kirby) – QLD
Jessica PITTS – VIC
Matilda-Lee POTTER – NSW Country
Jessica URQUHART (gk) – ACT

Match Details:

Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team v New Zealand U-17 Women’s National team
AIS Athletics Stadium, Bruce, ACT
Wednesday 14 August 2013
Kick-off 1:30pm (AEST)

Westfield Australian U-17 Women’s National Team v New Zealand U-17 Women’s National team
AIS Athletics Stadium, Bruce, ACT
Saturday 17 August 2013
Kick-off 2:30pm (AEST)


Football Federation Australia