19 May Melbourne new home of Matildas as training facility gets AUS$116m state backing
- Project designed to boost women’s soccer development in Australia
- Matildas to move in ahead of home 2023 Women’s World Cup
The Victorian government, Football Australia (FA) and Football Victoria (FV) have announced plans for a purpose built, state-of-the-art soccer centre at La Trobe University, in Melbourne.
Construction on the AU$116 million (US$87.2 million), complex will start in December to be completed in time for the Australian women’s national team, the Matildas, to be based there ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The news comes one week after the Australian government said it will provide a grant of AUS$12 million (US$9.36 million) over two years, to support the progression of elite women’s soccer in the country.
That funding is part of FA’s ‘Legacy 23’ plan, designed to ensure women’s soccer reaps the long-term benefits of hosting the 2023 World Cup.
In addition to supporting Australia’s national women’s soccer team, the facility will also provide year-round access to elite training and match facilities for the Victorian soccer community.
Both junior and senior players will be able to train and play on the five natural, hybrid and synthetic pitches and purpose-built futsal court.
The new facility has been three years in the making, with FA and FV partnering to drive the project with the support of the Victorian government, since 2018.
Commenting on the announcement FA chief executive, James Johnson, said: “This substantial commitment from the Victorian government, combined with the Federal government’s earlier contribution to the project, will have a significant impact on the development of women’s football, and football overall, in Victoria and Australia for decades to come.”
Westfield Matildas captain, Sam Kerr, added: “The team loves playing in Melbourne and we really look forward to having a dedicated base where we can train and prepare for matches when we are in Victoria.”
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