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Kicking Goals: Soccer, Equality and the Women’s World Cup


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Celebrate the arrival of the Women’s World Cup in Australia with an exclusive discussion between players, media and passionate fans.

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The Women’s World Cup is coming to Australia, and with more than two billion viewers expected to tune into this year’s tournament, it’s a landmark moment in Australian sporting history.

To celebrate, the Wheeler Centre is inviting players, media and passionate fans to come together for a special event exploring the significance of the Women’s World Cup in Australian sporting history and in the landscape of women’s sport.

Hosted by Fiona Crawford, join activist and CBC Sports journalist Shireen Ahmed, Football Australia Legacy ‘23 Ambassador Azmeena Hussain, current National League player Emma Checker and inaugural Matildas captain Julie Dolan AM as they discuss personal and collective triumphs of women’s soccer, explore equality in all facets of the game, and reflect on this historic moment for Australia and for women in sport.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Shelley Ware is no longer able to appear at this event.


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Shireen Ahmed

Shireen Ahmed is a multi-platform Senior Contributor with CBC Sports, a TEDx speaker, a valued mentor, and an award-winning sports activist who focuses on the intersections of racism and misogyny in sports. She is a global expert on Muslim women in sport. Shireen is the co-creator and co-host of the... Read more

Emma Checker

Emma Checker is a professional footballer who has represented Australia at youth and senior levels achieving her Matildas debut at the age of 16 in 2012. Emma has spent the last 12 years playing National League domestically and internationally including contracts in South Korea, France, Iceland and ... Read more

Fiona Crawford

Fiona Crawford is a writer, editor and researcher whose work spans social and environmental issues, the arts and football and has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue and The Conversation among others. She is an adjunct lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology’... Read more

Julie Dolan AM

Julie Dolan is Head of Community and Marketing for Central Coast Sports College in NSW and is Legacy ’23 Ambassador Program member for the 2023 World Cup. Julie started playing football at the age of 14 and became Australia’s inaugural captain and Matilda #1 at just 18, leading the team out... Read more

Azmeena Hussain

Azmeena Hussain OAM is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Chairperson of the Islamic Museum of Australia, Non-Executive Director at Football Victoria and the Victorian Institute of Sport and a Football Australia FIFA Women’s World Cup Ambassador. In addition, she is a member of the SBS Advi... Read more


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