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

‘It’s not a technical question about the strength of teams, it’s about the culture. And to insert yourself into it and to contribute to it. Just be so grateful that it’s here and see how much football is for everyone, truly. And how we can all put ourselves in there and keep the ball rolling’ – Shireen Ahmed.

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The 2023 Women’s World Cup is being held in 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 invited 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.

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 joined host Fiona Crawford to 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.


This event was recorded on Saturday 29 July 2023 at the Wheeler Centre.

Featured music is ‘Traveling Again’ by Sarah the Illstrumentalist.

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