Saturday 12 August 2023, 01:00

FIFA Women’s Football Convention to take place in Sydney

  • Leaders from the world of football, business and society to unite to discuss global women’s football development

  • Representatives from all FIFA member associations to be invited to Australia

  • The FIFA Women’s Football Convention will take place on 18-19 August 2023

It has been confirmed the second edition of the FIFA Women’s Football Convention will take place in Sydney, Australia, on 18-19 August 2023, as the game’s global governing body seeks to capitalise on the excitement and momentum generated by the greatest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup™, which ends with the final at Stadium Australia in the same city on 20 August. Leaders, legends, coaches and administrators from all across the world will gather at the International Convention Centre, located in the heart of Sydney for the event, for which the programme will follow the five pillars of FIFA’s Women’s Football Strategy: Develop and grow, showcase the game, communicate and commercialise, govern and lead, and educate and empower. Through a series of speeches, panel sessions and demonstrations, the Convention will celebrate the success stories of women’s football globally, while offering a platform for FIFA’s member associations (MAs) to connect and share best practices. Representatives from all MAs are invited, along with the six Confederations and other FIFA stakeholders and Commercial Affiliates.

Pyrmont Theatre - ICC Sydney International Convention Centre

Commenting on the announcement, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “We are at a remarkable moment in the development of women’s football. As we witness the greatest-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup – with records being broken on a daily basis – it is essential that we also maintain this momentum across all aspects of our sport by staging the second FIFA Women’s Football Convention at Sydney’s iconic International Convention Centre on 18-19 August. “This Convention follows the inaugural edition in France in 2019. But in four short years - and backed by FIFA’s dedicated funding through a global pandemic - it is wonderful to see how quickly women’s football has advanced. I look forward to joining friends and colleagues from across the world of women’s football to ensure the momentous things we are achieving here in Australia and New Zealand are used to further boost the sport – and to ensure this tournament not only inspires a new generation of female footballers, but also empowers a new generation of leaders.”

FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “We can already say with confidence that this tournament is a gamechanger for women’s football. The crowds, the atmosphere and the quality of football we have seen already has been exceptional. I look forward to reflecting on that success and taking another enormous step to building on it at the Second FIFA Women’s Football Convention on the 18-19 August.” As well as opening addresses by the FIFA President and FIFA Secretary General, two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach from 2021 Emma Hayes and FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger will feature. Two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd will participate. So too will England and Arsenal legend – and passionate advocate of women’s football – Ian Wright, alongside a wide range of leaders and experts in women’s football development, from MAs from around the world.

Download a PDF for the full list of speakers and participants.

Women's football strategy

FIFA is working to empower girls and women, make football a sport for all and advocate against gender discrimination.

Enhance the Commercial Value

Shaping new revenue streams and optimising existing ones around the women’s game will allow expansion of development efforts.

Build the Foundations

Creating a more sophisticated women’s football ecosystem and encouraging leadership roles for women at every level will modernise management of the game.

Grow participation

Increasing the level of female participation in football all over the world, with the stated goal of having 60 million players by 2026.