Football Australia today congratulated The Hon. Anika Wells MP on her appointment as Minister for Sport and looks forward to working closely with the new government ahead of a very exciting time for Australian football.
Football Australia chairman Chris Nikou said the minister is taking over the portfolio at a time when Australian football is entering a crucial phase.
“Australian football has undergone an exciting period of transformation over the past two years and also committed to a bold and ambitious 15-year vision.
“This new strategic agenda offers tremendous opportunity for sport as we also look forward to hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ in just over a year, inspiring a nation and making a lasting impact far beyond its borders tournament through Football Australia’s Legacy ’23 plan,” said Nikou.
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson was equally delighted with the appointment of Minister Wells and the opportunity to meet her in the near future.
“We are Australia’s largest club sport and we have the most multicultural, diverse and inclusive community of any other sport in the Australian sporting landscape. We also manage two of Australia’s most iconic team brands, the Socceroos and Commonwealth Bank Matildas, who proudly represent our country around the world.
“We also look forward to uniting a nation as co-hosts of the largest women’s tournament in the world, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™. The 2023 World Cup will be the biggest and most-watched FIFA Women’s World Cup ever and will draw enormous attention and interest in our country. However, we are also determined to leave an enduring legacy to the sport well beyond the World Cup through Football Australia’s Legacy ’23 plan.
“Australian football has a lot to offer and I look forward to working with Minister Wells to discuss our exciting new vision for Australian football and explore ways to harness the power of our game to contribute to Australian society and.” to present our great nation to the world.
“We wish the Secretary well as she begins her new role and look forward to developing a productive working relationship well into the future,” concluded Johnson.