Football West will explore further opportunities for the WA State Team following the success of the recent Tri Series.
Matches involving the WA State Team, Singapore Youth Team and Australia’s national U20 team, the Young Socceroos, were played at three metropolitan venues and drew interest from thousands of football fans across five events over seven days.
Almost 50,000 people were reached through digital and social media channels and more than 10,000 readers logged on to reports on www.footballwest.com.au.
As well as the three matches, which drew around 2,000 fans including a big contingent from the local Singapore community, Football West also hosted a Life Member function and a University Club of Western Australia Panel Discussion.
Football Federation Australia Technical Director Eric Abrams and Singapore youth team coach Richard Tardy were joined by UWA’s Chris Massey and Student Edge co-founder Craig Chetty at the Panel Discussion hosted by journalist Gary Adshead.
Abrams, who as a former coach of Belgium youth teams was involved in the early development of stars such as Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, spoke of the challenges facing Australian football and highlighted the potential of the Matildas national women’s team.
Guests at the UWA function were also shown an extended trailer for a documentary-in-development named The Road Out Of Paradise, which follows the journeys of several Western Australian footballers and their overseas exploits.
Football West Life Members were acknowledged before the opening match of the series at Inglewood United’s Perth Plasterboard Centre Stadium where the Young Socceroos scored a 3-0 win over the WA State Team.
Life Members were presented with new gold pins, while the most recent inductees Dave Kindness and Rob Mackay (2017), as well as Bob Brown and Steve Muldoon (2016), also received certificates of induction.
A first international fixture at Forrestfield United’s redeveloped Hartfield Park attracted around 1,000 fans, who witnessed the Young Socceroos score a 4-0 victory over Singapore.
The Tri Series was completed at Dorrien Gardens last night when fans were treated to an eight-goal feast as the WA State Team beat Singapore 5-3 in wet and wintry conditions.
Series success came on the back of a recent trip to Shanghai by the WA State U16 team and reaffirmed Football West’s commitment to providing more opportunities for the entire WA State Team program.
Football West is involved in the management of 21 State teams, including for men, women, juniors, futsal and Paralympic, and will work on creating an increased number of experiences in WA, interstate and overseas for players and officials.