By Greg Downes

Dedicated Lives - Stories of Pioneers of Women's Football in Australia

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The Matildas are now one of the most beloved national teams in Australia. But who were the women and men who helped build and develop the women's game locally?

Academic and author Greg Downes profiles 18 people - some well-known in the football fraternity, others not so well-known - who have made contributions, big and small, to help make the women's game what it is today. Dedicated Lives is a living history to be treasured.

Based on his PhD dissertation, Greg has talked with, and interviewed, the individuals at length about what brought them into football and, importantly, what has kept them in it.

At a time when women's football is riding as high as its ever been in Australia, Dedicated Lives is a must-read for anyone interested in football history, women's football, or women's sport fighting and winning against the odds generally.

It reminds all of us that "from little things, big things grow" (Paul Kelly); and that every small action, initiative or point of advocacy can contribute to the bigger picture of change and advancement.  

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: September 2021
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-04-7, 978-1-925914-05-4 (ePub)
  • Weight: 0.3kg 
  • Size: 216mm x 140mm 
  • Pages: 192 including 8 pages of images
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

Dr Greg Downes is a sessional academic who completed his Ph.D. thesis in 2016 with Victoria University, in Melbourne. Greg currently writes, teaches, and researches women’s sports history, sport management, and human services.

Greg became interested in women’s football (soccer) due to the involvement of his youngest daughter, where he became aware of the many injustices and discriminations faced by young girls and women in their pursuit to play the game. During this time he became involved in the fight to make his daughter’s involvement in soccer an inclusive one.

While pursuing his studies, Greg used examples of these injustices faced by women involved in football as topics for his research. He also realised that little or no research had been done on the history of women’s football in Australia. His two books, Dedicated Lives and The First Matildas help to redress that deficit.

Greg lives in Lennox Head on the north coast of NSW. 

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