Federal election: FFA urges more funding for grassroots football facitilities

Football Federation Australia welcomed Sunday's election commitments from Coalition Government and the Labor Party which would provide benefits to the Australian football community.

A re-elected Turnbull Government would commit a further $60 million into the Sporting Schools Program, including the broadening the program to years 7 and 8.

The aim is to combat the significant ‘drop out’ in physical activity levels during what can often be a difficult and stressful time for children transitioning from primary to high school.

Meanwhile, a Shorten Labor Government would provide $21 million in funding to the ABC to boost coverage of women’s sport, including the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

The Labor funding would increase coverage of women’s sport on the ABC’s television and digital platforms by approximately 500 live hours over the next four years.

"FFA welcomes today’s election commitments, but urges both sides to increase funding to grassroots community football facilities," FFA chief David Gallop said.

“In particular, female players wanting to play have to be turned away in many Australian communities because of poor facilities or a lack of facilities.

“It's important that sports funding takes a bottom-up as well as a top-down approach if young Australian female football players are to get the opportunities they deserve alongside their male counterparts."