Key dates set to headline football calendar in 2023


Football in NSW is set for a major boost of events as the 2023 season is set to unveil a number of exciting initiatives following the confirmation of themed rounds which will be celebrated.

Key 2023 Events

  • 29-30 Apr – Heart Health Round
  • 15-21 May – National Volunteer Week
  • 20-21 May – Female Football Round
  • 19-28 May – Female Football Week
  • 24-25 June – Pride Round
  • 2-9 July – NAIDOC Week
  • 8-9 July – Indigenous Round
  • 20th July – FIFA Women’s World Cup Matildas v Ireland
  • 27th July – FIFA Women’s World Cup Matildas v Nigeria
  • 31st July – FIFA Women’s World Cup Matildas v Canada

Early in the 2023 competition season, a newly dedicated ‘Heart Health Round’ will take place on the 29th– 30th of April in a bid to raise awareness about heart health issues, encourage positive health choices, and help to ensure a safe sporting environment for NSW football participants of any age.

The sport will then turn its attentions to celebrating ‘National Volunteer Week’ from the 15th to 21st of May. This will provide an ideal opportunity for clubs and associations to recognise the vital work and commitment the thousands of passionate volunteers have given to football.

In what will be a huge year for the female game, ‘Female Football Round’ (20th– 21st May) – forming part of the national ‘Female Football Week’ (19th – 28th May) initiative – will celebrate the immense growth of women’s football at all levels of the game.

These events will work to build up the excitement for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, with the Matildas’ opening match against Ireland taking place on the 20th of July at the Sydney Football Stadium.

In a new initiative shown by Football NSW, ‘Pride Round’ will be celebrated on the 24th – 25th of June, taking place within the internationally celebrated Pride month. This round will aim to promote and support the diversity and inclusion of the LGBTQI+ communities and families within the football community.

Football NSW will continue to embrace our respected First Nations community with ‘Indigenous Round’ (8th – 9th July), as part of our ‘NAIDOC Week’ celebrations in early July. These events, which will also see the Football NSW hosting the second NAIDOC Cup in conjunction with Northern NSW Football, will offer an opportunity for the game to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of the First Nations’ community to football.

All this and more in what is sure to be an action packed 2023 season for our sport.

More details about each of the events and the activation opportunities available will be released early in 2023.