Delivering the national expansion of Australia’s most successful and longest running Indigenous football initiative, John Moriarty Football

3,600+

School-aged Indigenous children will access a life-changing football initiative

36

Indigenous communities in NT, QLD, NSW, Vic, SA, Tas and WA

42

Public school partnerships for in-curriculum football sessions

Creating Pathways

Guided by an expert Advisory Council and in partnership with UNICEF Australia, Indigenous Football Australia (IFA) will unlock the potential of thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities across Australia.

IFA will broaden the benefits of John Moriarty Football to create more equitable access to the great game of football for grassroots and elite players.

Through football, IFA’s goal is to create sustainable social change and provide pathways to improved physical and mental health, wellbeing, education and community engagement for Indigenous girls and boys, families and communities.

JMF National Expansion

Indigenous Football Australia will oversee the national expansion of Australia’s most successful and longest-running Indigenous football initiative, John Moriarty Football (JMF).

Building on a decade of successful operations, JMF will reach all states to create more equitable access to the great game of football for grassroots and elite players, together with improved physical and mental health, wellbeing, education and community engagement for Indigenous girls and boys, families and communities.

Indigenous Football Week

IFA oversees the annual Indigenous Football Week. Since 2015, Indigenous Football Week has celebrated our Indigenous football heroes already kicking goals and paved the way for the new stars of the future. The week is all about the power of football to create change for good.

Indigenous Football Week brings the football community together to support inclusion, cultural recognition and diversity. Together we can create pathways that led to positive change and close the gap.

JMF Scholarships & Pathways

IFA oversees the JMF Scholarships and Pathways Program that provides a life-changing pathway for talented young footballers aged 10-18 years in our grassroots JMF program.

JMF offers two types of scholarships. Firstly, a Sydney Scholarships Program for talented young Indigenous footballers to attend some of Australia’s top schools and undertake intensive football training in Sydney. Secondly, our Community Scholarships Program for promising young Indigenous footballers in regional communities.

IFA launch event

IFA was launched at a special event at Manly United Football Club in April 2021 by Moriarty Foundation Co-Chairs Yanyuwa man John Moriarty AM, Australia’s first Indigenous footballer selected to play for Australia, and Ros Moriarty.

The event was attended by the were newly appointed IFA Council Members, talented young Indigenous JMF Scholarship Holders, UNICEF Australia, elite players and many from the football community.

Also announced was a major partnership between UNICEF Australia and Moriarty Foundation, which has been two years in the making. The two organisations will cooperate through global exchange, knowledge sharing and community-driven advocacy.

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Wrap up of Indigenous Football Week 2021

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