Home of the Matildas at La Trobe University
From Kingsbury Drive to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™ – backing the home team means even more for the La Trobe community this year.

La Trobe has taken backing the home team to the next level this FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™, with the Home of The Matildas officially open at La Trobe Sports Park.

The Commonwealth Bank Matildas have their very own purpose-built, high-performance home base. The facility is available for the team's exclusive use whenever they are in camp, providing an elite training environment that caters to every need the team requires as the pre-eminent facility in the region.

In addition, Australia's other national teams, including the Young Matildas, Future Matildas, Socceroos and Olyroos will also utilise the training facility, to support their aspirations on the world stage.

“[La Trobe] have done really well to put everything together and it's going to be exciting to see it all come alive. It's going to be amazing for the advancement of women's football especially in Australia and Victoria,” said Commbank Young Matilda Naomi Chinnama.

The Home of the Matildas is part of the La Trobe University Sports Park, a world-class precinct for teaching, research, community participation and elite sport.

The La Trobe Sports Park features the facility’s showpiece pitch – a FIFA-standard hybrid – with a further hybrid and three FIFA-standard synthetic pitches. CommBank Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson expressed that the facilities are comparable to the world’s best facilities available to women.

“All those little details that matter in a high-performance environment, they’ve thought about it all. I’m really impressed.”

Football Victoria Director and Football Australia Legacy ‘23 Ambassador Azmeena Hussain believes the facility will help support the drive for equity in football.

“This facility is incredible. It provides so many opportunities to upskill women in football… to participate not just on the pitch, but also in sports administration and leadership opportunities.”

La Trobe’s establishment of The Home of the Matildas at the La Trobe University Sports Park is a reflection of the University’s excellence in Sports education and the deep commitment to promoting sport and healthcare through outstanding teaching and research.

La Trobe is ranked in the Top 50 worldwide for sports-related subjects [1], the Top 100 worldwide for Anatomy and Physiology subjects [2] and the Top 20 worldwide for good health and well-being [3], measuring the University’s research on key diseases and conditions, support for healthcare professions and health of students and staff.

The Home of the Matildas project is funded as part of a $101 million investment by the Andrews’ Labor Government into the La Trobe University Sports Park, with the $42.29 million for The Home of The Matildas – the biggest investment ever made by any level of government for a football-specific project in Australia.

[1] Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 2023, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Sports-Related Subjects

[2] Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 2023, QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Anatomy & Physiology

[3] Times Higher Education (THE), 2023, Impact Rankings 2023: good health and well-being

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