- First Nations flags will be flown in all matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- This is the first time such a decision has been made in a World Cup.
- The decision was applauded by football bodies in Australia and New Zealand.
The tournament runs from July 20th to August 20th.
“This decision is consistent with our organization’s values, which make diversity and inclusion core to our philosophy as a governing body and vision for the tournament,” he said.
FIFA also incorporated advice from its own all-female Indigenous and Maori Cultural Commission, known as the Whanau First Sisters of Country of Sea and Air.
Indigenous pair Kaia Simon and Lydia Williams and Matildas’ teammates famously posed with Aboriginal flags before kickoff of the group’s first match against New Zealand at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Kaya Simon said she was happy to see her family in the stands with Aboriginal flags. sauce: AAP
Some in the Matilda family have previously said that a defining moment in their childhood was when Kathy Freeman draped the Aboriginal flag around her neck at Stadium Australia after winning the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The game’s governing body has already confirmed that one of the eight armbands captains will be able to wear at this month’s tournament is the red “Unity for the Indigenous Peoples” option.
Kathy Freeman holding the Australian and Aboriginal flags after winning gold in the 400 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. sauce: AAP / Dean Lewins
Simon, who is a member of the FA’s National Indigenous Advisory Group, would not specifically say what he expects from the stadium, considering FIFA is still working to resolve the situation.
“At every major tournament my family brought me an Aboriginal flag. It’s so close to see you’re home to me.
Football Australia welcomed the news of the Indigenous armbands and said a decision on the flag was expected this week.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/first-nations-flags-to-fly-at-the-fifa-womens-world-cup-in-historic-first/agsqrdicq FIFA Women’s World Cup: Indigenous flag hoisted for first time in history