Overseeing the strategy and expansion of Australia’s most successful and longest-running Indigenous football initiative, John Moriarty Football.

4,000+

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.

IFA’s goal is to 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 is creating sustainable social change and providing 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 strategy and 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.

IFA Council

The role of the IFA Council is to strategically guide IFA to maximise the national and international benefits of JMF.

The 16 member IFA Council has majority Indigenous membership, and is gender equal. Each member brings unique, lived experience plus skills, aligned values and goals for Indigenous football in Australia. Each is committed to creating tangible, equitable and lasting change.

The guidance of the IFA Council will help create exponential social change through football, expand JMF and ensure more equitable access to the great game of football for grassroots and elite Indigenous players.

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.

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.

Council of powerful Australians named by Indigenous Football Australia

August 10, 2022

IFA secures partnership with adidas

July 6, 2022

JMF Pathways Sydney May 2022 Immersion Week

June 15, 2022