GIRLS from Stirling Lions Soccer Club played an important role in Sunday’s A-League Grand Final.
Twenty-two players from the club accompanied the 22 starting players from Perth Glory and Sydney FC on the ground before the May 19 match at Optus Stadium.
This mascot role has traditionally been given to rising young male soccer players though in recent years went to a mix of girls and boys.
This is the first time the honour was awarded to an all-female group and Football Federation Australia participation and women’s football manager Sarah Walsh believed it was an important act.
“You can’t be what you can’t see. For a long time, boys have grown up seeing their heroes on TV, and I think this year’s change will be an especially memorable moment for young girls,” she said.
“It might seem like a small gesture, but not only is this going to encourage more young girls to follow their sporting dreams, it’s also going to show the little boys that women have an equal place on the sporting field.”