Old Bar Barbarians FC among eight clubs selected as Flag Bearers for World Cup matches

Football Australia’s Game Changer Program has given eight Northern NSW Football clubs the opportunity to take on the role as Flag Bearers at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 this July and August.  

Thirty two clubs applied for the opportunity and entered the draw with eight clubs selected: 

  • Bellbird Junior FC 

  • Coutts Crossing FC 

  • North Companions FC 

  • Muswellbrook Eagles FC

  • Tuncurry Forster FC 

  • Old Bar Barbarians FC 

  • Lismore Thistles FC 

  • Adamstown Rosebud JFC

Six young people will represent their club as Flag Bearers, getting the opportunity to walk on the field and be a part of the pre-match ceremony.  

Old Bar Barbarians FC’s Secretary Natalie James was thrilled that her club had been given the chance for members of their club to be seen on the world stage.  

“This opportunity is a once in a lifetime chance for our club. It helps reinforce to the community that regional clubs can get these opportunities through hard work and dedication and that we don't go unnoticed by our governing bodies,” James said.  

“The girls that get to be involved are really excited and that brings me great joy knowing I can help make a difference to young football players within our club.” 

Twelve-year-old Mackenzie was chosen as one of the lucky participants who will represent the Old Bar Barbarians FC as a flag bearer at the 28 July match.   

“I am excited because I get to run out on the field, carry the flag and watch the World Cup in real life,” Mackenzie said.  

NNSWF Project Manager Club Development Phillip Andrews said female football was the major focus in the game right now with the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on the horizon. 

“Game Changer is the new club development program offered by Football Australia to support clubs. Gaining one-star accreditation involves setting up a club profile online and then completing the OUR Game Women’s and Girls module,” Andrews said. 

“Game Changer supports clubs to create an action plan that incorporates the FIFA Women’s World Cup and begins planning for increased interest after the cup.”  

Visit the Northern NSW Football Game Changer website HERE 

Visit the Football Australia Game Changer website HERE