Program

Saturday 21 November: 10.30am - 6pm, 8pm - 10pm

Sunday 22 November: 10am - 3pm

Tickets: $15 for both days includes AM/PM tea

You can also book dinner at the venue for $30 (plus GST)

This program is subject to change, particularly because of the availability of writers/speakers due to travel restrictions.

 

The 2020 Football Writers' Festival is subject to COVID-19 restrictions in force at the time.

Saturday November 21

In Conversation with ...

Remo Nogarotto talks about his lifetime of football.

Background reading

FFA's XI Principles

Saturday November 21

Opportunity knocks: making 2023 count for the next 100 years of women's football

Dr Michelle O'Shea (WSU), Dr Fiona Crawford and Greg Werner on the what we must do to ensure hosting the 2023 World Cup is not just a 'feel good' party and impacts the trajectory of women's football over the long term.

Background reading

'Managing World Cup Legacy'; 'Encyclopedia of Matildas' by Andrew Howe & Greg Werner; 'Never Say Die' by Fiona Crawford & Lee McGowan; 'The World Cup Chronicles - 31 Days that Rocked Brazil' by Jorge Knijnik

Saturday November 21

#FWF2020 Supper Club

A Supper Club discussion with some of the stalwarts of football media in Australia over the past two to three decades: Ray Gatt, Simon Hill, Michael Lynch, Val Migliaccio and Murray Shaw.

Background reading

Google their names and their mastheads. 

Sunday November 22

Das A-League Reboot

Deputy Chairman of Melbourne City FC, Simon Pearce and CEO of Sydney FC, Danny Townsend, talk about and answer questions on Das A-League Reboot. (Chatham House Rule applies).

Background reading

Saturday November 21

Do #BlackLivesMatter in football?

Join Professor John Maynard, Professor John Evans and Francis Awaritefe as they explore one of the most important social issues of 2020 and how Australian football rates. 

Background reading

'The Aboriginal Soccer Tribe' by John Maynard

Saturday November 21

Data talks: diversity by numbers

Author of the 'Encyclopedia of Socceroos', co-author of the 'Encyclopedia of Matildas' and statistician, Andrew Howe, on the diversity of players in Australia's men's and women's national leagues

Background reading

'Encyclopedia of Socceroos by Andrew Howe; and 'Encyclopedia of Matildas' by Andrew Howe & Greg Werner

Saturday November 21

Soapbox

It's a game of opinions, isn't it? Got something to say? Want to get something off your chest? Make it short and sharp, and tell us what you think. In 3 minutes (you'll be timed). 

Background reading

all things football

Sunday November 22

In Conversation With ...

FFA CEO, James Johnson

Background reading

FFA's XI Principles (issued July 2020)

Saturday November 21

In Conversation with ...

Craig Foster talks about his book, Fighting for Hakeem, and his transition from football player to commentator and football advocate to social activist.

Background reading

'Fighting for Hakeem' by Craig Foster

Saturday November 21

History, Heroes and Holidays: an insight into telling football stories

Football stories come in a myriad of genres and formats. We talk to a journalist/documentarian, historian, novelist and fan-on-a-holiday about how they came to construct their latest football story.

Background reading

'Mark Viduka Uncovered' (film by Michael Cain; 'Surfing for England' by Jason Goldsmith; 'Chronicles of Soccer in Australia' by Peter Kunz; 'Jarrod Black Guilty Party' by Texi Smith; and 'The Time of My Football Life' by David Picken.

Sunday November 22

Brave New World: the future of football media

Fox Sports doesn't want us; we paid the ABC to have us for one game a week; there are no print journos left at News Limited; a state federation sues an independent publisher for reporting facts ... what is the future of football media? We hear from the Sports Editor of The Australian Wal Mason, Professor of Sports Law from Melbourne University Jack Anderson, and Co-Founder and CEO of Live Sports Graphics, Luke McCoy.

Background reading

A selection of articles here from The Conversation

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