Women Onside warmly congratulates our co-founder, Moya Dodd AO, on being honoured in the King’s Birthday Honours List announced today. Moya was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for her services to sport.
Moya has been a trailblazer in women’s football, in Australia and globally, for decades now. The Adelaide-born player was vice-captain of the Matildas during her playing career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and represented Australia at FIFA’s first ever women’s tournament in 1988.
After hanging up her boots, Moya became a leading football administrator. Moya has served on the governing boards/committees of Football Australia, the Asian Football Confederation and Fédération Internationale De Football Association (FIFA).
When Moya joined FIFA’s Executive Committee, she became one of the first women to serve in the role. She was instrumental in progressing numerous key gender equality initiatives during her tenure.
Moya is passionate about advancing women in football everywhere, which led her to co-found Women Onside. Moya continues to be an active member of Women Onside, including in our work to support the Afghan Women’s National Team following their arrival in Australia last year.
Moya is also a partner at leading law firm Gilbert + Tobin and chair of Common Goal.
Kerry Harris, Women Onside Chair, said:
“Moya has blazed a trail for women’s football in Australia. On the eve of our first-ever Women’s World Cup on home soil, it is only fitting that Moya’s lengthy service to the world game is recognised in this way. Women Onside is extremely proud to call Moya one of our own.”
“Women’s football is where it is today in Australia and globally thanks in no small part thanks to the vision, determination and passion of Moya. She is a stalwart of the women’s game in Australia.”