Brisbane club hosting Pride Football Australia Tournament for first time


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Brisbane Inferno FC will host the annual Pride Football Australia tournament for the first time in the event’s history next month.

The tournament brings together Australia’s LGBTIQ football teams for a day of competition. And on February 5, Brisbane Inferno will host the event at Perry Park in Brisbane.

Inferno President Jake Hendrie said the PFA Tournament has run since 2009, with Sydney or Melbourne clubs previously hosting.

Now the Brisbane club will welcome interstate rivals the Sydney Rangers and the Flying Bats to Brisbane for the first time.

The Rangers are Australia’s first gay and inclusive men’s football club and The Flying Bats are the largest lesbian club in the world. Brisbane Inferno also officially joined Pride Football Australia in 2020.

Hendrie said at the tournament there’s lots of ways for football fans to get involved on the day.

The PFA Tournament will include a social 6-a-side competition, open to teams and participants of all backgrounds.

Later, spectators can watch the exhibition matches between the three clubs.

Winning teams will get the Megan Rapinoe Shield and the Josh Cavallo Shield, named after two out and proud footballers.

Pride Football Australia Tournament on February 5

Pride Football Australia President James Cardall said Brisbane Inferno became the newest member of PFA in 2020.

“The reason we’re heading to Queensland is to celebrate the formation of Brisbane Inferno and the opportunity that club will give to LGBTIQA+ footballers in Brisbane,” Cardall said.

“Clubs like Brisbane Inferno, Sydney Rangers, Melbourne Rovers and The Flying Bats are so important because they help improve diversity and inclusion in football.

“We’re expecting a big crowd to come up from Sydney and are welcoming Queenslanders to join in the 6-a-side tournament.”

The Pride Football Australia Tournament is on Saturday, February 5 at Perry Park in Brisbane.

Visit the Facebook event page for more details.

Brisbane Inferno play weekly social soccer

Every Saturday, Brisbane Inferno plays social soccer at Victoria Park in Herston. The club always welcomes new players at different skill levels.

Visit Brisbane Inferno’s Facebook page to find out more about the group.

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