Josh Cavallo’s Adelaide United is hosting Aussie soccer’s first Pride Game

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South Australian gay soccer star Josh Cavallo has cheered his club Adelaide United for hosting the A-League’s first ever Pride Game.

Adelaide United will become the first A-League club and the first Australian pro soccer team to host a Pride Game on Saturday, February 26.

The club’s men’s and women’s teams will both take part. They’ll host the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium in South Australia.

Adelaide United players will all wear rainbow names and numbers on their jerseys during the match.

The club has partnered with Pride Cup, an organisation that helps sports clubs across the country organise the matches.

Josh Cavallo said it was “a significant day for myself, members of the LGBTI+ community, and Adelaide United.”

“Adelaide United is an incredibly inclusive environment and is like one big family,” the 22-year-old said.

“They’ve been extremely supportive of me since I arrived in Adelaide.

“I couldn’t be prouder of what the club, together with Pride Cup, have organised.”

Josh Cavallo came out four months ago

Josh Cavallo is the world’s only openly gay top-flight male professional player.

He came out as gay last October to a flood of support from all around the world.

Last month, Cavallo took a stand against homophobic abuse he received from spectators during a match.

Rival club Melbourne Victory, who strongly condemned the sledges, received a fine from Football Australia.

Pride Game to show all fans ‘always welcome at Adelaide United’

According to Pride Cup, research shows around 78% of LGBTIQ people don’t feel safe as spectators at sporting events.

Announcing the Pride Game, Adelaide United said they want their games to be safe places for everyone to attend.

Women’s team captain Isabel Hodgson says the Pride Game will “help raise awareness and advocate for inclusivity.”

“As captain of our women’s team, it’s really exciting to be a part of something that celebrates diversity and welcomes all walks of life,” she said.

United CEO Nathan Kosmina said the announcement of the Pride Game was “an extremely proud day” for Adelaide United and the sport.

“Through football we want to continue to provide a safe space that’s welcoming for all people to come and attend matches,” Kosmina said.

“We want people to know that it doesn’t matter what your sexuality, ethnicity, gender, or socio-economic background is.

“You are always welcome at Adelaide United.”

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