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Feb 09, 2024   |  3:42PM AET

Adelaide United To Headline A-Leagues 2024 Pride Celebration

Adelaide United To Headline A-Leagues 2024 Pride Celebration

Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory will headline the A-Leagues Pride Celebration in March, with Coopers Stadium hosting the annual Pride Cup double-header between both sides.

In a celebration of diversity and inclusivity, the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) has announced the continuation of its Pride Celebrations, signifying the code’s ongoing commitment to making football accessible and inclusive for everyone.

Set to take place from March 8-10 in Australia and March 30 in New Zealand, across both the Liberty A-League Women and Isuzu UTE A-League Men, the 2024 celebration builds on the success of last year as the A-Leagues became the first league in the world to hold simultaneous men’s and women’s Pride Celebrations grounded in education.

Over the last two-and-a-half-years, the APL has developed and delivered a series of initiatives, including a comprehensive training program for players, staff, executives and partners, and the roll out of GoBubble technology to help moderate online hate.

In 2024, the A-Leagues are once again providing LGBTIQ+ inclusion training to all players and key stakeholders. The training content is being uniquely designed for players by players by partnering with the PFA and our delivery partner, Pride Cup.

Across the weekends, a number of Men’s and Women’s teams will also celebrate Pride in their own way including engaging community groups, rainbow corner flags, rainbow armbands, while some clubs will play in a special Pride kit and rainbow socks.

A-Leagues Commissioner Nick Garcia said: “The Pride celebration is another example of how welcoming and inclusive football is as a sport for everyone in Australia and New Zealand.

“We began this journey with Pride Cup and the PFA in 2021 and are looking forward to continuing what is an extremely important initiative within our game. We are proud of the efforts that football in Australia and New Zealand has made to make football more inclusive for fans, players and staff and we look forward to continuing to play our part in 2024.

“The Pride Celebration is grounded in education and training with the ambition of seeing every person involved within our game in Australia and New Zealand feeling safe and included.”

Pride Cup, Chief Executive Officer, Hayley Conway said: ”The A-Leagues Pride Celebration is the first of its kind in the world, bringing together inclusion training and iconic rainbow-themed matches across both men’s and women’s professional leagues.

“Every club, every player, and every fan can play a part in bringing pride to every pitch and learning to every locker room. With just 6% of LGBTIQ+ young people feeling safe to play sports, Pride Cup initiatives are critical to making sure that everyone can play.”.

Tickets for the Pride Cup double header between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory can be purchased here