Soccer star overcoming challenges and sacrifice while being a passionate advocate of women’s health, women in sport, and diversity
Melissa Barbieri is one of Australia’s most capped female footballers, making 86 appearances over 13 years for the Australian National Football team The Matildas. She has played in 4 FIFA Women’s World Cups, and the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Bubs currently plays in the W-League for Melbourne City and works as the team Assistant Coach.
Passionate about coaching the next generation of footballers and providing quality training programs she spends time facilitating private coaching to schools and running her own clinics.
With her level of experience and ability to comprehensively articulate the game she has been a sought after commentator and has appeared on ABC Offsiders, Channel 7 & SBS Coverage of The World Cup. Bubs currently works with ABC Grandstand and is a regular contributor for SBS The World Game website.
Melissa is an engaging, powerful and motivational speaker. Her personal story of resilience, overcoming challenges, and sacrifice is inspiring for all who have heard her. She is also a passionate advocate of women’s health, women in sport, and diversity.