To help celebrate Female Football Week, we sat down with the inspiring Rayan Hussein to discuss her involvement in football and why she loves the game so much!
Get this, Rayan not only plays for the Rydalmere AAW1 side, but also coaches the Holroyd Rangers o30L side AND the Holroyd Rangers u13/3 side.
As a player, Rayan is already showing leadership qualities beyond her age by recently adding coach to her resume. In 2020, Rayan took on the role as the coach of the Holroyd Rangers o30 Ladies team. In her first year, led the brand new team all the way to the grand final!
“by far coaching this team to the grand final last year is my best footballing experience off the pitch” Hussein said.
The Holroyd Rangers o30s went through the regular season undefeated only losing out on the 2020 decider. Impressive for a first time coach in a new team of ladies! Rayan said “I fell in love with the team more and more as I watched them improve each week”.
Rayan has now also added the coaching role of the Holroyd Rangers u13 Div 3 side to her already impressive resume. A huge challenge but one shes ready for. Rayan is looking to start her C-License coaching qualifications very soon.
On the pitch, Rayan is a top player in her own right. In last years Phoenix League semi final against Quakers Hill, Rayan pulled off two clutch saves in the penalty shootout and advancing her team through to the decider.
How did you get involved in Football?
I have a family background in football. My grandfather was the goalkeeper for Lebanon when he played. I fell in love with football at an early age and started my journey as a 7 year old with Granville Waratah FC. Soon after I moved across to Rydalmere Lions where I have played ever since.
Any advice to young girls to come and try football?
Just do it! Don’t think about it and try it. If you fall in love, great!
Any advice to football mums to come and play?
Give it a go. Its so much fun when you play. Don’t over think it. It’s a great way to get fit and stay healthy.
Where would you love to see female football go in the future?
I would love participation in football to be “normal”, especially young girls from a religious background. I want to break the stereotypes that football is only for the boys and that girls can enjoy it just as much as the boys do.
Keep doing what you’re doing Rayan and everyone behind the GDSFA & Phoenix League will always support you!