Maria has had a long-term involvement with Melbourne Victory as a fan of both the men’s and women’s teams. Maria has been a member since the 2013/14 season. For both the men’s and women’s matches, she brings the perspective of a woman at matches which is inherently different from the experience of men in the same space.
With experience in coaching and administration at a range of clubs around Melbourne and also working for Football Victoria in government relations and facilities development, she has developed a great network in the football community in Victoria. The network includes many who are Melbourne Victory fans and attend matches and many who do not.
She has been involved in women’s football at the national and international level as an administrator and Matildas team manager, tour leader and team liaison for visiting overseas teams.