The Docceroos are a group of enthusiastic footballers with the unifying feature in that we are all doctors (medical practitioners) of varying specialties and origin. Each year we field a team that competes in the World Medical Football Championships which is hosted in a foreign country. Founded in 2003, Dr Alan Jones put a squad of 14 players together in six weeks to compete in Barcelona at the Football Estadi and training fields of F.C. Barcelona.
Since these humble beginnings, the squad has slowly grown stronger and we have fielded a team each year since this time. We have competed favourably in most tournaments but are yet to grab the elusive winner’s trophy. The championships each year are a wonderful opportunity to play six games of football, travel to a new country and meet doctors from around the globe in the setting of a Medical Conference. For those of us fortunate enough to go, it truly is a trip of a lifetime (every year!).The 2022 campaign saw the equal best result for the Docceroos making it through to the semi-finals in Mar Del Plata, Argentina; until being knocked out by Catalonia. Unfortunately, the 2023 campaign in Vienna, Austria, did not quite go to plan with the team finishing 17th despite 4 wins from 6 games. We look to improve on these results in the future.
2024 is a huge milestone for the Docceroos as we are hosting the WMFC 2024 on the Sunshine Coast. Tp do this there have been several important steps including the formalisation as a not-for-profit company – Docceroos LTD. Furthermore, we are so excited to announce that the WMFC 2024 will be the first year that there will be a women’s competition. Australia will submit 2 teams, with coach Michaela Thornton guiding the team.
Please follow our journey in our 2024 campaign as host nation.
Congratulations to the provisional squads: