Melbourne Victory FC (A-League Women)

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Melbourne Victory Women
Full nameMelbourne Victory Football Club
Founded2008;15 years ago (2008)
Ground AAMI Park
CB Smith Reserve
Capacity30,050
2,000
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro
Manager Jeff Hopkins
League A-League Women
2021–22 4th of 10 (champions)
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Melbourne Victory FC is an Australian women's soccer team affiliated with Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Victoria. Founded in 2008, the team is one of the representatives of Melbourne in Australia's top-tier domestic competition – the A-League Women.

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History

Establishment

Following on from the previous top-division Women's National Soccer League, Melbourne Victory Women linked with the Hyundai A-League men's club but run by Football Federation Victoria (FFV), was a foundation club of the Westfield W-League. [1] With a strong roster boasting Australia's number one goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri and former Matildas star Tal Karp as captain, expectations were high.

Inaugural season

Early signs were positive in the first season with New Zealand international Marlies Oostdam scoring the club's first goal as Victory won their first competitive fixture, defeating Central Coast Mariners 2–0. [2] Despite being on top of the table at the conclusion of Round 3, the next few rounds were lean for Melbourne, and it found itself in the position of needing a win in the final round to make the finals series. With the final round match in the balance, Central Coast Mariners came back to haunt Victory with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes to deny the Victory a play-off spot in the inaugural year. [3] Melissa Barbieri was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year by the league. [4]

2009

The second season proved even more painful as once again Melbourne's finals prospects came down to a last-round showdown, this time against Perth Glory. Needing only a draw to claim fourth spot, late goals again cost Victory as Perth scored in the 81st and 87th meaning the Victorians missed out on finals to Canberra via goal difference.

2010–11

Season 2010/11 saw a change of personnel for Melbourne Victory with new coach Vicki Linton taking charge of a re-shuffled squad. Adjusting to a new system and new teammates, it was a slow start with the team having to wait until Round 4 to claim its first win of the season before finishing the regular season off with a five-match undefeated run.

Finishing in fourth spot, Victory made the finals but succumbed to a strong Sydney FC team 5–1. The team was not quite ready for a title challenge but a maiden finals campaign was an important step forward. 2010/11 also saw the club win its first silverware with a win over Canberra United, seeing it awarded the OCRF Trophy while also taking out the W-League Fair Play Award.

2011–12

If 2010/11 was an important step forward, 2011/12 was a giant leap for Melbourne Victory as it consolidated its place as one of the top teams in Australia. Its most consistent season so far saw it never out of finals contention. Going the entire season undefeated at home – including going within minutes of beating the undefeated Canberra United – Victory finished fourth in the tightest season of the Westfield W-League in history.

Despite a tight 1–0 loss to Canberra in the semi-final it was a successful season with Steph Catley, Ashley Brown, Brianna Davey and Katrina Gorry all making their Matildas debuts while Catley and Brown won Footballer of the Year (Australian Football Fan Awards) and W-League Young Player of the Season respectively. Melbourne Victory also won its second successive W-League Fair Play Award, sharing with Canberra, and retained the OCRF Trophy.

2012–13

Hoping to build on their strong 2011/12 season, the Victory got off to a shaky start in 2012/13 with head coach Vicki Linton resigning only weeks before the season was to kick-off. With her departure Darren Tan was appointed as interim coach until former Gold Coast United coach Mike Mulvey was given the job just days before the opening round.

Having only a squad of 12 players registered going into the match, Melbourne Victory was forced to sign three more players due to FFA regulations before going on to lose 2–0 to Perth. Despite another loss in Round 2 leaving the team on the bottom of the ladder, a combination of international signings – including stars Petra Larsson and Jessica Fishlock  – and players beginning to understand Mulvey's playing system led to a turnaround in form.

With the league's best defence, Melbourne finished the regular season in third place losing only a single match after Round 2. Even so, the team had to contend with more issues as Mulvey left following Round 9 to take up an A-League contract with Brisbane Roar, while Fishlock's guest contract ended after Round 10. A dramatic semi-final win over Perth Glory extended the side's historic undefeated streak to seven and allowed it to host the 2012/13 Westfield W-League grand final at AAMI Park, although it fell to Sydney FC 3–1. Despite this, Steph Catley was awarded W-League Young Player of the Year and Mike Mulvey W-League Coach of the Year.

Players

Current squad

As of 15 November 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Casey Dumont
2 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Tiffany Eliadis
3 DF Flag of New Zealand.svg  NZL Claudia Bunge
5 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Jessika Nash
6 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Beattie Goad
7 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Gema Simon
8 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Alana Murphy
9 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Catherine Zimmerman
10 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Alex Chidiac (on loan from Racing Louisville)
11 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Natalie Tathem
13 MF Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Sarah Rowe (injury replacement)
14 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Melina Ayres
No.Pos.NationPlayer
15 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Amy Jackson
16 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Paige Zois
17 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Maja Markovski
18 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Kayla Morrison (captain)
19 FW Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Lia Privitelli
20 GK Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Miranda Templeman
21 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Elise Kellond-Knight
22 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Ava Briedis (scholarship)
23 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Emily Kos (scholarship)
24 DF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Anna Liacopoulos (scholarship)
25 FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Rikke Madsen (injury replacement, on loan from North Carolina Courage)
27 MF Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AUS Rosie Curtis (scholarship)

Notable former players

Below is a list of notable footballers who have previously played for Melbourne Victory Women. Generally, this means players that have played 50 or more first-class matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included, are the club's integral founding members, were integral members of a championship winning team, have at least one senior international cap or made significant contributions to the club's history.

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Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada

Flag of England.svg England

 

Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

Flag of South Korea.svg South Korea

Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden

Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey

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Managers

DatesNameNotesHonours
26 October 2008–5 December 2009 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matt Sheppard [5] Inaugural manager
3 August 2010–7 September 2012 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Vicki Linton [6] [7] First manager to take the club to W-League finalsW-League Fair-Play Award (x2): 2010–11 & 2011–12
12 November 2011–13 November 2011 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Edwards[ citation needed ]Step-in Manager for one match
21 October 2012–18 December 2012 Flag of England.svg Mike Mulvey [8] Departed in Round Ten to join Brisbane Roar in the A-League.W-League Coach of the Year 2012–13
18 December 2012–27 January 2013 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Fabrizio Soncin [9] [10] Promoted from Assistant Coach to complete season 2012–13W-League Premiership Runners-Up 2012–13
5 February 2013–23 February 2014 Flag of England.svg Dave Edmondson [11] Departed following Grand Final to join Bristol Academy [12] W-League Champions 2013–14
14 May 2014–March 2015 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Joe Montemurro [13] Departed after season to join Melbourne City [14]
October 2015–January 2016 Flag of England.svg Dave Edmondson [15] [16]
17 June 2016– Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jeff Hopkins [17]

Honours

Continental record

SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentHomeAwayAggregate
2019 AFC Women's Club Championship Flag of South Korea.svg Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels
0–4
4th place
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Jiangsu Suning
1–1
Flag of Japan.svg Nippon TV Beleza
0–5

Year-by-year history

Melbourne W-League history
SeasonTeamsLeague PositionFinals Position
2008–09 85th
2009 85th
2010–11 74thSemi-Finals
2011–12 74thSemi-Finals
2012–13 83rdFinalist
2013–14 83rdChampions
2014 82ndFinalist
2015–16 99th
2016–17 99th
2017–18 97th
2018–19 91stSemi-Finals
2019–20 92ndSemi-Finals
2020–21 93rdChampions
2021–22 104thChampions

Records and statistics

Records

Most appearances

Maika Ruyter-Hooley holds the record for most league appearances with 54 (including finals) as of January 2013

Last updated 29 January 2013

Competitive, professional matches only.
NameYearsW-LeagueFinalsTotal
1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Maika Ruyter-Hooley 2008–50454
2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Enza Barilla 2008–40 4 44
3 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stephanie Catley 2009–34 4 38
4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Amy Jackson 2010–31 4 35
5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Caitlin Friend 2010–27 3 30

Leading scorers

Jodie Taylor holds the record for most league goals with 12 (including finals) as of January 2013.

Last updated 29 January 2013

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
NameYearsW-LeagueFinalsTotalGames per goal
1 Flag of England.svg Jodie Taylor 2010–201212 (19)0 (2)12 (21)1.75
=2 Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McDonald 2012–7 (11)0 (2)7 (13)1.86
=2 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Caitlin Friend 2010–7 (27)0 (3)7 (30)4.29
=4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Laura Spiranovic 2011–4 (12)1 (2)5 (14)2.8
=4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Katrina Gorry 2009, 2011–20125 (17)0 (1)5 (18)3.6
=4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Amy Jackson 2010–5 (31)0 (4)5 (35)7
=4 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Enza Barilla 2008–5 (40)0 (4)5 (44)8.8

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