|Founded||25 October 2008|
|Confederation||Asian Football Confederation|
|Number of teams||9|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|International cup(s)||AFC Women's Club Championship|
|Current champions|| Melbourne Victory (2nd title) |
|Current premiers|| Sydney FC (3rd title) |
|Most championships||Melbourne City (4 titles)|
|Most premierships|| Brisbane Roar |
|TV partners|| Network 10 (Australia)|
(Australia and New Zealand)
Three (New Zealand)
beIN Sports (Southeast Asia)
Australia TV (Pacific Islands)
Pasifika TV (Pacific Islands)
BT Sport (Ireland and UK)
YouTube (Non-Broadcast Regions)
|Current: 2020–21 W-League|
The W-League is the top-division women's soccer league in Australia. The W-League was established in 2008 by Football Federation Australia and was composed of eight teams of which seven had an affiliation with an A-League club, and the other was a new entity based in Canberra. The league is currently contested by nine teams. The competition is known as the Westfield W-League through a sponsorship arrangement with the Westfield Group.
Seasons typically run from November to February and include a 12-round regular season and an end-of-season finals series playoff tournament involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in a Grand Final match. The winner of the regular season tournament is dubbed 'Premier' and the winner of the grand final is 'Champion'. Since the league's inaugural season, a total of five clubs have been crowned W-League Premiers and five clubs have been crowned W-League Champions.
Melbourne Victory are the current Champions. Sydney FC are the current premiers.
Between 1996 and 2004 the Women's National Soccer League (WNSL) was Australia's top women's soccer league. In 2004 it was discontinued alongside the men's National Soccer League.
After Australia qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, head coach Tom Sermanni felt the establishment of a professional league was vital for continuing the development of players.Football Federation Australia established the league the following year. The W-League was initially composed of eight teams: Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, and Sydney FC. Seven of the eight teams were affiliated with A-League clubs, and shared their names and colours to promote their brands. The eighth club was Canberra United.
The W-League's inaugural season commenced on 25 October 2008, with Perth hosting Sydney at Members Equity Stadium.After ten rounds, the regular season finished with Queensland Roar as the top-placed team, becoming the first W-League premiers, and advancing to the semi-finals along with the second-, third- and fourth-placed teams. Queensland faced Canberra in the 2009 W-League Grand Final, defeating them 2–0 to take the champions trophy.
Central Coast Mariners were forced to withdraw from the 2010–11 season due to a lack of funding and have yet to return.
When Western Sydney Wanderers joined the A-League for the 2012–13 season, they also entered a team into the W-League, returning the competition to eight teams. From 2012 to 2014, the W-League champion team qualified into an international competition, the International Women's Club Championship.
On 13 May 2015, Melbourne City were confirmed to compete in the W-League from the 2015–16 season.The club had a remarkable inaugural season, winning all 12 of its regular season games and winning the Grand Final.
From the inception of the competition the league was run by Football Federation Australia, the governing body for the sport in Australia. In July 2019, the FFA relinquished operational control of the league to each of the clubs, represented by the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association.
The W-League regular season typically runs from November to February and consists of 12 games per team, with the highest ranked team winning the title of "Premier".The top four teams in the regular season then advance to the single-game knockout semifinals, with the Champion determined by the victor of the Grand Final.
From the 2019–20 season, ABC TV has broadcast one game per weekend. Fourteen rounds of that season were broadcast at 4pm on Sundays, as well as the whole W-League 2020 Finals Series.Fox Sport's contract with the A-League, which was renegotiated in June 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, concludes in July 2021.
From August 2021, the A-League and W-League signed a five-year deal with ViacomCBS giving broadcast rights to Network 10 (one A-League match on 10, one W-League match on 10 Bold) and Paramount+ (all of the other games) streaming service.
|Adelaide United||Adelaide, South Australia||West Beach Parks Football Centre|
Marden Sports Complex
|2008||2008||Adrian Stenta||Dylan Holmes||5th||5th|
|Brisbane Roar||Brisbane, Queensland|| Moreton Daily Stadium |
Lions Stadium, Brisbane
|2008||2008||Jake Goodship||Clare Polkinghorne||1st||2nd|
|Canberra United||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory|| McKellar Park |
|2008||2008||Vicki Linton||Kendall Fletcher||1st||4th|
|Melbourne City||Melbourne, Victoria||Frank Holohan Soccer Complex |
Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
|2015||2015||Rado Vidošić||Emma Checker||1st||7th|
|Melbourne Victory||Melbourne, Victoria|| Lakeside Stadium |
Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
John Ilhan Memorial Reserve
|2008||2008||Jeff Hopkins||Angela Beard||1st||3rd|
|Newcastle Jets||Newcastle, New South Wales|| Wanderers Oval |
|2008||2008||Ash Wilson|| Cassidy Davis |
|Perth Glory||Perth, Western Australia|| Dorrien Gardens |
Hay Park, Bunbury
|2008||2008||Alexander Epakis||Natasha Rigby||1st||9th|
|Sydney FC||Sydney, New South Wales|| Jubilee Stadium |
Seymour Shaw Park
|2008||2008||Ante Juric||Teresa Polias||1st||1st|
|Western Sydney Wanderers||Sydney, New South Wales|| Marconi Stadium |
|2012||2012||Dean Heffernan||Caitlin Cooper||3rd||6th|
|Team||Location||Stadium||Capacity||Founded||Joined||Dissolved||Last head coach||Last captain||Highest|
|Central Coast Mariners||Gosford, New South Wales||Central Coast Stadium||20,059||2008||2008||2009||Stephen Roche||Caitlin Cooper||2nd||2nd|
Performance and ranking of clubs based on their best regular season result in the W-League.
|1||Brisbane Roar||1st (three times)||1||3||2||2||1||4||6||4||7||1||2||5||2|
|2||Canberra United||1st (three times)||3||4||3||1||5||1||3||2||1||5||8||6||4|
|3||Sydney FC||1st (three times)||4||1||1||3||4||2||4||3||3||2||3||3||1|
|4||Melbourne City||1st (twice)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||4||4||5||1||7|
|8||Central Coast Mariners||2nd||6||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|9||Western Sydney Wanderers||3rd||—||—||—||—||6||7||8||7||8||8||9||3||6|
|10||Adelaide United||5th (twice)||8||7||7||7||8||6||7||5||6||9||6||8||5|
Legend: Team names in italics indicates the club is no longer a current W-League member.
A W-League squad is required to have a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 26 players.[ citation needed ] Players typically receive a one-season contract,[ citation needed ] with many playing in leagues in other countries during the W-League's off-season. Due to the W-League's season running during the off-season of several leagues around the world, many foreign players have played for teams in the W-League and vice versa.
In 2015, teams in the W-League had a salary cap of A$150,000.Individual player salaries vary, with one player reporting to The Sydney Morning Herald in 2012 that whilst some players earn $10,000, others earn nothing. In 2014, it was reported that Sydney FC players were paid salaries ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. Players can also earn money playing overseas and may therefore be considered by Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) as professional.
Some clubs are owned by their state soccer associations including Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets.[ citation needed ]
For the 2017–18 season a minimum salary was introduced at A$10,000. The average salary therefore rose from A$15,500 to A$17,400. A salary cap was set at A$300,000.
The 2018–19 season marked the first time that fans were able to watch every W-League game. All matches were broadcast or streamed on Fox Sports, SBS Viceland and the My Football Live app. Thursday Night Football was also introduced, meaning 13 stand-alone regular season matches will be played in prime-time and broadcast live on Fox Sports.The Football Federation Australia (FFA) reached a deal with ESPN+ for broadcast rights to W-League games in the United States. ESPN+ will carry at least 17 W-League matches in the 2018–19 season. For the first time ever W-League games would be broadcast on YouTube and Twitter in territories without a traditional broadcast partner. Since July 2019, Foxtel has broadcast all matches and ABC has broadcast one match per round live on its primary channel.
The W-League features Women Referees and Assistant Referees from Australia. Current referees include:
|Season||Premiers (regular season winners)||Champions (Grand Final winners)|
|2008–09||Queensland Roar||Queensland Roar|
|2009||Sydney FC||Sydney FC|
|2010–11||Sydney FC||Brisbane Roar|
|2011–12||Canberra United||Canberra United|
|2012–13||Brisbane Roar||Sydney FC|
|2013–14||Canberra United||Melbourne Victory|
|2014||Perth Glory||Canberra United|
|2015–16||Melbourne City||Melbourne City|
|2016–17||Canberra United||Melbourne City|
|2017–18||Brisbane Roar||Melbourne City|
|2018–19||Melbourne Victory||Sydney FC|
|2019–20||Melbourne City||Melbourne City|
|2020–21||Sydney FC||Melbourne Victory|
Queensland Roar changed their name to Brisbane Roar for the 2009 season onwards.
As of 21 March 2020 (end of 2019–20 post-season).Players listed in bold are still actively playing in the W-League.
As of 31 March 2021. Players listed in bold are still actively playing in the W-League.
|8||Lisa De Vanna||39|
The A-League is the highest-level professional men's soccer league in Australia and New Zealand. At the top of the Australian league system, it is the country's primary competition for the sport. The A-League was established in 2004 by Football Federation Australia (FFA) as a successor to the National Soccer League (NSL) and competition commenced in August 2005. The league is currently contested by twelve teams; eleven based in Australia and one based in New Zealand.
Aivi Belinda Kerstin Luik is an Australian soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Spanish Primera División club Sevilla FC and the Australia women's national team. She previously played for Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory in the W-League, Brøndby IF in Denmark's Elitedivisionen, Fylkir in Iceland's Úrvalsdeild kvenna, Notts County F.C. in England's FA WSL, and Vålerenga in Norway.
The 2006–07 A-League was the 30th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the second season of the A-League since its establishment the previous season. Football Federation Australia hoped to build on the success of the first season and on the interest generated by the Socceroos competing in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fox Sports had signed a A$120 million deal over 7 years for the exclusive broadcast rights of the A-League, AFC Champions League, and national team matches.
This is a list of W-League records and statistics.
Lydia Grace Yilkari Williams is an Australian soccer player who currently plays as a goalkeeper for Arsenal in England's FA Women's Super League (WSL) and the Australia women's national soccer team. She previously played for Melbourne City and Canberra United in Australia's W-League; Reign FC, Houston Dash and the Western New York Flash in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the United States; and Piteå IF in Sweden's Damallsvenskan.
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The Football Federation Australia Cup, commonly known as the FFA Cup, is the national football knockout cup competition in Australia. This annual competition is organised by Football Australia, formerly known as the Football Federation Australia until 2020.
Western Sydney Wanderers F.C. is an Australian women's soccer club based in the western region of Sydney, New South Wales. Founded in 2012, it is the affiliated women's team of the A-League team Western Sydney Wanderers. The team currently competes in the country's top-tier women's domestic competition, the W-League.
The 2014–15 A-League was the 38th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the 10th season of the A-League since its establishment in 2004. Brisbane Roar were both the defending A-League Premiers and Champions. The regular season commenced on 10 October 2014 and concluded on 26 April 2015. The 2015 Grand Final took place on 17 May 2015. The season was suspended from 9–24 January in order to avoid a clash with the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, which was hosted by Australia.
The 2015–16 A-League was the 39th season of top-flight soccer in Australia, and the 11th since the establishment of the A-League in 2004. Melbourne Victory were both the defending A-League Premiers and Champions. The regular season schedule was released on 29 June 2015. The season commenced on 8 October 2015 and concluded on 10 April 2016. The finals series commenced on 15 April 2016 and concluded with the 2016 Grand Final, held on 1 May 2016.
The 2014 FFA Cup was the inaugural season of the FFA Cup, the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. 631 teams in total from around Australia entered the competition. Only 32 teams competed in the competition proper, including the 10 A-League teams and 22 Football Federation Australia (FFA) member federation teams determined through individual state preliminary rounds held in early 2014. The FFA Cup competition proper commenced on 29 July 2014 and concluded with the FFA Cup Final on 16 December 2014. which was brought forward from Australia Day in order to avoid a clash with the 2015 Asian Cup, which was hosted by Australia.
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The 2016 FFA Cup was the third season of the FFA Cup, the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. 32 teams again took part in the competition proper, including the 10 A-League teams and 21 Football Federation Australia (FFA) member federation teams determined through individual state qualifying rounds, as well as the reigning National Premier Leagues Champion.
Melbourne City Women Football Club, also known as the Melbourne City Women or simply as City, represents Melbourne City in the W-League, the top division soccer league in Australia. Founded in 2015, the club has its training and administration based at the City Football Academy in Melbourne and plays matches at the Frank Holohan Soccer Complex in Dandenong and at AAMI Park in the Melbourne city centre. The current manager of the team is Rado Vidošić.
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While this is not a full-time professional workload wage, the women can also earn money playing overseas and are therefore considered by the PFA to be categorised as professional.