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Plastic not so fantastic: concerns raised over artificial W-League pitch | Samantha Lewis

The only synthetic surface used in Australia’s top football competitions rates poorly and is unpopular with playersThe first thing you noticed was the smell. Walking into Cromer Park for Sydney FC’s match against Adelaide United on Sunday, overpowering…

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How Football Australia plans to capitalise on hosting Women’s World Cup | Samantha Lewis

After two major missed opportunities, a legacy plan will be unveiled next week with FA hoping not to waste a third Last year, former Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou publicly criticised the lack of long-term legacy that the 2000 Olympic Games and …

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Adelaide United’s off-field moves finally reaping rewards on it | Samantha Lewis

Following a chaotic period in which the W-League club was ‘missing a backbone’ the benefits of driving change from within are clearWhen Dylan Holmes was announced as captain of Adelaide United’s W-League team ahead of the 2020-21 season, the club poste…

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W-League has always been inclusive but when will queer players and fans be celebrated? | Samantha Lewis

Unlike the AFLW, the women’s league is missing an opportunity to lead football in acknowledging its diverse communitiesSquint hard enough at the broadcast of Melbourne Victory’s game against Newcastle Jets on Sunday afternoon and you may have noticed a…

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W-League rewarding consistency at midway point of chaotic season | Samantha Lewis

At the conclusion of round six, the ladder reflects the clubs that have prioritised multi-season squad consistencyNine seconds into Sydney FC’s game against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, veteran Jets striker Tara Andrews registered the game’s first sh…

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W-League rewarding consistency at midway point of chaotic season | Samantha Lewis

At the conclusion of round six, the ladder reflects the clubs that have prioritised multi-season squad consistencyNine seconds into Sydney FC’s game against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, veteran Jets striker Tara Andrews registered the game’s first sh…

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Broadcasting bungles undermine genuine quality of W-League | Samantha Lewis

Fox Sports’ coverage over the weekend sent out an alarming message about how football is now valued by the broadcasterIt is the 10th minute of Brisbane Roar’s round five match against Melbourne Victory. On the far side of the field, two of the league’s…

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Sarai Bareman: the Fifa executive bringing women’s football in from the margins | Samantha Lewis

The former Samoa international and only woman on Fifa’s reform committee is driving change from withinFrom her time as a player on the Samoan women’s national team to becoming deputy secretary general of the tiny Oceania Football Confederation, few peo…

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W-League’s culture placed under threat after men throw bottles onto pitch | Samantha Lewis

The two worlds of men’s and women’s fan culture collided in an ugly incident during Sunday’s Melbourne derby Sunday afternoon’s Melbourne derby had everything you could want from a revenge story. The protagonist, Melbourne City, had suffered a great lo…

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W-League poised for new emerging dynasties in post-Melbourne City era | Samantha Lewis

The close nature of most games in the first three rounds suggests this season is as open as everThe only way for Melbourne City this season, you felt, was down. As admirable as their ambitions to repeat last season’s undefeated double were, their own h…

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Resilient W-League gears up for season start despite many challenges thrown at it | Samantha Lewis

The 2020-21 campaign gets underway next week when an opportunity for a new generation of young Australian footballers presents itselfThe 2020-21 W-League season starts next week. This seems like a perfectly ordinary sentence. In any other year, it woul…

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Lisa De Vanna: ‘Every player wants to have that heroic send-off’ | Samantha Lewis

She hasn’t yet had her fairytale Matildas farewell, but Covid-19 lockdown in Italy has given the veteran striker new perspectiveLisa De Vanna has never done things quietly. So it took many by surprise when, after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Matilda…

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Lisa De Vanna: ‘Every player wants to have that heroic send-off’ | Samantha Lewis

She hasn’t yet had her fairytale Matildas farewell, but Covid-19 lockdown in Italy has given the veteran striker new perspectiveLisa De Vanna has never done things quietly. So it took many by surprise when, after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the Matilda…

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Caitlin Foord’s rise to global recognition a decade in the making | Samantha Lewis

The Australian has been included in the Guardian’s top 100 players for the first time after rediscovering a joie de vivre to her play in 2020Caitlin Foord is standing on the edge of a diving board. She glances down into the clear, bright water, estimat…

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Australian football study reveals Matildas’ alarming lack of squad depth | Samantha Lewis

Exclusive: Research by FFA paints a bleak outlook for the national team before the 2023 World CupEarlier this month, when Football Federation Australia denied Wellington Phoenix’s request to relax the W-League’s international player rules in order to f…

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Jade North: the former Socceroo using the power of sport to build bridges | Samantha Lewis

The first Indigenous player to captain the Socceroos is on a mission to help people learn from Australia’s ‘dark history’The New South Wales town of Taree, about two hours north of Newcastle, is built on a great divide – slicing through the town’s cent…

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FFA zero in on next Matildas coach but that is just one piece of puzzle | Samantha Lewis

The appointment of Rae Dower as women’s technical advisor is arguably as important as who will take the reins next monthAs October draws nearer, so too does the reported deadline for the appointment of the Matildas’ next head coach. Some regard it as t…

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FFA zero in on next Matildas coach but that is just one piece of puzzle | Samantha Lewis

The appointment of Rae Dower as women’s technical advisor is arguably as important as who will take the reins next monthAs October draws nearer, so too does the reported deadline for the appointment of the Matildas’ next head coach. Some regard it as t…

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Sam Kerr: ‘I hope that we can be what Cathy Freeman was to kids like us’ | Samantha Lewis

The Matildas captain on being inspired by the 2000 Olympics, how the challenges of the pandemic have been met and exciting times aheadShe is one of the most talked-about footballers in the world and her name has been written into the history books, but…

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Australia’s foreign legion begin to prove their worth in WSL | Samantha Lewis

Fortunes were mixed but for the most part the sizeable group of Matildas joining Sam Kerr in England did not look out of placeLast week, when asked about Sam Kerr’s performance during Chelsea’s Community Shield win over Manchester City, head coach Emma…