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Ellie Carpenter: a truly modern-day full-back with plenty still to offer | Samantha Lewis

The 19-year-old Matilda has the potential to rival the likes of Lucy Bronze and Kelley O’HaraIn Australia’s match against Brazil at July’s Women’s World Cup, there was a moment that perfectly encapsulated the eye-catching playing style of right-back El…

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Melbourne Victory’s global foray shines light on W-League relationship with Asia | Ella Reilly

Starved of success on their first international foray, time will tell if Melbourne Victory’s participation in the AFC Women’s Club Championship will be viewed as a milestone or a millstoneQuestions about the immediate future of the W-League have tended…

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Concerns over player welfare raised by W-League’s partnership with NWSL | Samantha Lewis

With plans to formalise an Australian-American accord comes a risk to the wellbeing of the game’s greatest assetsWhile Australia’s young local talent took centre-stage in the W-League’s opening round, this past weekend saw the league’s NWSL-based playe…

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Emergence of young talent helps ease W-League into post-Sam Kerr era | Ella Reilly

The performances of Mary Fowler and Shadeen Evans in the opening round point to a bright future After an off-season which seemingly stretched for a lifetime, the 2019-20 W-League is finally underway – to quite some relief. The first round kicked off a …

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Sam Kerr’s watershed move and the start of the new normal for women’s football | Samantha Lewis

Chelsea’s signing of the Matildas striker should herald a push towards further investment by clubs and leaguesWhen Sam Kerr poked a reluctant toe at her first football at the age of 12, having been forced by her parents to abandon her first love – Aust…

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W-League 2019-20 season preview: team-by-team guide

Energised by local youth but anchored by international stars, how the nine clubs shape up for season 11 On the face of it, a delayed draw, inconsistent squad announcements and a muted marketing campaign have not given much cause for enthusiasm for the …

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W-League 2019-20 season preview: 10 reasons to be excited

From a strong Matildas contingent to emerging talent in a more competitive league, there is plenty of cause for optimism this seasonThey say absence makes the heart grow fonder; Australian football fans should be able to attest to that, having endured …

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Indigenous women continue to play key role in development of football in Australia | Samantha Lewis

Past exploits have often been overlooked but there is much to be gained by listening to the stories of the W-League’s Aboriginal players One of the most striking parts of Saved!!!, a children’s book written by Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams, is not…

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Sam Kerr to move on from Australia but can W-League move on from her? | Samantha Lewis

The departure of the Matildas captain robs the W-League of its biggest star, but it also presents a golden opportunity for the competition to start a new chapterLast week, FFA’s Greg O’Rourke confirmed the news that Australian football fans had long su…

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Former Premier League chief Richard Scudamore to assist Australian football

Special advisor role comes as leagues break from FFA‘Australian game has so much potential for growth’Former English Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore has been appointed special advisor to the A-League clubs and head of league Greg O’…

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Tigres to ban ‘pseudo fan’ who allegedly groped USA player Sofia Huerta after game

Man appeared to grope midfielder while posing for selfieMexican media say man has been identified and lawsuit filedMexican club Tigres says it intends to ban a supporter for life after he appeared to grope USA international Sofia Huerta after a friendl…

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A-League clubs to take control of competition in new deal with FFA

Impasse over independently-run A-League has been brokenNew entity to manage the A-League and W-LeagueAn impasse over creating an independently-run A-League has been broken with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to soon cede control to clubs. A new en…

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A-League clubs to take control of competition in new deal with FFA

Impasse over independently-run A-League has been brokenNew entity to manage the A-League and W-LeagueAn impasse over creating an independently-run A-League has been broken with Football Federation Australia (FFA) to soon cede control to clubs. A new en…

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Maturing W-League points to further future improvements | Ella Reilly

Sydney FC’s grand final win showed collective need often supplants the individual ego – and the league is thriving for itThe 2018-19 W-League season has been one of history makers and breakers. With its first marquee player (Sam Kerr), a new all-time g…

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Sam Kerr’s Glory denied a W-League championship in a six-goal thriller

Sydney FC 4-2 Perth GloryUS imports shine as McCaskill and Huerta score beltersSam Kerr might be the star import in the American women’s football league. But it was Sydney FC’s American imports to the W-League who turned the tables on the celebrated Ma…

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W-League grand final 2018-19: Sydney FC v Perth Glory – live!

Updates from the decider at Jubilee OvalAny thoughts? Email or tweet @rrjparkin 5.28am GMT Our players are out on the pitch, as we observe the national anthem.Your predictions? On paper, Sydney FC might just shade it position by position across the XI….

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W-League grand final: time to rise above recent women’s football furore| Richard Parkin

The players will return to centre stage following a lamentable few weeks for the gameIt’s the premier fixture in the women’s domestic football calendar, but a casual internet search would return scant details about this Saturday night’s W-League final,…

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Sam Kerr performance underlines success of W-League marquee concept | Richard Parkin

Striker steals headlines but Perth’s win is illustrative of continued growth across boardWhat more is there to write about Sam Kerr? By the numbers, she’s unstoppable. 69 goals in 96 W-League appearances, 16 goals for the season, a record 13 in the reg…

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W-League finals: Sam Kerr hat-trick sinks premiers Victory

Melbourne Victory 2-4 Perth Glory (2-2, full-time)W-League marquee Sam Kerr scores three, one assist 5.51am GMT Simply put, that’s one of the most remarkable individual performances, collective performances, and one of the most amazing two hours of foo…

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Melbourne Victory claim maiden W-League premiership with win in Perth

Perth Glory 1-2 Melbourne VictoryBrisbane draw at Adelaide earlier on FridayMelbourne Victory are W-League premiers for the first time following a chaotic 2-1 final-round victory over Perth Glory at Dorrien Gardens. An unexpected 1-0 defeat for fellow …