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Category: W-League

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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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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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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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W-League needs firmer foundations to plug the talent drain to Europe | Emma Kemp

With so many stars being lured away from Australia, the league looks to expand its calendar and professionaliseThe first thing that stuck out about Melbourne City’s W-League opener against Brisbane Roar was Teagan Micah’s superb performance in goal. Th…

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Melbourne City hold Brisbane Roar to draw in W-League opener

2020-21 season begins with goalless draw in RedcliffeRoar fail to convert any of their 25 shots on goalMatildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah marked her W-League debut for Melbourne City with a clean sheet to deny a dominant Brisbane Roar in the season opene…

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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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Sydney Covid-19 outbreak forces mass A-League fixture reshuffle

Almost half of first 35 games rescheduled for later dateTeams based in NSW to play each other for first monthThe A-League has been forced into a major fixture reshuffle following the Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney, with almost half of the first 35 games t…

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Sydney Test in doubt as Covid-19 outbreak wreaks havoc on Australian sport

Cricket Australia says it has not yet made changes to its schedule but several options are being consideredThe Sydney Test could yet become a victim of Sydney’s Covid-19 outbreak as new border closures and restrictions wreak havoc with the Australian s…

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Football Federation Australia forecasts $7.3m loss as Covid hits game hard

FFA reports $1.814m loss in financial year 2019-20Worse outlook for next year as a result of broadcast deal Football Federation Australia is forecasting a loss of $7.3m for the 2020-21 financial year after losing $1.814m in 2019-20.The Covid-19 pandemi…

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Summer start for A-League and W-League with openers on same day in December

FFA confirms schedule for 2020-21 seasonsFirst games to be played on 27 DecemberThe 2020-21 A-League and W-League seasons will kick off simultaneously and run concurrently through the middle of the Australian summer, Football Federation Australia has c…

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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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Economic benefit of 2019 Women’s World Cup bodes well for Australia and New Zealand | Samantha Lewis

French Football Federation report adds weight to the argument that women’s football is transitioning into a serious economic and cultural force On Monday, exactly one year on from the final of the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the French Football Federation …

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W-League stands to capitalise on fortuitous timing amid global uncertainty | Samantha Lewis

Australia is becoming a rather enticing proposition for players caught up in league and contract insecurity elsewhereWhen the 2019-20 W-League season wrapped up in March, it became the last professional football league in the world to complete a full c…

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Australian sport’s shaky financial foundations exposed by Covid-19 spotlight | Scott Heinrich

We thought sport in Australia was rich, but in reality it has been living pay cheque to pay chequeThe chickens they are a-roosting. Covid-19 has claimed many things in its dastardly travails – lives, jobs, a common sense of security – and it might well…

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Give up on the W-League to keep A-League going? That’s just crazy | Samantha Lewis

Sydney FC’s chief executive believes the W-League should not become the A-League’s sacrificial lambAs Australian football continues to navigate the financial crisis that is the coronavirus, there are fears the W-League may be one of the first competiti…