Canberra United FC

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Canberra United
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Full name Canberra United Football Club
Founded 2008
Ground McKellar Park
Ground Capacity 2,000
Chairman Kate Lundy
Coach Liesbeth Migchelsen
League W-League
2013–14 1st (league)
Website Club home page
Current season

Canberra United Football Club is a semi-professional soccer club based in Canberra, Australia. It competes in the country's premier women's competition, the W-League. The club was formed in 2008 for the league's inaugural season.[1] Canberra is the only team in the league that is not affiliated to a men's A-League club, although a team in the National Youth League from Canberra also competes (the Australian Institute of Sport).

In their first season Canberra were runners-up in the Grand final, defeated by Queensland Roar (now Brisbane Roar). Canberra were crowned Premiers and Champions in the 2011–12 season after winning the league and defeating Brisbane Roar Grand final.

History[edit]

W-League 2008/09 Season[edit]

The first announcement of the club came in July 2008, coinciding with the establishment of the new W-League. The formation of the new club presented a unique situation in the league, that it was not associated with an established A-League side. In August, Canberra appointed Matildas assistant coach Robbie Hooker as coach for the inaugural season, and ACT Senator Kate Lundy as club chair.[2][3] United also announced its first key signing in local Canberran and Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Hooker made a number of key signings in the first registration window, also securing Caitlin Munoz, Amy Chapman, Grace Gill-McGrath, Hayley Crawford, Rhian Davies, Thea Slatyer for the inaugural season. The squad was further expanded in the lead up to the first round, signing on a number of players from the ACT and Southern NSW, and also signing Sasha McDonnell and Kara Mowbray from Queensland. The final squad presented significant strength on paper, boasting eight full internationals and a further four Young Matildas.

United started the season steadily, alternating losses and wins in the opening rounds - including a win over eventual Premiers Queensland Roar. Scoring came with some difficulty for the side, with four goals in their opening first five matches. Influencing this record was an injury to striker Caitlin Munoz in Round 1, keeping her sidelined for a number of weeks. Munoz's return to the side in Round 6 immediately lifted the scoring rate, contributing four goals in the last five rounds. Despite early losses, Canberra were unbeaten in the last seven rounds of the competition, achieving a third placed finish with a record of four wins, four draws and two losses. Canberra's strength throughout the season has been in defence, drawn from a number of experienced players. In front of a dependable Williams in goal, a defensive backline led by Thea Slatyer and captain Ellie Brush frustrated opposition and ensured the second-best defensive record in the competition, bettered only by Premiers Queensland.

United won their away semi-final against Newcastle Jets,[4] and progressed to the inaugural final, where they were defeated by Queensland Roar.

W-League 2009 season[edit]

There were a number of changes at Canberra for their second season, most notably the departure of Robbie Hooker and appointment of Ray Junna as coach.[5] Junna has commenced preparations for the new season to establish a new squad, and has retained most of the locally based players. Star striker from the previous season Caitlin Munoz is unable to play this season due to a knee operation, but has accepted an assistant coach role with Junna.[6]

2013-14 season[edit]

Before the season the team appointed Liesbeth Migchelsen, a former Dutch International, as head coach[7] and Raeanne Dower as assistant coach.[8]

Colours and badge[edit]

The primary club colour of Canberra United is green, chosen principally since it did not clash with the other seven clubs in the inaugural competition. They are the second elite sporting team from the city to wear a green jersey after National Rugby League club, Canberra Raiders. This has led to some cross-promotion between the two 'green machine' teams.[9]

The Canberra United badge depicts the flagpole of Parliament House, a symbol of Canberra.

Stadium[edit]

Canberra play their home matches at McKellar Park, more formally known as Belconnen Soccer Centre, a purpose built football ground in north Canberra. Since 2009, Canberra have played occasional home matches at Deakin Stadium, a newly completed football ground in central Canberra.

United also have the potential to play significant matches at the 25,011 capacity Canberra Stadium. A match involving Canberra United was played at the ground in 2009, although it was officially a home game for Canberra's opponents, Central Coast Mariners. The match was a curtain-raiser to the Mariners' A-League fixture.

Supporters[edit]

Canberra United had the highest attendance in the W-League in the inaugural season with an average crowd of 1029. Their first home match attracted a crowd of 1637 against Central Coast Mariners (9 November 2008). The largest attendance to watch a Westfield W-League match at McKellar Park was 2512 for the Grand Final against Brisbane Roar (28 January 2012).

Current squad[edit]

Correct as of 29 August 2014[10][11] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Chantel Jones
2 Australia DF Catherine Brown
3 Australia MF Julia De Angelis
4 United States MF Kendall Fletcher (Guest player)
5 Australia DF Grace Field
6 Australia MF Caitlin Munoz
7 Australia DF Ellie Brush (Vice-Captain)
8 Australia FW Meg McLaughlin
9 Australia MF Grace Gill
10 Australia MF Grace Maher
11 Australia FW Michelle Heyman
No. Position Player
12 Australia DF Sally Rojahn
13 Australia DF Nicole Begg (Captain)
14 Australia FW Ashleigh Sykes
16 United States MF Lori Lindsey
17 Australia DF Holly Houston
18 Australia DF Rebecca Kiting
19 Australia MF Jennifer Bisset Cruz Roja.svg
20 Australia GK Melissa Maizels
22 United States FW Stephanie Ochs
Australia GK Lydia Williams Cruz Roja.svg

Club officials[edit]

Position Name
Chairmen Australia Kate Lundy
Chief Executive Officer Australia Heather Reid
Head Coach Netherlands Liesbeth Migchelsen
Assistant Coach Australia Raeanne Dower

Sponsors[edit]

Season Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Secondary sponsors
2008 Hummel CFMEU Capital Tourism

ActewAGL

2008-09
2010 The Tradies
2011 Rock Development Group

Honours[edit]

Records[edit]

  • Highest win: 5-0 v Adelaide United (7 January 2012), v Newcastle Jets (27 October 2012), v Western Sydney Wanderers (8 January 2013)
  • Highest loss: 1-5 v Brisbane Roar (12 January 2013)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W-League to debut in October". Fox Sports. 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Canberra United appoint Chair and Head Coach". Capital Football. Retrieved 2008-08-29. [dead link]
  3. ^ Sherwood, M (2008-07-28). "Canberras best players on national stage". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  4. ^ Smith, P (2009-01-10). "Canberra into Westfield W-League final". A-League.com.au. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  5. ^ Sherwood, M (2009-06-29). "Junna up for United challenge". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  6. ^ Gottaas, C (2009-08-27). "Munoz joins coaching ranks for 2009 season". Canberra United. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  7. ^ Gibbs, Russ (15 August 2013). "Liesbeth Migchelsen Appointed Head Coach". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Gibbs, Russ (15 August 2013). "Raeanne Dower appointed United Assistant Coach". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Pollack, B (2008-11-07). "Original Green Machine Showing Support for Canberra United". Canberra United. Retrieved 2009-10-04. 
  10. ^ "Canberra United Players". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Premiers Canberra United name familiar squad for Season 7". The Women's Game. 4 September 2014. 

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