Sydney FC W-League

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Sydney WFC
Logo
Full name Sydney Women's FC
Founded 2008
Ground Sydney Football Stadium
Ground Capacity 45,500
Owner David Traktovenko
Chairman Scott Barlow
Head coach Alen Stajcic
League W-League
2013–14 2nd League
Website Club home page
Current season

Sydney Women's FC, also known as Sydney FC W-League is a professional soccer club based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It competes in the country's premier women's soccer competition, the W-League. It has a direct affiliation with the male Sydney FC, who compete in the A-League.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

The Sydney FC W-League team before the 2009 Grand Final

The formation of the W-League in October 2008 saw the league composed of eight teams. Seven of the eight clubs were directly affiliated with the A-League clubs, Sydney FC being one. The women's team shares the men's club name and colours.[1]

Inaugural season[edit]

The inaugural W-League season was played over 10 rounds, followed by a finals series.[2] During Sydney's season opener, the squad defeated Perth Glory 4–0 with a brace scored by Leena Khamis and two goals from Danielle Small and Heather Garriock.[3]

Captained by Australian international Heather Garriock Sydney's first season saw mixed results. The club finished midtable in the 4th spot, sneaking into the finals, however lost out to eventual champions Brisbane in the semi-finals.[4]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year League Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2008-09 W-League 4th Place Semi-finalists
2009 W-League Champions Premiers
2010-11 W-League Champions Runners-up
2011-12 W-League 3rd Place Semi-finalists
2012-13 W-League 4th Place Premiers

Colours and badge[edit]

The primary club colour of Sydney FC is sky blue, which represents the state colour of New South Wales. The secondary club colour is navy blue, with additional contrasting colours of orange and white.

The Sydney FC badge was created and used since the men's club founding in 2004. It features a football set centrally in a stylised crest shape. Above the ball is the shape of three shells of the Sydney Opera House, an internationally recognisable symbol of the city of Sydney. Below the ball is the Commonwealth Star, a seven-pointed star symbolising the Federation of Australia.

Stadiums[edit]

WIN Stadium1

Sydney FC currently plays its home games at WIN Stadium, Jubilee Oval, and Allianz Stadium (formerly Sydney Football Stadium). Located in Wollongong, New South Wales, WIN Stadium features a seating capacity of 23,750 and a grass field. Jubilee Oval is located in Carlton, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney. It features a 24,000 seating capacity and grass pitch. The primary tenants for both fields are the St. George Illawarra Dragons rugby league team. Allianz Stadium is located in Moore Park, Sydney and features a seating capacity of 41,159 and grass pitch. The Matildas, Socceroos and the Wallabies occasionally play at the stadium, while the Sydney Roosters, NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC men's team are the grounds major tenants.

During the inaugural season of the W-League, Sydney FC played their home matches at Campbelltown Stadium, a rugby league stadium in Leumeah, New South Wales, Australia. The stadium is owned by Campbelltown City Council and features a nominal capacity of 20,000. It is the full-time home ground for the Western Suburbs Magpies District Rugby League Football Club and is one of three home grounds for the Wests Tigers Rugby League Football Club.[citation needed] The men's Sydney FC team played some pre-season and A-League matches at the stadium in 2008 as well.

During the 2009 season, the club played their home games at Sydney Football Stadium. The following season, they played home games at Campbelltown Stadium, WIN Stadium, and Seymour Shaw Park. During the 2011-12 season, they played at Leichhardt Oval and Campbelltown Stadium. During the 2012-13 season, they played at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Football Stadium, and Cromer Park.

Broadcasting[edit]

Live W-League matches are broadcast nationwide on ABC1 each Sunday at 3:00pm.[5] Beginning in the 2013-14 season, Fox Sports will also broadcast two league matches during the season. The matches will be part of W-League / A-League doubleheaders.[6] During the 2012-13 season, several W-League matches were aired on community radio station, 98.0 North West, and online via the station's website and iPhone app.[7]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 14 January 2014.[8][9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Casey Dumont
2 Australia MF Teresa Polias (Vice-Captain)
3 Australia DF Danielle Brogan (Captain)
4 Australia DF Alesha Clifford
5 Australia DF Elizabeth Ralston
6 Australia MF Natalie Tobin
7 Australia MF Nicola Bolger
8 Australia DF Amy Harrison
9 Australia DF Caitlin Foord
10 Australia DF Renee Rollason
No. Position Player
11 New Zealand DF Anna Green
12 Australia MF Chloe Logarzo
13 Australia MF Trudy Camilleri
14 England FW Jodie Taylor
15 Australia MF Melissa Caceres
16 Australia DF Ellyse Perry
17 Australia GK Sham Khamis
18 New Zealand FW Emma Kete
19 Australia FW Leena Khamis
20 Australia MF Samantha Kerr

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 10 October 2013.[10]

Position Name
Head coach Australia Alen Stajcic
Assistant coach Australia Daniel Barrett
Assistant coach Australia Leena Khamis
Goalkeeping coach Australia Davide Del Giovine

Honours[edit]

Premiers: 2009, 2010–11
Runners-Up: 2013–14
Champions: 2009, 2012–13
Runners-Up: 2010–11

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W-League to debut in October". Fox Sports. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Westfield W-League draw released". A-League. 6 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Perth Glory - Sydney FC 0:4". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Roar wins in shootout". A-league.com.au. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane Roar v Canberra United – Saturday, 3 October at 3pm on ABC1"
  6. ^ "Westfield W-League kicks off". Football Federation Australia. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "98.9 North West". 98.9 North West. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Players and staff". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Laundry, Cameron (29 October 2013). "Westfield W-League Squad Numbers Announced". Football Federation Australia. 
  10. ^ "Players and staff". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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