|Founded||25 October 2008|
|Number of teams||8|
|Levels on pyramid||1|
|Current champions||Melbourne Victory
|Most championships||Brisbane Roar
(2 titles each)
The W-League (currently known as the Westfield W-League for sponsorship reasons) is the top division of women's association football in Australia. Established in 2008, the league is composed of eight teams of which seven are affiliated with clubs in the A-League and their respective state federations. The eighth team based in Canberra.
- 1 Competition format
- 2 History
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Stadiums
- 5 Referees
- 6 Champions and premiers
- 7 Individual honours
- 8 Current and past foreign players in the league
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The W-League's season typically runs from November to February and consists of 12 rounds. The top four teams in the regular season advance to the semi-finals with the champion determined by the victor of the Grand Final.
After the Australia women's national football team qualified for the quarterfinals of the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China for the first time, head coach Tom Sermanni felt the establishment of a professional league was vital for continuing the development of players. The Football Federation Australia established the league the following year. The W-League was initially composed of eight teams: Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, and Sydney FC. Seven of the eight teams were affiliated with the inaugural Australian A-League clubs, and shared their names and colours to promote their brands. The eighth club was the Canberra-based Canberra United.
The Central Coast Mariners were forced to withdraw from the 2010–11 season due to a lack of funding and have yet to return.
|Season||Premiers (regular season winners)||Champions (Grand Final winners)|
|2013–14||Canberra United||Melbourne Victory|
|2012–13||Brisbane Roar||Sydney FC|
|2011–12||Canberra United||Canberra United|
|2010–11||Sydney FC||Brisbane Roar|
|2009||Sydney FC||Sydney FC|
|2008–09||Queensland Roar||Queensland Roar|
Inaugural season, 2008
The W-League's inaugural season commenced on 25 October 2008, with Perth Glory hosting Sydney FC at Members Equity Stadium. After ten rounds, Queensland Roar were the top-placed team, becoming the first W-League premiers, and advancing to the semi-finals along with the second-, third- and fourth-placed teams. They faced Canberra United in the W-League Grand Final 2009, defeating them 2–0 to take the champions trophy.
One game per week (the 3:00 pm Saturday game) was broadcast live nationwide on ABC1. The teams in the W-League have a salary cap of A$150,000 for the entire squad. By comparison, the salary cap for clubs in the corresponding men's competition, the A-League, is A$2.35 million.
||Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Live matches are broadcast nationwide on ABC each Sunday at 3:00pm. Beginning in the 2013-14 season, Fox Sports will also broadcast two matches during the season. The matches will be part of W-League / A-League doubleheaders. During the 2012-13 season, several W-League matches were aired on community radio station, 98.9 North West, and online via the station's website and iPhone app.
Primary venues currently used in the W-League:
|Burton Park||1,200||Adelaide United|
|The Shores||1,000||Adelaide United|
|Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre||49,000||Brisbane Roar|
|Perry Park||5,000||Brisbane Roar|
|A.J. Kelly Park||1,500||Brisbane Roar|
|McKellar Park||2,460||Canberra United|
|Deakin Stadium||1,500||Canberra United|
|Kingston Heath||5,000||Melbourne Victory|
|Broadmeadows Valley Park||5,000||Melbourne Victory|
|Etihad Stadium||53,347 (rectangular configuration)||Melbourne Victory|
|Lakeside Stadium||15,000||Melbourne Victory|
|Wanderers Oval||2,000||Newcastle Jets|
|Adamstown Oval||2,000||Newcastle Jets|
|Ashfield Reserve ||2,000||Perth Glory|
|nib Stadium||20,500||Perth Glory|
|Allianz Stadium||45,500||Sydney FC|
|WIN Stadium||18,484||Sydney FC|
|WIN Jubilee Oval||22,000||Sydney FC|
|Marconi Stadium||11,500||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Cambelltown Stadium||21,000||Western Sydney Wanderers|
|Centrebet Stadium||22,500||Western Sydney Wanderers|
Other venues previously used by W-League clubs include:
|Bluetongue Stadium||20,119||Central Coast Mariners|
|Canberra Stadium||25,011||Used by Central Coast Mariners in the 2009 season during round 5.1|
|Leichhardt Oval||22,000||Used by Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners in the 2009 season during round 8 as a double-header.2|-|
|Wembley Park||2,500||Used by Melbourne Victory in the 2013-2014 season.|
1Central Coast Mariners played this fixture as a home game against Canberra United. 2Sydney FC played this fixture as a home game against Perth Glory. It is also a 'curtain raiser' to the second game, to be played by the Mariners. Central Coast Mariners played this fixture as a home game against Melbourne Victory.
The W-League features Women Referees and Assistant Referees from Australia. Referees include:
Champions and premiers
Queensland Roar changed their name to Brisbane Roar for the 2009 season.
|Season||Regular season||Grand final|
|Newcastle Jets||Queensland Roar||2–0
|Central Coast Mariners||Sydney FC||3–2
|Brisbane Roar||Brisbane Roar||2–1
|Brisbane Roar||Canberra United||3–2
|Perth Glory||Sydney FC||3–1
|Sydney FC||Melbourne Victory||2–0
The league presents annual awards for outstanding achievements including:
- Julie Dolan Medal
- Young Player of the Year
- Player's Player of the Year
- Goalkeeper of the Year (Golden Glove)
- Golden Boot
- Goal of the Year
- Coach of the Year
- Referee of the Year
- Fair Play Award
W-League all-time top scorers
Shows players at current club or last club played for.
(*) Denotes players who have played for more than one W-League team.
Last updated 14 September 2014
Current and past foreign players in the league
Due to the W-League's season running during the off-season of several leagues around the world, many foreign players have played for teams in the league. Many players from countries such as Canada, England, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United States, and Wales have participated throughout the history of the league.
- W-League (Australia) all-time records
- Women's soccer in Australia
- Australia women's national association football team
- Women’s National Soccer League (WNSL) - defunct Australian women's national league
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