W-League (Australia)

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W-League
Wleague logo.png
Country Australia Australia
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Founded 25 October 2008
Number of teams 8
Levels on pyramid 1
Current champions Melbourne Victory
(2013-14)
Most championships Brisbane Roar
Sydney FC
(2 titles each)
TV partners ABC
Website w-league.com.au
2014 W-League

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 is based in Canberra.[1]

Competition format[edit]

The W-League's season typically runs from November to February and consists of 12 rounds.[2] The top four teams in the regular season advance to the semi-finals with the champion determined by the victor of the Grand Final.[3]

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5]

The Central Coast Mariners were forced to withdraw from the 2010–11 season due to a lack of funding and have yet to return.

W-League Major Trophy Winners
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[edit]

Main article: W-League 2008–09

The W-League's inaugural season commenced on 25 October 2008, with Perth Glory hosting Sydney FC at Members Equity Stadium.[6] 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.[7] 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.[citation needed]

Expansion[edit]

When the Western Sydney Wanderers joined the A-League for the 2012–13 season, they also entered a team into the W-League, returning the competition to eight teams.

Overall Standings[edit]

Position Team Played Wins Draws Losses Win %
1 BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 73 43 16 14 69.9%
2 SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 74 43 12 19 66.2%
3 Canberra United FC.jpg Canberra United 74 39 16 19 63.5%
4 CentralCoastColours 2.png Central Coast Mariners 20 11 1 8 57.5%
5 MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory 74 35 13 26 56.1%
6 PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory 74 34 7 33 50.7%
7 SydneyWanderersColours.png Western Sydney Wanderers 33 8 5 20 31.8%
8 NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 73 17 10 46 30.1%
9 AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 74 11 8 55 20.3%

These results do not include the finals. Updated Round 10, 16/11/2014

Organisation[edit]

Current clubs[edit]

Adelaide United

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Hindmarsh Stadium (16,500)
Coach: Australia Ross Aloisi
Captain: England Kristy Moore

Brisbane Roar

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Perry Park, Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre & A.J. Kelly Park (24,000)
Coach: Australia Belinda Wilson
Captain: Australia Clare Polkinghorne

Canberra United

Location: Canberra, A.C.T.
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Belconnen Soccer Centre (2,000)
Coach: Netherlands Liesbeth Migchelsen
Captain: Australia Nicole Begg

Melbourne Victory

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: various
Coach: Australia Joe Montemurro
Captain: Australia Stephanie Catley

Newcastle Jets

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Wanderers Oval (2,000) & EnergyAustralia Stadium (26,164)
Coach: Australia Peter McGuiness
Captain: Australia Emily Van Egmond

Perth Glory

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Percy Doyle Reserve (5,000)
Coach: Australia Jamie Harnwell
Captain: Australia Collette McCallum

Sydney FC

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium (45,500)
Coach: Australia Alen Stajcic
Captain: Australia Teresa Polias

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Period: 2012-13 — present
Ground: Campbelltown Stadium (20,000)
Coach: Australia Norm Boardman
Captain: Australia Caitlin Cooper

Broadcasting[edit]

Live matches are broadcast nationwide on ABC each Sunday at 3:00pm.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

Stadiums[edit]

Locations of the 2013–14 teams

Primary venues currently used in the W-League:

Stadium Capacity Club
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 [10] 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
Campbelltown Stadium 21,000 Western Sydney Wanderers
Centrebet Stadium 22,500 Western Sydney Wanderers

Other venues previously used by W-League clubs include:

Stadium Capacity Details
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.

Referees[edit]

The W-League features Women Referees and Assistant Referees from Australia. Referees include:

Champions and premiers[edit]

Queensland Roar changed their name to Brisbane Roar for the 2009 season.

Season Regular season Grand final
Premiers Points Runners-up Champions Score Runners-up
2008–09
Details
Queensland Roar QueenslandRoarColours.png 25–17
Ladder
NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets Queensland Roar QueenslandRoarColours.png 2–0
Grand Final
Canberra United FC.jpg Canberra United
2009
Details
Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 23–22
Ladder
CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 3–2
Grand Final
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar
2010–11
Details
Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 24–21
Ladder
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Brisbane Roar BrisbaneRoarColours.png 2–1
Grand Final
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC
2011–12
Details
Canberra United Canberra United FC.jpg 24–21
Ladder
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar Canberra United Canberra United FC.jpg 3–2
Grand Final
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar
2012–13
Details
Brisbane Roar BrisbaneRoarColours.png 26–24
Ladder
PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory Sydney FC SydneyFCColours.png 3–1
Grand Final
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory
2013–14
Details
Canberra United Canberra United FC.jpg 27–26
Ladder
SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC Melbourne Victory MelbourneVictoryColours.png 2–0
Grand Final
BrisbaneRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar
2014
Details
Perth Glory PerthGloryColours.png 30–20
Ladder
MelbourneVictoryColours.png Melbourne Victory

Individual honours[edit]

League awards[edit]

The league presents annual awards for outstanding achievements including:[12]

  1. Julie Dolan Medal
  2. Young Player of the Year
  3. Player's Player of the Year
  4. Goalkeeper of the Year (Golden Glove)
  5. Golden Boot
  6. Goal of the Year
  7. Coach of the Year
  8. Referee of the Year
  9. Fair Play Award

W-League all-time top scorers[edit]

Last updated 7 December 2014

Current and past foreign players in the league[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women in a league of their own". Football Federation Australia. 28 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "W-LEAGUE". Soccer Way. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Westfield W-League fixtures and results". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Grainey, Tim (26 November 2013). "Grainey: A closer look at the Westfield W-League". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "W-League to debut in October". Fox Sports. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Girls shop to the top". FourFourTwo (Australia). 28 July 2008. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "Brisbane Roar v Canberra United – Saturday, 3 October at 3pm on ABC1"
  8. ^ "Westfield W-League kicks off". Football Federation Australia. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "98.9 North West". 98.9 North West. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/Westfield-WLeague-201415-season-draw-released/91350
  11. ^ "Roar Land Inaugural W-League". http://au.fourfourtwo.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  12. ^ "Westfield W-League Awards". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 

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