Adelaide United FC (W-League)

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Full name Adelaide United Football Club
Nickname(s) Lady Reds, United, Reds
Founded 2008
Ground Elite Systems Football Centre, Adelaide
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Greg Griffin
Manager Huss Skenderovic
League W-League
2015–16 5th (league)

Adelaide United FC, also known as the Lady Reds, is an Australian soccer team based in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 2008, it is the affiliated women's team of Adelaide United. The team competes in the country's premier women's soccer competition, the W-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia.



Adelaide United Women's team was formed in 2008 with the inception of the W-League, becoming one of the founding eight teams.[1] The inaugural set up saw North Eastern MetroStars coach Michael Barnett take charge[2] with ex-Adelaide United player Richie Alagich take up the assistant coach role and Matildas stalwart Dianne Alagich named as captain.[3]

Colours and badge[edit]

Since its inception Adelaide United has played in a predominantly all-red home kit. For the inaugural season the away kit consisted of a white top and socks and red shorts; during the 2009 season the away kit changed to a black top with red shorts and socks. The badge is heavily based on the Adelaide United men's team, with the logo being encased in a W-League shield; as is the case with every other W-League club.

Inaugural season[edit]

Adelaide's first game was on 25 October 2008 against Queensland Roar at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, which ended in a 4–1 loss with Sharon Black getting the consolation goal.[4] The first win came in Round 2 against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium, a hard fought 3–2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Sandra Scalzi.[5] The Reds followed this up with another 3–2 win over Sydney FC before failing to win any of their next seven league games, finished last in the eight-team competition in their inaugural season.

2009 season[edit]

After a disappointing inaugural season drastic changes were made to the playing staff including the retirement of experienced campaigners Sharon Black and Dianne Alagich to create a youthful team for the 2009 season.[6][7] Despite the new look squad Adelaide continued to struggle in the league failing to win any of the first 5 games which included a record equaling defeat against Sydney FC on 1 November 2009.[8] The first goal of the 2009 season was scored by Tenneille Boaler against Newcastle Jets in the round 6 clash at the Wanderers Oval the game ended in a 3 – 3 draw handing Adelaide its second point of the year.[9] The season didn't get any better for Adelaide as they failed to win a single game in the second season but thanks to an unlikely 2 all draw with power house team Brisbane Roar they finished the season in 7th place their best ever finish to date.[10] Most Valuable player for 2009 season Racheal Quigley.

2010–11 season[edit]

The 2010–11 season was even worse for the Lady Reds as they lost all ten of their W-League matches. They only scored four goals and finished with a disappointing −32 goal differential; they tied their worst defeat with a −1 loss to Newcastle in round nine. Coach Michael Barnett was let go at the end of the disappointing season, and was replaced by David Edmondson.

2011–12 season[edit]

Adelaide continued to struggle through most of the 2011–12 season as they opened the campaign with six more losses, scoring four goals during that time while letting twenty-one in. This was better pace than the previous season, though, and the Lady Reds showed significant improvement in on-field play versus 2010–2011, cited as being "unlucky" to not come away with at least a point on multiple occasions. They finally snapped their winless and losing streaks, at 34 and 18 games respectively, with a 1–0 defeat of the Perth Glory in round eight, taking them off the bottom of the table for the first time since November 2009.[citation needed]

Following Adelaide United taking control of the women's team, their first move was signing Mark Jones as the head coach.[11]

Current squad[edit]

squad for the 2016–17 season. (current at 3 November 2016)[12]

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 Eliza Campbell
2 Australia MF Cheyenne Hammond
4 Australia Emily Hodgson
5 Brazil DF Mônica (on loan from Orlando Pride)
6 Australia Ally Ladas
7 Australia Stella Rigon (Captain)
8 Australia FW Emily Condon
9 Australia FW Marijana Rajcic
10 Australia FW Racheal Quigley
11 Mexico FW Sofia Huerta (on loan from Chicago Red Stars)
12 Australia FW Adriana Jones
No. Position Player
13 Australia Lucy Adamopoulos
14 Australia DF Grace Abbey
15 Australia MF Georgia Campagnale
16 Australia Kelsey Zafiridis
17 Australia Dragana Kljajic
18 Australia Isabella Scalzi
20 Australia GK Sarah Willacy
21 Australia GK Claudia Jenkins
24 United States MF Danielle Colaprico (on loan from Chicago Red Stars)
25 United States DF Katie Naughton (on loan from Chicago Red Stars)
30 Australia MF Alex Chidiac

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Hussein Skenderovic
Assistant Coach Australia Simon Catanzaro
Goalkeeper Coach Australia Neil Tate
Conditioning Coach Australia Nik Hagicostas
Doctor Australia James Ilic
Physiotherapist Australia Marieke Cornielissen
Physiotherapist Australia Harry Roesch
Sports Trainer Australia Carol Goddard


Last updated 20 November 2010

Name From To Played Won  Drawn Lost
Australia Michael Barnett Sep 2008 Feb 2011 30 2 4 24
England David Edmondson Sep 2011 Aug 2013 22 3 0 19
Australia Ross Aloisi Aug 2013 Jul 2015 24 6 5 13
Australia Jamie Harnwell Jul 2015 Sep 2016
Australia Mark Jones Sep 2016 Sep 2016
Australia Hussein Skenderovic Oct 2016


Main article: Hindmarsh Stadium

Adelaide United WFC play their home games at Hindmarsh Stadium where they sometimes play a curtain-raiser to A-League games.[13]


One league match per week is broadcast in Australia via ABC.[14] Beginning in 2016, the weekly game is also broadcast on ESPN 3 in the United States.[15]


Last updated 18 December 2011

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Westfield W-League officially launched". A-League. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "MetroStars Coaches". MetroStars. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Former Matilda named as Reds' W-League Captain". Adelaide United. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Forsaith, Rob (25 October 2008). "Roar fires early". A-League. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "Scalzi fires United home". A-League. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lady Reds to take off against Jets in Westfield W-League". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  7. ^ "Di Alagich ends amazing career in football". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Ormond, Aiden (1 November 2009). "Sydney destroys Adelaide". A-League. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  9. ^ Hughes, Mark (7 November 2009). "Goals galore for Jets, Reds". A-League. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Guoth, Nick (5 December 2009). "Adelaide United Women go down to Canberra United". Adelaide United. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Mark Jones to lead Adelaide United in 2016/17". The Women's Game. 7 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Adelaide United announces Westfield W-League 2016/17 squad". Adelaide United. 3 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "W-League: Reds come home". SBS. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Football: W-League". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Initil, Daniela (2 November 2016). "W-League broadcasting breakthrough indicative of progress for women's sport". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 

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