Melbourne Victory FC (W-League)

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Melbourne Victory Women
MVFC W-League Logo.jpg
Full name Melbourne Victory Football Club
Founded 2008; 9 years ago (2008)
Ground Lakeside Stadium, Kingston Heath Soccer Complex
Chairman Anthony Di Pietro
Manager Jeff Hopkins
League W-League
2015–16 9th (league)
Active teams of Melbourne Victory
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A-League (Men's) NYL & NPL (Men's) W-League (Women's)

Melbourne Victory FC is an Australian women's soccer team affiliated with Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Victoria. Founded in 2008, the team is one of the representatives of Melbourne in Australia's top-tier domestic competition – the Westfield W-League (Australia).



Following on from the previous top-division Women’s National Soccer League, Melbourne Victory Women linked with the Hyundai A-League men's club but run by Football Federation Victoria (FFV), was a foundation club of the Westfield W-League.[1] With a strong roster boasting Australia’s number one goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri and former Matildas star Tal Karp as captain, expectations were high.

Inaugural season[edit]

Early signs were positive in the first season with New Zealand international Marlies Oostdam scoring the club’s first goal as Victory won their first competitive fixture, defeating Central Coast Mariners 2–0.[2] Despite being on top of the table at the conclusion of Round 3, the next few rounds were lean for Melbourne, and it found itself in the position of needing a win in the final round to make the finals series. With the final round match in the balance, Central Coast Mariners came back to haunt Victory with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes to deny the Victory a play-off spot in the inaugural year.[3] Melissa Barbieri was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year by the league.[4]


The second season proved even more painful as once again Melbourne’s finals prospects came down to a last-round showdown, this time against Perth Glory. Needing only a draw to claim fourth spot, late goals again cost Victory as Perth scored in the 81st and 87th meaning the Victorians missed out on finals to Canberra via goal difference.


Season 2010/11 saw a change of personnel for Melbourne Victory with new coach Vicki Linton taking charge of a re-shuffled squad. Adjusting to a new system and new teammates, it was a slow start with the team having to wait until Round 4 to claim its first win of the season before finishing the regular season off with a five-match undefeated run.

Finishing in fourth spot, Victory made the finals but succumbed to a strong Sydney FC team 5–1. The team was not quite ready for a title challenge but a maiden finals campaign was an important step forward. 2010/11 also saw the club win its first silverware with a win over Canberra United, seeing it awarded the OCRF Trophy while also taking out the W-League Fair Play Award.


If 2010/11 was an important step forward, 2011/12 was a giant leap for Melbourne Victory as it consolidated its place as one of the top teams in Australia. Its most consistent season so far saw it never out of finals contention. Going the entire season undefeated at home – including going within minutes of beating the undefeated Canberra United – Victory finished fourth in the tightest season of the Westfield W-League in history.

Despite a tight 1–0 loss to Canberra in the semi-final it was a successful season with Steph Catley, Ashley Brown, Brianna Davey and Katrina Gorry all making their Matildas debuts while Catley and Brown won Footballer of the Year (Australian Football Fan Awards) and W-League Young Player of the Season respectively. Melbourne Victory also won its second successive W-League Fair Play Award, sharing with Canberra, and retained the OCRF Trophy.


Hoping to build on their strong 2011/12 season, the Victory got off to a shaky start in 2012/13 with head coach Vicki Linton resigning only weeks before the season was to kick-off. With her departure Darren Tan was appointed as interim coach until former Gold Coast United coach Mike Mulvey was given the job just days before the opening round.

Having only a squad of 12 players registered going into the match, Melbourne Victory was forced to sign three more players due to FFA regulations before going on to lose 2–0 to Perth. Despite another loss in Round 2 leaving the team on the bottom of the ladder, a combination of international signings – including stars Petra Larsson and Jessica Fishlock – and players beginning to understand Mulvey’s playing system led to a turnaround in form.

With the league’s best defence, Melbourne finished the regular season in third place losing only a single match after Round 2. Even so, the team had to contend with more issues as Mulvey left following Round 9 to take up an A-League contract with Brisbane Roar, while Fishlock’s guest contract ended after Round 10. A dramatic semi-final win over Perth Glory extended the side’s historic undefeated streak to seven and allowed it to host the 2012/13 Westfield W-League Grand Final at AAMI Park, although it fell to Sydney FC 3–1. Despite this, Steph Catley was awarded W-League Young Player of the Year and Mike Mulvey W-League Coach of the Year.


2016–17 squad[edit]

squad for the 2016–17 season. (current as of 9 December 2016)[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Mexico GK Bianca Henninger (on loan from Houston Dash)
2 Australia DF Alex Natoli
3 Australia DF Alex Cheal
4 Australia MF Melissa Taranto
5 Australia DF Alexandra Gummer
6 Australia DF Annabelle Martin
7 Australia MF Lia Privitelli
8 Australia MF Ayesha Norrie
9 England FW Natasha Dowie
10 United States MF Christine Nairn (Captain)
11 Australia MF MelindaJ Barbieri
13 Australia FW Laura Spiranovic
No. Position Player
14 Australia FW Selin Kuralay
15 Australia MF Adriana Taranto
16 United States DF Samantha Johnson (on loan from Chicago Red Stars)
17 Turkey MF Gülcan Koca
19 Australia FW Rachel Alonso
20 Australia GK Bethany Mason-Jones
22 Australia FW Caitlin Friend
24 New Zealand MF Kirsty Yallop (Injury replacement)
25 Australia FW Kariah White
30 Australia GK Emily Kenshole

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 Australia DF Alexandra Gummer
6 Australia DF Annabelle Martin
9 England FW Natasha Dowie (on loan from Boston Breakers)
11 Australia MF MelindaJ Barbieri
13 Australia FW Laura Spiranovic
17 Turkey MF Gülcan Koca
20 Australia GK Bethany Mason-Jones
No. Position Player
Australia DF Laura Alleway
Australia FW Melina Ayres
Australia DF Angela Beard
Australia FW Kyra Cooney-Cross
Australia GK Casey Dumont
United States DF Christina Gibbons (on loan from FC Kansas City)

Notable former players[edit]

Below is a list of notable footballers who have previously played for Melbourne Victory Women. Generally, this means players that have played 50 or more first-class matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included, are the club's integral founding members, were integral members of a championship winning team, have at least one senior international cap or made significant contributions to the club's history.

Australia Australia

Canada Canada

England England


New Zealand New Zealand

Sweden Sweden

Turkey Turkey

United States United States

Wales Wales



Dates Name Notes Honours
26 October 2008 – 5 December 2009 Australia Matt Sheppard Inaugural manager
13 November 2010 – 21 January 2012 Australia Vicki Linton First manager to take the club to W-League finals W-League Fair-Play Award (x2): 2010–11 & 2011–12
12 November 2011 – 13 November 2011 Australia Michael Edwards Step-in Manager for one match
21 October 2012 – 18 December 2012 England Mike Mulvey Departed in Round Ten to join Brisbane Roar in the A-League. W-League Coach of the Year 2012–13
18 December 2012 – 27 January 2013 Australia Fabrizio Soncin Promoted from Assistant Coach to complete season 2012–13 W-League Premiership Runners-Up 2012–13
5 February 2013 – 23 February 2014 England Dave Edmondson Departed following Grand Final to join Bristol Academy W.F.C. W-League Champions 2013–14
16 May 2014 – March 2015 Australia Joe Montemurro Departed after season to join Melbourne City
October 2015 – 2016 England Dave Edmondson
17 June 2016 – Wales Jeff Hopkins[6]


One league match per week is broadcast in Australia via ABC.[7] Beginning in 2016, the weekly game is also broadcast on ESPN 3 in the United States.[8]



List of Individual award winners who won awards while playing for Melbourne Victory FC.

  • W-League Coach of the Year
- 2012/13: England Mike Mulvey
  • U20 Female Footballer of the Year – Australian Football Awards
- 2012: Australia Stephanie Catley
  • W-League Young Player of the Year
- 2012/13: Australia Stephanie Catley
- 2011/12: Australia Ashley Brown
  • W-League Goalkeeper of the Year
- 2008/09: Australia Melissa Barbieri
  • Female Footballer of the Year – Australian Football Fan Awards
- 2011/12: Australia Stephanie Catley

Year-by-year history[edit]

Melbourne League W-League history
Season Teams Premiership Ladder
Final Ladder
2008–09 8 5th DNQ 5th
2009 8 5th DNQ 5th
2010–11 7 4th Qualified 4th
2011–12 7 4th Qualified 4th
2012–13 8 3rd Qualified 2nd
W-League (Australia)

Records and statistics[edit]


  • Record Win: 5–0 vs Perth Glory, Week Eight (Season 2011/12), 10 December 2011 & 5–0 vs Adelaide United, Round Seven (Season 2012/13), 1 December 2012
  • Record Defeat: 5–1 vs Sydney FC, 6 February 2011, Semi Final (Season 2010/11)
  • Record High Attendance: 4181 vs Sydney FC, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 27 January 2012
  • Most Goals by a Player in a Game: 3 – Caitlin Friend v Adelaide United, Veneto Club, Bulleen, 19 November 2011 & Jodie Taylor v Perth Glory, 6PR Stadium, Perth, 10 December 2011
  • Most Wins in a Row: 3 – 3 November 2012 to 17 November 2012
  • Longest Undefeated Streak: 7 matches – 1 December 2012 to 20 January 2013
  • Most Goals In a Regular season: Jodie Taylor – 8 goals, 2011–12 W-League
  • Longest Period Without Conceding a Goal: 316 minutes – 18 December 2010 to 23 January 2011. Goalkeeper: Brianna Davey (7 minutes) & Melissa Barbieri (309 minutes)

Most appearances[edit]

Maika Ruyter-Hooley holds the record for most league appearances with 54 (including finals) as of January 2013

Last updated 29 January 2013

Competitive, professional matches only.
Name Years W-League Finals Total
1 Australia Maika Ruyter-Hooley 2008– 50 4 54
2 Australia Enza Barilla 2008– 40 4 44
3 Australia Stephanie Catley 2009– 34 4 38
4 Australia Amy Jackson 2010– 31 4 35
5 Australia Caitlin Friend 2010– 27 3 30

Leading scorers[edit]

Jodie Taylor holds the record for most league goals with 12 (including finals) as of January 2013.

Last updated 29 January 2013

Competitive, professional matches only, appearances including substitutes appear in brackets.
Name Years W-League Finals Total Games per goal
1 England Jodie Taylor 2010–2012 12 (19) 0 (2) 12 (21) 1.75
=2 United States Jessica McDonald 2012– 7 (11) 0 (2) 7 (13) 1.86
=2 Australia Caitlin Friend 2010– 7 (27) 0 (3) 7 (30) 4.29
=4 Australia Laura Spiranovic 2011– 4 (12) 1 (2) 5 (14) 2.8
=4 Australia Katrina Gorry 2009, 2011–2012 5 (17) 0 (1) 5 (18) 3.6
=4 Australia Amy Jackson 2010– 5 (31) 0 (4) 5 (35) 7
=4 Australia Enza Barilla 2008– 5 (40) 0 (4) 5 (44) 8.8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NEW MELBOURNE VICTORY WOMEN'€™S FOOTBALL TEAM KICKS OFF". The Premier of Victoria. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2014.  C1 control character in |title= at position 29 (help)
  2. ^ "Mariners' women denied victory in Melbourne". Football NSW. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mariners women sign off for 2009 with dramatic win". Football NSW. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Hogan, Jesse (22 January 2009). "Barbieri named goalkeeper of the year in inaugural awards". The Age. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Melbourne Victory announce Henninger and Johnson as full squad is completed". The Women's Game. 21 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Jeff Hopkins appointed as Victory W-League coach". Melbourne Victory. 17 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Football: W-League". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  8. ^ 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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