Sydney FC (W-League)

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Sydney WFC
Logo
Full name Sydney Women's FC
Founded 2008
Ground Allianz Stadium
Ground Capacity 45,500
Owner David Traktovenko
Chairman Scott Barlow
Head coach Daniel Barrett
League W-League
2015–16 3rd (league)
Website Club home page

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

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 made it to the top four to qualify for 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
2013–14 W-League 2nd Place Semi-finalists
2014 W-League 4th Place Semi-finalists
2015–16 W-League 3rd Place Runners-Up

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. During the 2013–2014 season, they played at Jubilee Oval, WIN Stadium, the SFS and at the Sydney United Sports Centre.

During the current 2014/15 season, they play their home games at Lambert Park, Jubilee Oval and WIN Stadium.

Broadcasting[edit]

One league match per week is broadcast in Australia via ABC.[5] Beginning in 2016, the weekly game is also broadcast on ESPN 3 in the United States.[6]

In addition to league-wide arrangements for television broadcasting, 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]

squad for the 2016–17 season (current at 3 February 2017)[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 Sham Khamis
2 Australia MF Teresa Polias (Captain)
3 Australia FW Remy Siemsen
4 Australia DF Elizabeth Ralston
5 Australia FW Gabe Marzano
6 Australia MF Servet Uzunlar
7 Australia MF Nicola Bolger
8 Australia DF Amy Harrison
9 Australia MF Caitlin Foord
10 Nigeria FW Francisca Ordega
11 Australia DF Natalie Tobin
No. Position Player
12 Australia MF Olivia Price
13 Australia DF Georgia Yeoman-Dale
14 Australia DF Alanna Kennedy
15 Australia GK Sarah Easthope
16 Australia MF Hannah Bacon
17 Australia FW Kyah Simon
19 Australia FW Leena Khamis
20 Australia FW Princess Ibini
21 Australia MF Panagiota Petratos
22 Australia GK Claire Coelho (Injury replacement)

Coaching staff[edit]

As of 11 August 2015.[10]

Position Name
Head coach Australia Daniel Barrett
Assistant coach Australia Renee Rollason
Goalkeeping coach Australia Davide Del Giovine

Honours[edit]

Premiers: 2009, 2010–11
Runners-Up: 2013–14
Champions: 2009, 2012–13
Runners-Up: 2010–11, 2015–16

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. ^ "Football: W-League". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Initil, Daniela (2 November 2016). "W-League broadcasting breakthrough indicative of progress for women's sport". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2016. 
  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. ^ "Matildas Star Returns To Sydney FC". Sydney FC. 13 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Players and staff". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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