Sydney FC (W-League)
|Full name||Sydney Women's FC|
|Head coach||Ante Juric|
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.
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.
The inaugural W-League season was played over 10 rounds, followed by a finals series. 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.
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.
Colours and badge
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.
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. 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.
For the 2017–18 season, 1 or 2 matches per week are scheduled to be broadcast on both pay-TV network Fox Sports and free-to-air SBS. Beginning in 2016, the weekly game is also broadcast on ESPN 3 in the United States.
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.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
As of 1 July 2017.
|Head coach||Ante Juric|
Season by season record
- W-League Finals
- List of top-division football clubs in AFC countries
- Women's soccer in Australia
- W-League (Australia) all-time records
- Australia women's national soccer team
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