Women's National Soccer League

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Women's National Soccer League
Founded 1996
Folded 2004
Country Australia
Level on pyramid 1
Most championships Queensland Sting (3 titles)

The Women's National Soccer League (WNSL) was Australia's top women's association football league. Originally known as the Ansett Australia Summer Series for sponsorship reasons, the WNSL began in 1996 consisting of six clubs and continued through until 2004, folding alongside the National Soccer League. It was not until 2008 that a women's top flight league was re-established in Australia, named the W-League.


Club City Home Ground Other Names
Adelaide Sensation Adelaide, South Australia Hindmarsh Stadium SA Sports Institute, SASI Buffalo Pirates
Canberra Eclipse Canberra, Australian Capital Territory AIS, McKellar Stadium ACT Academy of Sports
Northern NSW Pride Newcastle, New South Wales Weston Park, Wanderers Oval Northern NSW ITC, NNSW Horizon
NSW Sapphires Sydney, New South Wales Sydney United Sports Centre NSW Institute of Sport
Queensland Sting Brisbane, Queensland Perry Park, QAS Centre Queensland Academy of Sport
Victoria Vision Melbourne, Victoria Bulleen Soccer Club ITC Victoria
Western Waves* Perth, Western Australia Perth Oval
  • In 2004 Western Waves was given temporary entry to the WNSL for six games


Champions are:[1]

Season Winner Result Runner-Up
2004 Queensland Sting 2–0 Northern NSW Pride
2003–04 NSW Sapphires 3–1
2002–03 Queensland Sting 1–0 NSW Sapphires
2001–02 Canberra Eclipse 1–0 NSW Sapphires
2000–01 Queensland Sting 1–0 NSW Sapphires
1999 NSW Sapphires 1–0 SASI Pirates
1998–99 SASI Pirates 2–0 Canberra Eclipse
1997–98 NSWIS 3–2 SASI
1996–97 QAS 2–1

Individual honours[edit]

Julie Dolan Medal[edit]

The medal is awarded annually to the player voted to be the best player in the Women's Football League in Australia, named after former Matildas Captain and football administrator Julie Dolan. The award was for the best player in the WNSL, and is currently maintained in the successor competition, the W-League. The following table contains only those winners of the medal who won it during the WNSL era, for a complete list of winners see Julie Dolan Medal.

Year Winner Club
1996–97 unknown
1997–98 Sharon Black[2] SA Sports Institute
1998–99 Julie Murray NSWIS Sapphires
1999–00 Ann Marie Vozzo SASI Pirates
2000–01 Taryn Rockall[3] NSW Sapphires
2001–02 Joanne Peters[4] NSW Sapphires
2002–03 Lisa De Vanna
Heather Garriock[5]
Adelaide Sensation
Queensland Sting
2003–04 unknown
2004–05 Taryn Rockall[3] NSW Sapphires

Golden Boot[edit]

Season Top Scorer Club Goals
2004 Katie Gill NNSW 13
2003–04 Catherine Cannuli NSW 13
2002–03 Lisa De Vanna ADE 9
2001–02 Caitlin Munoz CNB 9
2000–01 Taryn Rockall NSW 6
1999 Belinda Dawney QLD 7
1998–99 Lisa Casagrande CNB 16
1997–98 Sharon Black SASI 11
1996–97 Kristy Moore SASI 9

WNSL Rising Star Award[edit]

Year Winner Club
2002–03 Erin Hunter[5] Northern NSW Pride
2004–05 Sasha McDonnell[3] Queensland Sting

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historical list of Womens National League winners". ozfootball.net. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Football Federation SA Hall of Fame 2012". Fox Sports Pulse. 29 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rockall player of the year". SBS. 3 March 2005. 
  4. ^ "Joanne Peters Bio". ESPN FC. 3 September 2003. 
  5. ^ a b "Mori picks up award". SBS. 3 June 2003. 

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