the National Women's Football Competition
Launched for Season 4
(Representatives from the teams, at the launch)
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today launched the Westfield W-League 2011/12 season at FFA offices in Oxford Street, Sydney. Attended by a host of Westfield W-League and international women’s football stars, the launch by Ben Buckley, hosted by Stephanie Brantz, show-cased the exciting season ahead.
(Stephanie Brantz interviewing Ellyse Perry)
This opening weekend of fixtures which will see Westfield W-League 2011 Champions Brisbane Roar travel south to take on Sydney FC in a W-League 2011 Final re-match at Leichhardt Oval, Sydney.
Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, Newcastle Jets, and Sydney FC are expected to mount the strongest challenge for the Westfield W-League title with strong recruitment in the off-season leaving the Championship wide open. The teams were represented by one player each, including Canberra's Matilda Ellyse Perry, Newcastle's new signing and Matildas goal-keeper Melissa Barbieri, Adelaide's promising Donna Cockayne, and Brisbane's Matilda Clare Polkinghorne.
While the Westfield W-League regularly sees more international players coming into the league this year true stars of the women’s game will take the field in USA Women’s National Team starlet Megan Rapinoe who was at the launch and will join Sydney FC for a guest stint, plus German two time FIFA Women’s World Cup winning, four time UEFA European Cup winning, defender Ariane Hingst who joins Newcastle Jets this season.
(Waiting for a moment of terror - public interview)
The seven participating clubs are:
Central Coast Mariners FC have not returned to the competion and Gold Coast have not yet joined.
Adelaide based: Adelaide United FC
Brisbane based: Queensland Roar FC
Sydney based: Sydney FC
Melbourne based: Melbourne Victory SC
Newcastle based: Newcastle United FC Jets
Perth based: Perth Glory FC
ACT based: Canberra United FC
The full fixtures draw is available in pdf below. The Westfield W-League kicks-off this weekend
Although the number of teams has not yet been expanded, and the number of rounds is still very limited, this exciting league will still give valuable elite competition for those at the peak of over 100,000 women and girls participating in officially organised football in Australia. It also continues football on FTA TV via the ABC.
(A lot of interest building from the media)
By Chris Dunkerley - Tuesday 18 October, 2011
Full W-League 2010/2011 Draw: 2011/2012 Fixtures