New era for professional female footballers in Australia

Westfield W-League players will receive a significant pay increase and improved employment conditions following a landmark collective bargaining agreement.

 

Staff writer
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Westfield W-League players will receive a significant pay increase and improved employment conditions following a landmark collective bargaining agreement between Football Federation Australia, the Westfield W-League clubs and Professional Footballers Australia.

Under the new two-year agreement, all players, other than those on scholarships, are guaranteed a minimum retainer of at least $10,000 for the coming season and $12,200 for the 2018/19 season, with no prescribed maximum cap on any one player’s retainer.

The average retainer for Westfield W-League Players is expected to rise from $6,909 to $15,500 for Season 2017/18.

Previously, many players were considered amateur and received only reimbursement of expenses.

The new agreement provides contracting certainty, larger roster sizes, a significantly increased salary cap, an agreed commercial framework to underpin the growth of the women’s game, enhanced minimum medical standards, key principles for the first ever formal maternity policy for Westfield W-League players and the establishment of a formal partnership with the players through the Professional Women’s Football Committee to drive further employment, performance and competition reform.

While the new agreement sets minimum standards, the highest earning Australian female professionals – those playing in the Westfield W-League, other professional leagues overseas and for the women’s national team, the Matildas, are expected to now earn at least $130,000 a year.

FFA Chief Executive Officer David Gallop said that while more needed to be done to bridge the gap to what professional males were being paid, this was an important next step for the Westfield W-League.

“This is the start of a new era for professional female footballers in Australia,” Mr Gallop said.

“Westfield W-League players deserve this pay rise. They have been trail blazers for women’s sport in Australia and are about to enter their 10th season.

“It is important to acknowledge that this significant improvement has been made possible through the close positive collaboration of the Westfield W-League clubs, Professional Footballers Australia and the players working over many months with FFA.

“I want to thank in particular PFA Chief Executive John Didulica and Player Relations Executive Kate Gill plus Melbourne City FC Chief Executive Scott Munn and Western Sydney Wanderers FC Chief Executive John Tsatsimas who represented the clubs in these negotiations.

“We all share a determination to achieve gender equality in our sport and make it the most attractive option for female Australian athletes.”

Westfield W-League players will receive a significant pay increase and improved employment conditions following a landmark collective bargaining agreement.

Professional Footballers Australia Chief Executive John Didulica said: “Having worked with the

W-League players through this process, it has reinforced our view that these players are central to the future and to the fabric of Australian football.

“Like generations of players before them, they have succeeded in discharging their responsibility to leave their sport in a better place for players who follow,” he said.

“This deal is foundational. Hand in hand with the club owners and the FFA, it will build a platform to grow the players’ collective hope of building a professional career as a footballer and give the players a clear voice in what that future looks like.”

PFA Player Relations Executive and former Matildas captain Kate Gill said: “Football has the capacity and the aspiration to ensure that every talented young female athlete in Australia dreams of becoming a footballer. The entire sport has a role to play in bringing this dream to life.”

FFA’s Head of Community, Football Development and Women’s Football, Emma Highwood said the initiative was in line with FFA’s strategy to be a leading organisation for females.

“There is still a lot to do and a long way to go but this is an important part of the journey and I am delighted we have been able to make it with the agreement of the PFA, the players and the clubs.

“Football offers elite female athletes in Australia an opportunity to a professional career on the global stage that few other sports can match.

“Over the next two years, FFA and the clubs are projected to spend a combined total of around $5.9 million on payments to female players in the Westfield W-League. When payments to Westfield Matildas representatives are added, this figure rises to approximately $7.9 million.”

Alex Chidiac is part of a 23-player Westfield Young Matildas camp which will gather in Canberra next week for four days.

FFA today also released the draw for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season which includes 25 double-headers with Hyundai A-League matches.

FFA is also delighted to announce expansion of FOX SPORTS’ world class coverage for the upcoming tenth season of the Westfield W-League which demonstrates their commitment to increase the profile of women’s football.

Twenty-Seven (27) matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, significantly up from last season’s seventeen (17) matches, with Friday evening games at 5.30pm added to the now traditional Sunday afternoon game.

This increase in coverage comes as part of the new broadcast agreement between FFA and FOX SPORTS and means that all clubs in the competition will receive good coverage across the season.

FAST FACTS

  • Almost 250,000 women and girls participate in women’s football in Australia
  • The Westfield W-League is entering its 10th season
  • The highest paid female players are earning more than $130,000 a year through the Westfield W-League, leagues overseas and Matildas
  • The average pay for a Westfield W-League player will be $15,500 in 2017/18 under the new deal rising to $17,400 in the following season.
  • The Westfield W-League salary cap per club will be increased from $150,000 in 2016/17 to $300,000 in 2017/18 and $350,000 in 2018/19.
  • Base payer payments are rising from a total of $450,000 in 2016/17 to $1.62 this season and $1.99m for next season.
  • Westfield W-League players will have equal access to the Player Development Program (which drives player education, wellbeing and transition in and out of football) created by the Whole of Game CBA which covers the players in the A-League, the Socceroos and the Matildas.
  • Players from eight countries, not including Australia, were represented in the Westfield W-League last season including Brazil, Denmark, England, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, USA and Wales.
  • Professional Australian female players are competing regularly in overseas leagues including the USA, Germany, China, South Korea, Japan and Norway.
  • The Westfield Matildas, Australia’s national women’s football team, is currently ranked 6th in the world and recently defeated the world champion USA team for the first time, Japan and Brazil to win the Tournament of Nations.
  • Westfield W-League 2017/18 Season
  • 14 Rounds;
  • 57 Games – 54 standard home and away and 3 Finals Series matches including Grand Final;
  • 25 Double headers with the Hyundai A-League matches
  • FFA and the Australian Government have announced their intention to bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Audience records tumble in Westfield W-League decider

City claim Westfield W-League crown

Monday, 13 February 2017

Staff writer
 
Melbourne City FC’s win over Perth Glory in yesterday’s Westfield W-League 2017 Grand Final was the most viewed decider in the competition’s history, both in terms of attendance and TV ratings.

A record Grand Final crowd of 4,591 was in attendance at nib Stadium to witness the finale, bettering the previous best set in the inaugural 2009 Westfield W-League decider.

Yesterday’s Grand Final was also the highest rating Westfield W-League match ever on FOX SPORTS with a reach of 165,000.

ABC TV’s broadcast of the match also boasted a reach of 275,000 meaning an impressive total of 440,000 tuned in to watch Melbourne City FC create their own piece of history as they claimed back-to-back championships.

 

Melbourne City celebrate with the Westfield W-League trophy

Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke said the figures proved the popularity and quality of this season’s Westfield W-League competition.

“To eclipse both the Grand Final attendance record and the highest ever ratings for a Westfield W-League match on Fox Sports is an outstanding result and a fantastic endorsement for the Westfield W-League and the game,” said O’Rourke.

“These record numbers show the strength and continued growth of women’s football and the increasing stature of the Westfield W-League, which has now been in operation for nine seasons. Our planning for future seasons is already well underway as we strive to ensure the continued growth of the W-League in a time where women’s sport across Australia enjoys well-deserved success.

“Both clubs are also to be commended for the impressive audience numbers as they produced a highly entertaining encounter befitting of a Grand Final.”

Source :  Football Federation Australia

Perth Glory advance after draws for frontrunners

Perth Glory's Rosie Sutton celebrates the winner against Melbourne Victory

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Staff Writer
Perth Glory were the big movers in Round 11 thanks to a tense comeback win over Melbourne Victory which saw them heap the pressure on leaders Sydney FC.

The Sky Blues’ advantage at the top was trimmed to two points after they were held 1-1 at home by champions Melbourne City as last season’s two Grand Finalists met.

Canberra United slipped up once again after they were held 2-2 by visiting Adelaide United, where there were doubles for both the home side’s Ash Sykes and also Adelaide’s Sofia Huerta.

The stars of the round however were Brisbane Roar pair Tameka Butt, who netted a treble, and captain Clare Polkinghorne who became the first player to reach 100 Westfield W-League appearances.

Brisbane’s 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers saw them move within a point of fourth-placed Melbourne City, though having played a match extra.

Round 12 will provide some fascinating match-ups including Canberra United hosting Perth Glory on Saturday, and the Melbourne derby on Sunday.

The Fox Sports/ABC TV match on Sunday is a crucial encounter between Newcastle Jets and Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane Roar 3 (Tameka Butt 3’, 6’, 75’)
Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Saturday 7 January 2017
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick-Off: 1:35PM

Referee: Kelly Jones

Brisbane Roar: Mackenzie Arnold (gk), Nina Frausing-Pedersen, Amy Chapman (Cortnee Vine 64’),  Clare Polkinghorne (c) (Brooke Spence 92’), Angela Beard, Kaitlyn Torpey, Katrina Gorry, Tameka Butt, Summer O’Brien (Sunn Franco 76’), Emily Gielnik, Madlyn Evans

Substitutes – Georgina Worth (gk)

Cautions – none

Western Sydney Wanderers: Jada Whyman (gk), Caitlin Cooper (c), Helen Petinos, Kendall Fletcher, Sarah Yatim (Alix Roberts 46’), Erica Halloway, Katie Stengel, Paige Nielsen, Rachel Lowe, Ellie Carpenter, Angelique Hristodoulou

Substitutes – Casey Dumont (gk), Chloe O’Brien

Cautions – Angelique Hristodoulou 72’
Canberra United 2 (Ashleigh Sykes 20’, 79’)
Adelaide United 2 (Sofia Huerta 65’ pen, 81’)

Saturday, 7 January 2017
Venue: McKellar Park
Kick-Off: 6:00PM

Referee: Casey Reibelt

Canberra United: Trudy Burke (gk), Yukari Kinga, Jenna McCormick, Hayley Raso, Jasmyne Spencer (Nickoletta Flannery 79’), Grace Maher (Lisa De Vanna 54’), Hannah Brewer, Celeste Boureille, Ashleigh Sykes, Emma Checker, Steph Ochs (Kahlia Hogg 87’)

Substitutes: Georgia Boric (gk)

Cautions: Celeste Boureille 94’

Adelaide United: Sarah Willacy (gk), Isabella Scalzi (Emily Hodgson 24’), Stella Rigon (c) (Ally Ladas 46’), Racheal Quigley, Sofia Huerta, Adriana Jones (Lucy Adamopoulos 72’), Grace Abbey, Georgia Campagnale, Danielle Colaprico, Katie Naughton, Alexandra Chidiac

Substitutes – Claudia Jenkins (gk)

Cautions – Katie Naughton 2’, Lucy Adamopoulos 73’, Grace Abbey 93’

 

Sydney FC 1 (Caitlin Foord 67’)
Melbourne City 1 (Jess Fishlock 75’)

Sunday 8 January 2017
Venue: Allianz Stadium
Kick-Off: 2:30PM (Local)

Referee: Rebecca Durcau

Sydney FC: Sham Khamis (gk), Teresa Polias, Remy Siemsen, Liz Ralston, Servet Uzunlar, Nicola Bolger (Olivia Price 80’), Caitlin Foord, Francisca Ordega (Princess Ibini 75’), Georgia Yeoman-Dale, Kyah Simon, Leena Khamis

Substitutes – Sarah Easthope (gk), Natalie Tobin

Cautions – Teresa Polias 36’, Kyah Simon 43’, Francisca Ordega 60’

Melbourne City: Lydia Williams (gk), Lauren Barnes, Laura Alleway, Aivi Luik, Steph Catley (c), Larissa Crummer (Marianna Tabain 80’), Jess Fishlock, Rebekah Stott, Amy Jackson, Beverly Yanez (Melina Ayres 90’), Tyla Jay Vlajnic (Erika Tymrak 46’)

Substitutes – Emily Shields (gk)

Cautions – Beverly Yanez 17’

 

Perth Glory 3 (Sam Kerr 50’, Vanessa DiBernardo 80’ pen, Rosie Sutton 85’)
Melbourne Victory 2 (Arianna Romero O.G. 52’, Alyssa Mautz O.G. 60’)

Sunday 8 January 2017
Venue: Dorrien Gardens
Kick-Off: 4:00PM

Referee: Kate Jacewicz

Perth Glory: Melissa Maizels (gk), Sarah Carroll, Kim Carroll, Alyssa Mautz, Nicole Stanton, Shawn Billam (Jaymee Gibbons 67’), Rosie Sutton, Vanessa DiBernardo, Natasha Rigby, Sam Kerr (c), Arianna Romero

Substitutes – Gabrielle Dal Busco (gk), Patricia Charalambous, Caitlin Doeglas

Cautions – Natasha Rigby 63’, Alyssa Mautz 73’

Melbourne Victory: Bianca Henninger (gk), Alexandra Natoli, Alexandra Gummer, Annabel Martin, Natasha Dowie, Christine Nairn (c), Laura Spiranovic, Adriana Taranto (Ayesha Norrie 86’), Samantha Johnson, Gulcan Koca (Melindaj Barbieri 90’), Kariah White (Lia Privitelli 77’)

Substitutes – Bethany Mason-Jones (gk)

Cautions – None

 

Newcastle Jets – BYE

 

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Westfield W-League season launched

Westfield W-League season launched

Monday, 31 October 2016

Staff Writer
The stars of the Westfield W-League gathered in Sydney today to launch the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League.

One local and one international star from each club were on hand to kick-start the new season under the tagline ‘Be Real Be Remarkable’.

The global nature of football was the focal point of proceedings via the unveiling of a mural in Pitt St Mall that details the many locations across the globe where Westfield W-League players have plied their trade.

Indeed over 20 nations have been represented in the Westfield W-League, with USA international Erika Tymrak and England forward Natasha Dowie among those in attendance today, while former Women’s World Cup winner Yukari Kinga of Japan is the headline recruit for Canberra United.

Also present were a host of Westfield Matildas stars including Brisbane Roar’s Clare Polkinghorne, Canberra’s Michelle Heyman, Melbourne City’s Steph Catley, Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr, Sydney FC’s Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy, as well Western Sydney Wanderers captain Caitlin Cooper.

The 2016/17 season commences this weekend with interest in women’s football at an all-time high, following the success of the recent Westfield W-League seasons, as well as breakthrough showings by the Westfield Matildas at the recent Rio Olympics and last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“I’m sure the players will take the game to new heights in the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.

“This season we will have 19 double-headers along with the Hyundai A-League, with 14 of them on air.

“So Be Real, Be Remarkable, and get out there and support the Westfield W-League.”

This season’s competition opens with a traditional heavyweight match-up between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC at Spencer Park on Saturday 5 November (4pm local).

Sunday’s matches include Melbourne City hosting Newcastle Jets (CB Smith Reserve, 3pm), Perth Glory at home to Western Sydney Wanderers (nib Stadium, 6.30pm local) and the TV match between Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory at Coopers Stadium (2pm local, 2.30pm AEST).

The season will conclude with the Grand Final on Sunday 12 February.

FOX SPORTS and ABC Television will broadcast 14 matches throughout the regular season as well as every match in the 2017 Finals Series.

#BeReal #BeRemarkable

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The Westfield W-League held a conference of key stakeholders discussing the league’s future direction

Friday, 30 September 2016

Aidan Ormond @AidotheFFAEd
The Westfield W-League took another important step this week with a conference of key stakeholders discussing the league’s future direction, with Mike Golub from Portland Timbers/Thorns as the conference’s guest speaker.

With women’s football booming in Australia, Thursday’s conference was an important step in the league’s development.

Westfield W-League CEO, managers, coaches and Westfield Matildas were part of the conference as well as FFA CEO David Gallop and Head of Hyundai A-League and the Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke

“This workshop was very different to ones that have been held in previous years. Rather than hold a purely operational workshop we decided to focus on the long term future of the women’s game,” said O’Rourke.

“This is particularly relevant at the moment given the competitive landscape and what the other codes are doing in women’s sport however for us it’s about what we want to do as a code to continue to lead the way.”

“This will be the ninth season of the Westfield W-League and with nearly 25 per cent of all football participants in Australia being female, we need to continue growing the game and refocus on what we’re doing in this area.”

The conference will inform the work FFA will do in the future and the direction of the league in this current four-year strategic cycle, with resolutions discussed within the FFA/PFA working group.

The conference was supported by FIFA, and special guest for the day was Mike Golub, President of Business at Portland Timbers/Thorns.

The well-respected Golub presented a case study on how this club aligned their men’s and women’s teams. He joined the Timbers in 2009 and helped lead the organisation during its highly successful launch into the MLS.

Golub – who oversees all business functions for the Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and Portland Timbers 2 (T2) – is a two-time recipient of the Doug Hamilton MLS Executive of the Year (2011, 2013).

“Through the assistance of FIFA we were able to bring Mike from the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns over here to show us what they have been doing in the past 5-10 years in the American football leagues to produce positive results for the game, gender equality, the community and an ability to deliver this commercially,” added O’Rourke.

“Time was also spent with current and former Matildas, W-League coaches, CEOs and other stakeholders who are intimately involved in that side of our game to talk about where we are now and where we are going.

“It was a terrific day and the feedback from everyone was that it was really worthwhile, refreshing and provided a genuine feeling of confidence about the future of women’s football.”

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Aussie match officials perform on international stage

Aussie ref Jarred Gillett has officiated in FIFA World Cup qualifiers in recent months.

Australian Match Officials have been in high demand over recent months with 19 Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and F-League Match Officials receiving international appointments from August through November.

Hyundai A-League Referees Peter Green, Strebre Delovski, Jarred Gillett, Alan Milliner and Chris Beath all officiated in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers while Beath and fellow fulltime referee Ben Williams were both appointed to the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League.

Gillett also refereed the AFC Cup Quarter Final between Kitchee and Kuwait SC in Hong Kong.

Westfield W-League officials Kate Jacewicz and Sarah Ho refereed at the AFC U19 Women’s Championships in China while fellow W-League officials Casey Reibelt and Allyson Flynn have recently returned from officiating at the Round 2 Qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games Women’s Football Tournament which were held in Myanmar.

For Flynn and Ho this concludes a series of international appointments dating back to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Australian Futsal referees have also performed well internationally with Scott Kidson, Chris Colley and Ryan Shepheard all having been appointed to AFC Futsal Club Championship Qualifiers during September, October and November.

This follows the appointment of Scott Kidson and Chris Colley to the Final of the AFC Futsal Club Championships in IR Iran in August.

FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson was proud of the performances of Australian Match Officials.

“These international appointments demonstrate the trust AFC and FIFA has in the capabilities of our Australian referees. Their performances show why they are widely regarded as world class officials,” he said.

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‘Football Fever’ hits Primary Schools

Keilor Heights Primary School

Football is set to continue being the number one sport in Australian schools with the introduction of ‘Football Fever: An educational resource for Australian primary schools’.

This FREE resource, a legacy item from the 2015 Asian Cup,  provides teachers and students with an exciting opportunity to uniquely meet curriculum and learning outcomes on the back of the largest participation sport in the country.

Teachers can access the resource in the Hyundai A-League or Westfield W-League team of their choice by clicking here

‘Football Fever’ is appropriately mapped to the Australian Curriculum and consists of eight units of work – four units at Years 3 and 4 plus four units at Years 5 and 6. Each unit is integrated with a specific focus on one domain and is designed to innovatively meet the cross-curricula with Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia. The domains addressed in this resource are English, Mathematics, Art and Health and Physical Education.

The core elements of Football Fever include:

  • 7 – 13 lessons per unit;
  • a focus on character building, respect, teamwork and fair play in the classroom;
  • accessibility to students across multiple intelligences;
  • an opportunity for students to model their learning to an audience;
  • an Asian cultural overlay integrated into teaching and learning in selected units;
  • video and images of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League footballers used as part of the lesson content; and
  • advice on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and media technology.

Expanding the football taskforce and empowering teachers with resources such as ‘Football Fever’ is part of the games broader strategy to becoming the largest and most popular sport in Australia.

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Casserly excited by expanded NAB concept

 

FFA’s Head of National Performance Luke Casserly says having young players from both the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League involved in the NAB Young Footballer of the Year for the first time brings a new excitement to both competitions season.

“Everyone gets excited. Especially everyone involved in the national technical department with the talent of young players male and female coming through.

“I’ve recently been up to the youth nationals in Coffs Harbour and some of the kids were very exciting, and when they get a run in the top league I think everybody – coaches, fans – we all get excited when young stars come through.

“And the W-League has become important on so many fronts. The Matildas captured the nation’s hearts in the World Cup and the W-League provides an excellent platform. Not every developed football country has a quality league for female players and for young girls to aspire to play in the W-League is great.”

There’s been some exceptional talent claim the NAB award in the past, from two-time winner Mat Ryan (currently playing for Valencia in La Liga) to Socceroos duo Tommy Oar and Adam Taggart.

 

Who will be the next young gun to emerge from both our elite men’s and women’s leagues?

There will be an expert panel of judges to select the monthly nominee, while a new stats analysis each week will add to the conversation.

Casserly, along with FFA National Technical Director Eric Abrams, are two of the experts on the panel.

Last season the award was won by Jimmy Jeggo. The classy midfielder enjoyed a breakout season at the Reds, taking his game to a new level under Spanish coach Josep Gombau.

 

Statistics will help judge the players but stats are not the be-all and end-all in judging quality of player, argues Casserly, himself a former Socceroo.

“To me, stats are just that. They are stats. For example, a player might have fantastic passing stats but if he’s a midfielder or a number 10 and those passes are mostly sideways and back, which never hurt the opposition, then is the player really effective.

“So there are qualities that a player can bring to a team outside of his or her statistical data.”

 

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Westfield W-League season officially launched

Westfield W-League season launch
The 2015/16 Westfield W-League is a step closer to getting underway after the season launch took place today in Sydney.

Former Westfield Matildas defender and new Fox Sports presenter Amy Duggan hosted proceedings, with FFA CEO David Gallop on hand to officially launch the Westfield W-League 2015/16 season.

Also present were players from each of the nine Westfield W-League clubs – Tiarn Powell (Adelaide United), Katrina Gorry (Brisbane Roar), Lydia Williams (Canberra United), Lisa De Vanna (Melbourne City), Hayley Raso (Melbourne Victory), Tara Andrews (Newcastle Jets), Caitlin Foord (Perth Glory), Kyah Simon (Sydney FC) and Caitlin Cooper (Western Sydney Wanderers).

The season commences this Saturday as Melbourne Victory host Perth Glory, and Adelaide United host Western Sydney Wanderers. The action continues on Sunday with a massive day of action as Canberra United visit Brisbane Roar in the televised match on (Fox Sports and ABC), and Sydney FC host debutants Melbourne City.

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FOX SPORTS and ABC TV to broadcast Westfield W-League

Canberra United captain Nicole Begg kisses last season's Westfield W-League Championship trophy.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has brokered a deal with FOX SPORTS and ABC TV that will see the Westfield W-League broadcast on both networks for the 2015/16 season in a significant boost for women’s football in Australia.

FOX SPORTS and ABC will both show a LIVE broadcast of the match of the round, to be staged as double headers with the Hyundai A-League match on Sunday afternoon.

The first broadcast match will see defending Westfield W-League Champions Canberra United take on Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday 18 October. Kick off for all matches is 2pm.

The new broadcast arrangement gives Australia’s female players the broadest television exposure in the eight-year history of the Westfield W-League.

“This is a fantastic step forward for women’s football in Australia and FFA would like to acknowledge the cooperation of FOX SPORTS and the ABC in working together to bring the broadcast to life,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“The growth of the Westfield W-League is a crucial component in our long term strategy around women’s football and we will move into the 2015/16 season with coverage on FOX SPORTS as well as free to air TV.

“The Sunday broadcast match will be a double header with the Hyundai A-League match and form part of FOX SPORTS’ Sunday afternoon football coverage, another step in growing the exposure around women’s football.”

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “FOX SPORTS has worked closely with the FFA to ensure football fans can watch live W-League action each weekend.

“It’s a fantastic outcome for women’s football in Australia and will be the perfect complement to our live Sunday afternoon Hyundai A-League coverage.

“Football fans will now be able to watch the best male and female footballers in the country each week on FOX SPORTS.”

“The W-League is a great addition to FOX SPORTS’ unrivalled football offering which includes every match of the Barclays Premier League and Hyundai A-League, every Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier plus live coverage of the FFA Cup and AFC Champions League,” Mr Delany concluded.

The double-header arrangement, which makes use of FOX SPORTS’ Hyundai A-League broadcast facilities, has created the opportunity for the public broadcaster to bring the coverage to free to air audiences.

ABC’s Director of Television, Richard Finlayson, said the combination of the double-header solution and the support of the FFA had made it possible to bring the W-League back to the ABC.

“Thanks to creative thinking and great collaboration between the FFA, FOX SPORTS and the ABC, the growing sport of Women’s football will be available to fans and audiences around Australia on both subscription and free to air TV,” Finlayson said.

The “Match of the Round” broadcast fixtures for the first 12 rounds are locked in with a decision to be made on the broadcast games for the final two rounds (10 th  and 17 th  January 2016) in late December to ensure the big end of season matches are on television.

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV will also broadcast the two Westfield W-League semi-finals on 23-24 January as well as the Westfield W-League 2016 Grand Final on 31 January, which will be a standalone event.

FOX SPORTS and ABC TV broadcast matches for Westfield W-League

Date Fixture Venue
18 Oct 2015 Brisbane Roar v Canberra United Suncorp Stadium
25 Oct 2015 Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory AAMI Park
1 Nov 2015 Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC Pirtek Stadium
8 Nov 2015 Canberra United v Melbourne City Central Coast Stadium
15 Nov 2015 Brisbane Roar v Perth Glory Suncorp Stadium
22 Nov 2015 Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets Coopers Stadium
29 Nov 2015 Western Sydney Wanderers v Canberra United Central Coast Stadium
6 Dec 2015 Adelaide United v Perth Glory Coopers Stadium
13 Dec 2015 Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City Hunter Stadium
20 Dec 2015 Sydney FC v Brisbane Roar Central Coast Stadium
27 Dec 2015 Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC AAMI Park
3 Jan 2016 Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory Hunter Stadium

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