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W-League
Wleague logo.png
Countries Australia Australia
Confederation AFC
Founded 2008
Number of teams 8
Current champions SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC (W-League 2009)
Most championships QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar (1), SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC (1)
TV partners ABC1
Website http://www.w-league.com.au
Soccerball current event.svg W-League 2009

The W-League is the top level women's football (soccer) league in Australia. Established in 2008, it is composed of eight teams - seven of them are affiliated with seven of the Australian clubs currently in the A-League, with the eighth based in Canberra.[1] As it is sponsored by the Westfield Group, it is presently known as the Westfield W-League

The W-League's inaugural season commenced on 25 October 2008, with Perth Glory hosting Sydney FC at Members Equity Stadium.[2] After ten rounds, Queensland Roar were the top-placed team, becoming the first W-League premiers, and advancing to the semi-finals along with the second-, third- and fourth-placed teams. They faced Canberra United in the W-League Grand Final 2009, defeating them 2–0 to take the champions trophy.

The second season of the W-League will kick-off on Saturday 3 October 2009, with 2008–09 grand finalists Brisbane Roar facing runners-up Canberra United in a grand final rematch at Ballymore Stadium.

One game per week (the 3:00 pm Saturday game) is broadcast live nationwide on ABC1.[3]

Contents

Clubs

The league is composed of eight teams. Seven are affiliated with the inaugural Australian A-League clubs, and share their names and colours to promote their brands. The eighth club is the Canberra-based Canberra United.[4]

Adelaide United

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Hindmarsh Stadium (16,500)
Coach: Australia Michael Barnett
Captain: Australia Dianne Alagich

Brisbane Roar

Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Ballymore Stadium (24,000)
Coach: Australia Jeff Hopkins
Captain: Australia Kate McShea

Canberra United

Location: Canberra, A.C.T.
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Belconnen Soccer Centre (2,000)
Coach: Australia Ray Junna
Captain: Australia Ellie Brush

Central Coast Mariners

Location: Gosford, New South Wales
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Bluetongue Stadium (20,119)
Coach: Australia Stephen Roche
Captain: Australia Caitlin Cooper

Melbourne Victory

Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: various
Coach: Australia Matt Shepherd
Captain: Australia Tal Karp

Newcastle Jets

Location: Newcastle, New South Wales
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Wanderers Oval (2,000) & EnergyAustralia Stadium (26,164)
Coach: Australia Gary Phillips
Captain: Australia Cheryl Salisbury

Perth Glory

Location: Perth, Western Australia
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Clipsal Stadium (2,000)
Coach: Australia Nicola Williams
Captain: Australia Tanya Oxtoby

Sydney FC

Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Period: 2008-09 — present
Ground: Sydney Football Stadium (45,500)
Coach: Australia Alen Stajcic
Captain:

Stadiums

Primary venues used in the W-League:

Stadium Capacity Club
Etihad Stadium 56,347 Melbourne Victory
Bob Jane Stadium 15,000 Melbourne Victory
Epping Stadium 10,000 Melbourne Victory
Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre 49,000 Brisbane Roar
Perry Park 8,000 Brisbane Roar
Ballymore Stadium 24,000 Brisbane Roar
Wanderers Oval 2,000 Newcastle Jets
Energy Australia Stadium 26,164 Newcastle Jets
Bluetounge Stadium 20,119 Central Coast Mariners
Sydney Football Stadium 45,500 Sydney FC
Members Equity Stadium 18,156 Perth Glory
Clipsal Stadium 2,000 Perth Glory
Hindmarsh Stadium 16,500 Adelaide United
McKellar Park 2,000 Canberra United

Other venues used by W-League clubs include:

Stadium Capacity Details
Canberra Stadium 25,011 - Used by Central Coast Mariners in the 2009 season during round 5.1
Leichhardt Oval 22,000 - Used by Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners in the 2009 season during round 8 as a double-header.2

1Central Coast Mariners are to play this fixture as a home game against Canberra United. 2Sydney FC are to play this fixture as a home game against Perth Glory. It is also a 'curtain raiser' to the second game, to be played by the Mariners. Central Coast Mariners are to play this fixture as a home game against Melbourne Victory.

Referees

The W-League features Women Referees and Assistant Referees from Australia. Referees include:

  • Sara Hodson
  • Lee Corey
  • Kirralee Gardener
  • Jacqui Melksham
  • Pru Donohoe
  • Amelia Morris
  • Kate Jacewicz Jacewicz refereed the inaugural W-League final.[5 ]
  • Casey Reibelt

Champions and Premiers

Club W-League Champions W-League Premiers
Total Seasons Total Seasons
Brisbane Roar 1 2008-09 1 2008-09
Sydney FC 1 2009 1 2009

Top scorers

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All-time (League and Finals)

Last updated 3 October 2009

Rank Player Club/s Goals
1 Australia Courtney Beutel QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 8
2 Australia Leena Khamis SydneyFCColours.png Sydney FC 7
=3 Australia Katie Gill NewcastleJetsColours.png Newcastle Jets 6
=3 Australia Lana Harch QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 6
=5 Australia Kyah Simon CentralCoastColours.png Central Coast Mariners 5
=5 Australia Tameka Butt QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 5
=7 Australia Lauren Colthorpe QueenslandRoarColours.png Brisbane Roar 4
=7 Australia Caitlin Munoz Canberra United FC.jpg Canberra United 4
=7 Australia Sandra Scalzi AdelaideUnitedColours.png Adelaide United 4
=7 Australia Marianna Tabain PerthGloryColours.png Perth Glory 4

Current foreign players in the league

Canada Canada

Republic of China Chinese Taipei

Denmark Denmark

United States United States of America

Wales Wales

References

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