Aussie W-League 2020/2021 ☀

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  1. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Calendar still to come, but with the ongoing coronavirus situation the season is unlikely to start before the New Year 2021 fireworks.

    'Next year's A-League and W-League will start later' - (FTBL.com.au / Archive)

    The 2019/20 men's league season was seriously delayed - and apparently the FFA wants the women's league to run on a similar schedule, but its season ended much earlier.

    Last season's W-League final was on 21 March, one of the most poignant games of 2020. Attended only by the players' families as most of the world went into the void of lockdown, this was the last major soccer match for 2 months, but its closed-doors form became familiar to everyone this year:

    Melbourne City 1 - 0 Sydney FC - (Steph Catley 15')
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIl4dWCvmBQ
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    Past threads: '11/12, '12/13, '14/15, '15/16, '16/17, '17/18, '18/19, '19/20


    Since then, Australia was awarded host duties at the next Women's World Cup, which will make for an exciting but uncertain few years in the sport.

    "The W-League still has world class stars, Australians just don’t know them yet" (Lucas Radbourne, TheWomensGame.com / Archive)

    "The W-League saw some incredible success last season. Over 879,000 tuned in on TV to watch the league, a 43% jump on the previous year. The exciting thing is the even spread across age groups of fans watching W-League. ... [Average] Crowds were only 1,500 which was disappointing, but the high TV numbers mean more are watching which in all likelihood would mean bigger crowds going forward."

    The season delay would affect everyone's plans, but Canberra are putting their squad together:
    "'Relief off my shoulders' with Canberra's three local signings: Canberra United have dug into the Australian Capital Territory and unearthed three local gems Vicki Linton hopes can become W-League stars this season." - (TWG)

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    On the move: Simone Charley (Canberra Utd) and Charlotte Grant (Adelaide Utd) in Dec 2019 - (img by LittleBlinky, cc-by-sa)

    Covid: It remains to be seen whether any matches are held in a closed central location, or even "as normal" with the fans allowed. I was surprised to see undistanced crowds at Aussie rules games yesterday, 2 October, in Adelaide and Brisbane.

    Melbourne, which hosted the last W-League final, has been badly affected by a corona outbreak and various levels of lockdowns: "Travel from Melbourne to country Victoria may remain banned when coronavirus restrictions ease" - (ABC, 2 October)
     
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  2. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Season dates: 27 December for the kickoff, the final in April
    https://canberraweekly.com.au/canberra-united-raring-to-go-with-w-league-start-date/

    Signings: the league's updating list is here:
    All of the players signed for Westfield W-League Season 2020/21 - www.w-league.com.au/news/all-players-signed-westfield-w-league-season-202021 (Archive)

    NZ newcomers? There's a possibility of a new W-League team this season representing the Wellington Phoenix (but would be based in Australia, in Wollongong). The club's male team have played for 13 years in the A-League.

     
  3. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    ...Oh, for god's sake, what a waste of everyone's time.

    Why FFA stood firm on Phoenix bid to bend W-League rules - (SBS.com.au)

    Imagine the chaos if these organizations had to do something important like plan a World Cup together! It was a classic prank by the FAFF, tho - bravo.

    Kickoff time is near, but sadly the season is starting with uncertainty, like when the last one ended. A Covid outbreak in northern Sydney has forced rescheduling of some games that involve New South Wales clubs, and has postponed the 27 Dec opener.
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    The first league game is now on Tue 29 Dec, Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City, and the whole fixture list is rearranged to include a Sydney derby and an alternative opponent travelling to play Perth Glory, the Melbourne Victory (on 30 Dec). Canberra would have had the long trip west, but now they have a home match instead (v Adelaide).

    And for fans:
    "Capacity levels will be reduced to 50% for all games in NSW until the end of December, including [A-League] Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets, in line with the guidance for New Year’s Eve celebrations state-wide." - (FFA)

    As well as the player signings list above, here are a few pre-season reports:

    Brisbane Roar
    "As part of a fleet of experienced Matildas on board at the club, Emily Gielnik is confident Brisbane Roar can end a decade-long W-League championship drought." - (TheWomensGame / Archive)
    Melbourne City
    "Japan attacking midfielder Chinatsu Kira will play in the W-League for the first time after signing with reigning champions Melbourne City." - (TWG)
    Sydney FC
    "Long-serving skipper Teresa Polias and three new faces from crosstown rivals Western Sydney Wanderers are part of 16 signings made by Sydney FC so far ahead of the upcoming Westfield W-League Season." - (W-League.com.au)

    When Melbourne City hosted Victory in a practice match last Saturday, it ended 3-3.

    Also, a very interesting matchup in Queensland for the Festival of Football in early December – Brisbane Roar found themselves second-best against the combined team of the state NPL/NPLW, at "Dolphin Stadium". (not in Miami :))
    Match Highlights: Football Queensland All-Stars v Brisbane Roar
     
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  4. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    #4 sbahnhof, Dec 28, 2020
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    Back in the league: Angie Beard & Nikola Orgill
    (img: Chris Simpson cc-by / LittleBlinky cc-by-sa)

    Match 1 is coming up 'today' (29 Dec) – perhaps the definitive season previews are on Tim Grainey's page, starting with the last champion and playoff clubs:

    The Week in Women's Football: W-League Preview Part 1; CONCACAF calendar
    - "A few Australians have returned home from stints abroad, most significantly wing back Angie Beard from KR of Iceland to Melbourne Victory, Nikola Orgill from Kolbotn of Norway to Western Sydney Wanderers and Allira Toby from Famalicao of Portugal to Sydney FC." - (Tribal Football
    / Archive)

    And the other 5 teams hoping to take the crown:

    The Week in Women's Football: W-League Preview Part 2; OL Reign & Miami
    - "part 2 of the 2020/21 Westfield W-League Preview, featuring Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory, along with some other W-League news". - (Tribal Football
    / Archive)

    - Brisbane v Melbourne C is the first game (05:35 GMT / 16:35 AET). The season's broadcast matches are on the ABC & Foxtel in AUS; in SE Asia on BeIn, the UK on BT Sport, U.S. ESPN+, Sky in NZ/Pacific, and elsewhere some are on the FFA MyFootball Youtube channel.

    (Edit) Note another change: the Perth game is pushed back to Sat 2 Jan.
     
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  5. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    News about governance in general. Not sure if this is good, bad, or other as far as W-League..

    https://www.canberraunited.com.au/n...ional-leagues-be-unbundled-football-australia


    Football Australia and the newly formed Australian Professional Leagues (APL) today announced that terms have been agreed to ‘unbundle’ the A-League, Westfield W-League and Y-League (‘Professional Leagues’) from Football Australia. As part of the unbundling, the APL will also obtain the exclusive right to use the intellectual property rights associated with the E-League brand.
     
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  6. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Clubs seeking more power and income, by the look of it...

    Finally we've had the kickoff to the season, with 6 teams in action in the first match round. The Melbourne City keeper Teagan Micah was the hero in their opener, but Brisbane dominated the play, had a disallowed goal, and will rue their finishing:

    Brisbane Roar 0 - 0 Melbourne City


    A double for Princess Ibini, including a fine second goal in Sydney's win:

    Western Sydney Wanderers 0 - 3 Sydney FC


    An amazing end to the game in the capital in injury-time: not one winning goal, but two, as Michelle Heyman completed her hat-trick. Then, Adelaide's Mallory Weber knocked in a superb strike, the match's seventh:

    Canberra United 4 - 3 Adelaide Utd


    And who made the team of the week... https://www.w-league.com.au/news/team-week-powered-bunnings-warehouse-round-1

    The schedule is still suffering postponements. Of the 3 other clubs, Newcastle Jets are in action at WSW now (2 Jan) in a round 2 match, but today's other game Perth v Victory was called off just days ago. Melbourne Victory will instead host Brisbane on Sunday (3 Jan). Perth have an away fixture next week.

    "Fixture adjustments have been made for the next month in response to the restricted travel which now applies to persons from New South Wales into other States and Territories.
    "For the next four weeks, all clubs outside of New South Wales will continue to play one another, and all the clubs within New South Wales will continue with their games."
    - (Melb. Victory)
     
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  7. SiberianThunderT

    Sep 21, 2008
    DC
    Club:
    Saint Louis Athletica
    Nat'l Team:
    Spain
    Round 2 is already in the book, and it brings me SUCH pleasure to see Canberra down City :D Also fun to see Heyman closing in on Kerr's scoring record.
     
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  8. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Schadenfreude in Australian sport? Never thought I'd see the day...

    Nickoletta Flannery won it with a 93rd-minute wondergoal! I would say "Enjoy", but please don't enjoy this :)

    Canberra Utd 2 - 1 Melbourne City


    The defending champs' first loss after 17 undefeated games (since Jan 2019). For a second away game, they were outplayed, but still dangerous enough to level the score in the 2nd half.

    Also in week 2, WSW's first points:

    Western Sydney Wanderers 2 - 1 Newcastle Jets


    The first game in Melbourne this season, and some of the first competitive football there since the Victoria NPLW season was entirely cancelled by the pandemic:

    Melbourne Victory 0 - 0 Brisbane Roar


    Indeed, this is how it stands (after round 2)

    The league's schedule is just muddling through so far, but the list hasn't had any more postponements in the first week of 2021. Match round 3 has four games (7-10 Jan) including a Melbourne derby, and, after delays, Perth's first game, away at Adelaide: "The Western Australians get their season under way by travelling to the City of Churches with a youthful squad of mainly local players, including rising star Hana Lowry, and led by veteran captain Natasha Rigby."
     
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  9. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
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  10. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Rest of round 3:

    Brisbane's spectacular first goal of the season (Katrina Gorry), but still they can't win a match! 3 draws for them so far.

    Brisbane Roar 1 - 1 Canberra Utd


    Maximum points for Sydney, but it took two good strikes to take their second win and as coach Ante Juric said, Newcastle were tough to beat:

    Newcastle Jets 1 - 2 Sydney FC


    A narrow defeat for Perth in their first match... the penalty call was about as reliable as the goal-net :) Still, I must say I've really enjoyed the league season so far. Can it possibly keep up this pace until April?

    Adelaide United 1 - 0 Perth Glory


    Melbourne City have been having a shocker - some transfer news there, they've signed Norwegian midfielder Noor Eckhoff from Kolbotn who'll debut next week.

    Match round 4 has fixture changes, but 4 games are planned, starting 'today', Thurs 14 Jan, in Perth - the away side being Adelaide after a change (KO 09:05 GMT, 20:05 AEDT). On the weekend are the return derbies of Sydney v WSW, and Melbourne Victory v City, plus a non-local game of extra significance if it goes ahead - Newcastle Jets will be the first New South Wales club to play a team from out-of-state under the current complicated border restrictions. Who'll be the visitors? Some sources say Brisbane, others Canberra United (who had to quarantine after their latest match). Official websites are down atm, so, we'll see... Note again, many countries without a TV deal can stream games on FFA/My Football Youtube channel.
     

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