W League Showstopper To Open New Season

Ben Gilby opens our most comprehensive coverage yet of a Westfield W League season with news of some blockbuster games to open the campaign.

The Westfield W League season is going to be quite different for 2020/21. Last year, pretty much all of the Matildas apart from Sam Kerr took part and we had an exciting end to the season ending with an enjoyable Grand Final in March.

This time round, virtually all of the Matildas are playing in Europe and so will not be competing on home soil.

Consequently there is the opportunity for the next generation of Matildas and current State League’s stars taking centre stage.

Whilst the complete fixture schedule for 2020/21 will be announced at the start of next week, two blockbuster clashes have already been announced.

First, on the opening day of the new season, 27th December there will be a W League/A League (Australian men’s top tier) double header at Parramatta’s 30,000 seater Bankwest Stadium with Western Sydney Wanderers, one of last season’s breakthrough sides, hosting Melbourne Victory.

Three days later there is a hugely significant double header at ANZ Stadium, Sydney’s 83,500 capacity Olympic Stadium where Sydney FC will take on Melbourne City in a repeat of last year’s Westfield W League Grand Final. On the same day, the same two team’s A League sides will also face off.

Due to the very low number of cases of Coronavirus in Sydney at the present it is likely that there may only be minimal restrictions on crowd numbers for these matches, which, provided the FAA market the games well, some great crowds could gather for these two W League clashes over the Christmas period.

Impetus’ W League and Australian Women’s Soccer Coverage 2020/21:

  • Part of our overall site redesign – our coverage will be bigger and better than ever – a full round-up each week of matches with photos, plus our soon to be revealed new Australian correspondent reporting exclusively for the site on one match a week.
  • Don’t miss early next week for full news on the key dates and matches in the fixture schedule for the campaign.
  • The following week, we will begin our review on each team’s squads ahead of kick-off.
  • In the build up to the new season starting, we will have an exclusive interview with a Matildas World Cup and Olympics star!
  • Continuing our look at the game Down Under in light of the award of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – features on players, clubs, grassroots clubs and interviews with Australian journalists and sport officials!

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