A-League Women Fixture Schedule Announced

Impetus’ Ben Gilby brings news of all the important dates and matchups for the season ahead, plus hears from Wellington Phoenix CEO David Dome on the excitement of finally hosting an A-League Women game in New Zealand, and Adelaide United‘s head coach Adrian Stenta and Isabel Hodgson on the excitement to build on their maiden finals appearance of 2021/22 (15/9/22).

The Liberty A-League fixture schedule for 2022/23 was announced earlier today with the season getting underway on 19th November with the last of the 20 rounds of regular season matches being played between 1st-4th April 2023.

With Western United entering the competition this season, the league will run with 11 teams, meaning one side will have a bye each week. Western Sydney Wanderers will be the recipients in the opening weekend.

The 2022/23 campaign will open with a match-up between two sides who just missed out on Finals football last season with Canberra United welcoming Perth Glory to McKellar Park. Also on the same day, Brisbane Roar host Newcastle Jets at Perry Park, and Western United’s historic first-ever A-League Women game is a Victoria derby against reigning champions Melbourne Victory at City Vista Recreation Reserve. The following day, Wellington Phoenix will finally play a game in New Zealand a year after entering the competition when Melbourne City journey to Sky Stadium. The round concludes with a mouthwatering clash between two of last season’s finals qualifiers, Adelaide United and Sydney FC at Service FM Stadium – SA’s state centre of football.

Above: City Vista Recreation Reserve – the first venue to host Western United in an A-League Women match. Photo: Austadiums.

Western Sydney Wanderers enter action in Round Two with a trip to Newcastle Jets. Perth Glory will finally return to Western Australian soil to play A-League Women football for the first time in a year when Adelaide United arrive at Macedonia Park. There will be one other notable fixture in week two with a repeat of the Grand Final of the last two years with Sydney FC hosting Melbourne Victory. It will therefore be a testing opening to the campaign for both these two sides.

There will be a range of fixtures over the Christmas and New Year period. December 23rd sees Canberra United host Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets welcome Brisbane Roar to No 2 Sportsground. There is a Christmas Eve Sydney derby with Wanderers travelling to Allianz Stadium.

New Year’s Eve sees Brisbane Roar take on Sydney FC at Perry Park, Melbourne Victory host Canberra United at CB Smith Reserve, and Newcastle Jets play Adelaide United at No 2 Sportsground. New Year’s Day sees Perth Glory welcome Western United to Macedonia Park, whilst Wellington Phoenix take on Western Sydney Wanderers at Sky Stadium on 2nd January.

The final round of matches between 1st – 2nd April starts with Wellington Phoenix’s game with Melbourne Victory at Sky Stadium, Brisbane Roar host Perth Glory at the atmospheric Perry Park, Western United take on Western Sydney Wanderers at City Vista Recreation Reserve, Sydney FC welcome Newcastle Jets to Allianz Stadium and Melbourne City will take on Canberra United at AAMI Park.

Above: Alyssa Whinham and Wellington Phoenix are finally going to be playing on home soil. Photo: Welloington Phoenix.

Speaking about the excitement of finally being able to host A-League Women in New Zealand, Wellington Phoenix CEO David Dome said: I’ve never been this excited heading into a Phoenix season. It’s the start of a massive 12 months for women’s football in New Zealand and I simply can’t wait for our opening game against Melbourne City.”

Dome has set the bar high, targeting a record A-League women’s crowd for the season opener.

“I want to see 10 thousand plus fans come to Sky Stadium on Sunday, November 20. The players and staff deserve a big homecoming for everything they went through in their maiden season in Australia and we have the chance to show everyone that we have the best fans in the A-League.”

Above: Adelaide United head coach Adrian Stenta – excited about the fixture reveal. Photo supplied to Impetus by: Adelaide United.

Excitement is also building in South Australia with Adelaide United looking to build on their first-ever appearance in Finals football last season. Head coach Adrian Stenta said: “As a Club, we could not be more excited for this new campaign. The steps we took last season were very promising and we’re confident we can continue building on that and improve even more. 

“With the core of our squad retained, I know the strong bond we have as a group will remain, as we welcome our new signings with open arms. The positive impact this chemistry can have on the success of a team cannot be undervalued and holds us in good stead ahead of 2022/23.” 

Reds captain Isabel Hodgson is also full of anticipation: “Making history last season by reaching our maiden finals series was amazing, although there’s no denying the disappointment we felt when our season came to an end.

“But this has just fuelled the fire within us. I know I speak for the entire group when I say we’re entering this season with another point to prove and will be doing everything we can to make a proper statement in 2022/23.”

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