W-League

On 25 October 2008, the next exciting chapter was written into the almost 100 year history of Australian women’s football when the first match in the inaugural W-League kicked off in Perth, Western Australia. 

It was a landmark day for the women’s game and it came on the back of a history-making 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign by the Matildas. 

Over a decade later, the W-League is one of the longest running women’s leagues in the world. 

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(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

With nine teams, spanning from the west coast of Australia to the east, every Australian summer the W-League welcomes some of the world’s best footballers to play alongside Australia’s local and future stars. 

Team

State / Territory

Head Coach

Captain

Adelaide United

South Australia

Ivan Karlovic

Emma Checker

Brisbane Roar*

Queensland

Mel Andreatta

Clare Polkinghorne

Canberra United

Australian Capital Territory

Heather Garriock

Rachel Corsie

Melbourne City

Victoria

Rado Vidošić

Steph Catley

Melbourne Victory

Victoria

Jeff Hopkins

Natasha Dowie

Newcastle Jets

New South Wales

Craig Deans

Emily van Egmond

Perth Glory

Western Australia

Bobby Despotovski

Samantha Kerr

Sydney FC

New South Wales

Ante Juric

Teresa Polias

Western Sydney Wanderers

New South Wales

Dean Heffernan

Erica Halloway


* Queensland Roar changed its name to Brisbane Roar in 2009 due to the entry of two A-League teams in the state.  

In the early years of the W-League, Australia’s traditional powerhouse states dominated the competition with Queensland Roar and Sydney FC claiming every Premiership and Championship in the first three seasons.  

The 2011/12 season saw Canberra United break the duopoly in style as they became the first team to finish the season unbeaten on their way to the Premiership / Championship double. 

That feat was equalled by Melbourne City in the 2015/16 season with the W-League newcomers starting what was to become a Championship dominance over the next three seasons. 

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2018/19 Champions Sydney FC are one of the most successful clubs in the W-League (Photo: Getty Images)

Season

Premiers
(regular season)

Champions
(Grand Final)

Player of the Year

Golden Boot

2008–09

Queensland Roar

Queensland Roar

Lana Harch

Leena Khamis

2009

Sydney FC

Sydney FC

Michelle Heyman

Michelle Heyman

2010–11

Sydney FC

Brisbane Roar

Kyah Simon

Kyan Simon

2011–12

Canberra United

Canberra United

Sally Shippard

Michelle Heyman

2012–13

Brisbane Roar

Sydney FC

Clare Polkinghorne

Kate Gill

2013–14

Canberra United

Melbourne Victory

Tameka Butt

Jodie Taylor

2014

Perth Glory

Canberra United

Emily van Egmond

Kate Gill

2015–16

Melbourne City

Melbourne City

Ashleigh Sykes

Larissa Crummer

2016–17

Canberra United

Melbourne City

Sam Kerr

Ashleigh Sykes

2017–18

Brisbane Roar

Melbourne City

Sam Kerr
Clare Polkinghorne

Sam Kerr

2018-19 Melbourne Victory Sydney FC TBA Sam Kerr

 

After 11 seasons, the W-League has boasted players from all of FIFA’s confederations. Representing 27 nationalities, the line up of talented footballers has included a FIFA World Player of the Year (Nadine Angerer), FIFA Women’s World Cup™ winners (Angerer, Arianne Hingst, Yukari Kinga, Yuki Nagasato) and several FIFA Women’s World Cup™ and Olympic Games medallists. 

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Internationals from all FIFA confederations have played in the W-League (Photo: Getty Images)