Less than a month away from the start of the new season, the FFA have released the fixtures for Season Four of the Westfield W-League.
A 7 team competition, the 2011/12 season will see a 12 week regular season with the Top 4 teams playing off in the finals series. Hosted by Stephanie Brantz, Peter Wilkins and Alicia Ferguson, ABC TV are back on board for another season and will once again broadcast a “Match of the Week”.
Adelaide United will open proceedings to the Westfield W-League season four when they take on a re-vamped Newcastle Jets squad in their first of two Hyundai A-League double header matches at Hindmarsh Stadium.
As has become the tradition, the opening weekend of fixtures will see Westfield W-League 2011 Champions Brisbane Roar up against Sydney FC in a Westfield W-League 2011 Grand Final re-match at Leichhardt Oval.
Sydney FC and Westfield Matildas striker Kyah Simon knows the Westfield W-League well having played in all three seasons to date and scooped last season’s awards.
“As each year goes by the competition gets tougher and tougher,” said Simon.
“The Westfield W-League is quickly growing into one of the strongest and most competitive leagues in women’s football with all the teams involved rapidly improving the standard is only going to get better and better.
“Last season gave me a huge amount of confidence and played a big part in my selection in the Westfield Matildas team for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year.
“I know my performances in the Westfield W-League were a major factor in mine, and I’m sure many other players, national team selection and I am sure this year will unearth even more talented players.”
This season also sees a host of new coaches enter the league, adapting styles of play and refreshing the Westfield W-League in season four including two international coaches with Canberra United appointing former Czech Republic international Jitka Klimkova and Adelaide United with former New Zealand U17s coach David Edmondson.
“The level of coaches entering the Westfield W-League this season should add extra quality to the competition and exhibit some very exciting play,” said FFA Technical Director Han Berger.
“I have no doubt that this season of the Westfield W-League will show the quality of the players that we are developing in Australia and also see some of our young coaches get a first taste of top level football as they begin their careers.”
The Westfield W-League 2011/12 season will also travel to more areas in Australia to showcase the elite pathway for women in football including matches in Cleveland, Geelong and the Sunshine Coast.