In 2017, women’s football in Australia saw sell out crowds in Newcastle and Penrith as the Matildas jumped to number four in the FIFA rankings.

Locally, Melbourne City became the first team in Australian football history to win three consecutive Championships and support for the W-League grew in numbers with a 52 percent increase in attendance at matches during the 2017/18 season.

Across the board women’s football is growing in popularity but supporters of the game continue to be left frustrated and confused about the game and where it is headed.




So this Female Football Week, The Women’s Game spoke with FFA’s Head of Women’s Football, Emma Highwood to discuss the issues affecting the W-League and Matildas.

One of the main issues during the most recent W-League season was broadcasting.  

Fans were unhappy when there was no broadcast of the game between Perth Glory and Canberra United where Sam Kerr scored a first-half hat-trick. There were also weeks where there were simply no W-League matches on Fox Sports or SBS Viceland.

However, with all these issues, this season still saw a jump from 17 televised games to 27 including full broadcast of the finals series plus extra streaming services on selected games for Fox Sports customers.

Fans overseas could also enjoy the W-League with a new streaming service and while it sometimes didn’t work, it looked to be a step in the right direction.