The new W-League season was officially opened at Bankwest Stadium by Fox Sports Football host Tara Rushton and featured a speech from FFA head of leagues, Greg O'Rourke.

But Clare Polkinghorne was the star of the show, saying it had been a "big two weeks for women's football and for football in Australia.

"Especially with the next two games against Chile coming up, the announcement of the new Matildas CBA has added a lot of excitement around the game.

"Brisbane Roar have been lucky enough to win the W-League championship a few times but it's been a while since we've been lucky enough to hold it up.

"So I think this time, it's our turn."

Newcastle Jets' Gema Simon said now it was the fans turn to come on board.

"I think it's awesome, I think the game is really growing in Australia. Guys, Katie (Stengel) is looking for more followers, so if you're interested make sure you give her a follow."

Stengel was similarly enthusiastic, adding "Hollar at me.

"You could see all the influence of internationals coming in, it's great for the game and I hope this league keeps growing."

Jenna McCormick said that Melbourne Victory are once again going to be the team to beat.

"We're settling really well and our new internationals are coming in, so hopefully they can gel nicely into the squad as well.

"We'll be ready to go for round one."