The W-League opening round will be tweaked to include a Sydney derby and Melbourne derby after COVID19 cases in Sydney restricts border movements around the country.
The Wanderers will now tackle Sydney FC instead of Melbourne Victory as part of their historic double header at BankWest Stadium on Sunday. The Wanderers A-League team play Macarthur FC in their opener in the first ever western Sydney derby.
Melbourne Victory now play Melbourne City, who were due to play Sydney FC in their opener.
There are expected to be several changes to both W-League and A-League schedules as FFA manages the evolving COVID19 situation around the country.
The Wanderers thrashed Sydney FC 5-0 in the corresponding derby at BankWest Stadium last year. Dean Heffernan’s ladies will be primed to start the season well against their arch rivals.
The club today announced the signing of Irish star Julie-Ann Russell, who has played the last three seasons with Sydney Uni in the NSW NPLW.
Melbourne City will be aiming for their fifth title in six years and will be hoping to make a statement against local rivals Victory who will have Matildas legend Lisa DeVanna in their squad this season.