The Mariners boss urged the Central Coast community to show their support for entry in the national comp by adding their names to an online petition.

“I implore all football fans and sports fans in general on the Coast to get behind this and show that there is a real strong level of community spirit to ensure that we have a team represent us on the national stage,” Mielekamp said.

“Whether that’s by connecting via social media to the campaign or by coming along to one of our upcoming WNPL matches, anything fans can do to show their support is greatly appreciated and will help make sure the FFA know this is a serious and very important decision to be made.”

Barrett (left) as Sydney FC W-League coach, 2016

Barrett, who has lived on the coast for the past 17 years and is a former Sydney FC W-League coach, shared the sentiments of Dolan, his International Football School colleague.

“It has been extremely tough for our local juniors who are required to travel two hours up or down the road to gain access to the W-League, and sometimes that can have detrimental effects on a young player.

“A Central Coast Mariners W-League team will provide more opportunities for our young aspiring players.

“There are plenty of great young footballers in Australia who aren’t getting minutes on the pitch. Adding another team will give these players the opportunity to show Australia what they’ve got, and help our aspiring Young Matildas become full Matildas - building a greater base and more depth for the national team.


The CCM NPL 2 Women’s team will be in action on Sunday 28 May, 2018 at 3pm,  International Football School, Kariong.