Sydney FC captain Teresa Polias knows better than most how difficult it can be for women footballers to make a living while playing the game they love.
Polias is also adamant that a full home and away season must be introduced to the W-League to give all teams an equal chance at the title.
At the moment, some teams only play each other once, while others play twice. Given the advantages of playing at home, this gives some teams an “easier” draw than others.
“When you look at a team like Wanderers, who were starting to hit their straps, you can imagine if we had two or three more rounds against each team, that would have been amazing,” Polias said.
“In the past, we’ve been lucky to have finished third or fourth because teams just beneath us were snapping at our heels. Had there been [more] rounds, it could have gone anyway. Even this season, if there were another two rounds, it could have changed everything.
“For the league to continue to grow, the next realistic step is introducing two full rounds. I don’t for the life of me understand why it isn’t that way already.”
When asked whether she would like to see the W-League follow in the footsteps of fully professional women’s leagues like the FA Women’s Super League in England, Polias was resoundingly supportive.
“Absolutely,” she said.
“I don’t think it’s unrealistic. Why not aim high and have high expectations of ourselves? I think we’re a top league and we should be treated that way as well.
“I hope it takes less than ten seasons [to fix these issues]. You can’t lose all those players because then there won’t be a league.”
Sydney and Matildas superstar Caitlin Foord agrees.