That's the opinion of Matildas trio Alana Kennedy, Clare Polkinghorne and Ellie Carpenter, three of the biggest players to watch when the women's domestic league begins next week.

It does so without its biggest drawcard in Kerr, who is expected to take her rare talents to Europe following another successful season in the United States.

"It's a big loss for the W-League," Polkinghorne said at the W-League launch on Thursday.

"But it'll be a good opportunity for Sam to test herself elsewhere and that's only going to benefit the Matildas, so I think it's going to be a win-win all round.

"It gives an opportunity for other players to step up and take that role in the W-League."

Kerr isn't the only high-profile Australian absentee from the league this season, with former Sydney FC veteran Lisa De Vanna plying her trade in Italy.

Kennedy, De Vanna's ex-Sky Blues teammate, is adamant the competition will survive without two of the biggest names in Australian women's soccer over the past 10 years.

Twenty of the current 23 Matildas are signed to W-League clubs, while there has been an influx of players from the recently-completed NWSL in the United States.

Three players from the all-conquering North Carolina Courage have joined perennial underachievers Western Sydney Wanderers.

"Obviously (Kerr and De Vanna) two really big losses for the league," said Kennedy, who helped guide Sydney FC to the title last season.

"But the quality that the rest of the national team brings and international players that we have and also our home-grown girls is what really keeps the league alive.

"Especially when there's times the Matildas are on international games, these are the players who have kept the league alive for 10-plus years now.

"I think it's an opportunity for others to step up to as well."

Carpenter, 19, is one such, having switched to Melbourne City after two summers with Canberra United and representing Australia 35 times over four seasons.

She made history in the NWSL last year after becoming the youngest player to debut, and then score, in league history, with the Portland Thorns.

"I don't like to put too much pressure on myself. I'm just going to do what I do and be the best player I can be, to try and help Melbourne City lift that trophy," Carpenter said.

She did forecast however that Kerr's decision to test herself in Europe could open the door for others to follow.

Capenter added: "Europe is definitely increasing their league and getting quality players over there. I think a couple of girls are looking to do that option in the next few years."