W-League footballers stand to be among the hardest hit sportspeople from the coronavirus crisis due to many players' ineligibility for the government's JobKeeper subsidies.
Only five W-League footballers are currently contracted for next season and with A-League clubs - which provide the majority of funding for their W-League teams - in financial strife, the future of Australia's female league is uncertain.
The players themselves stand to be harder hit than their A-League counterparts given their 14 game season contracts likely rules them ineligible for the Australian government's $1500 per fortnight JobKeeper subsidy payments.
The payments are aimed at keeping Australian employees in their current jobs, but have strict eligibility requirements that are aimed largely at full-time employees.
Foreign A-League players and those with expiring contracts also stand to be hit hard by the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Given the W-League is semi-professional and the majority of W-League players are necessitated to have other forms of part-time employment, many players will be hit twice, as they may be ineligible for JobKeeper payments across both jobs.
Fox Sports are also rumoured to be considering withdrawing their over $50 million-per-year broadcasting funding for the league and many sources indicate that the COVID-19 crisis may expedite A-League clubs' forming an independent breakaway from FFA franchises.
Given the uncertain future Australian football faces moving forward, the joint Australian-New Zealand 2023 World Cup bid may also be thrown into disarray, with the possibility of significant changes in Australian football an ominous sign for the still fledgling female competitions.