While much has been made about the large number of Matildas moving to England's FA Women's Super League in the last year, as well as the continued focus on those playing in the American National Women's Soccer League, another recent 'migration' has been less talked about: Australia's Nordic Invasion.
The same physicality, opportunity to improve, and ability to easily communicate in English, also exist in Norway and Sweden. The leagues have other comparatives with both the FAWSL and NWSL.
The Nordic leagues are all well established and offer an organized, professional, and competitive environment. Like the FAWSL, they are also leagues that can give you the opportunity to play UEFA Champions Leagues football.
C.J. Bott will get to compete in Europe's top competition this upcoming year.
There are also advantages. A big one is that the travel is significantly less in the Nordic leagues, and the FAWSL, then it is in the American NWSL league.
When choosing to leave the Chicago Red Stars, Kerr did state that going to a league with less extensive travel would help extend her career.
The Nordic leagues, like the NWSL, do offer one big advantage to Australian football that the FAWSL cannot: the ability to come back to the W-league.
These league's calendars normally have off-seasons that match with the Australian W-League summer season.
While much can be said about the impacts year-round playing can have on players, and they are valid to consider, ensuring that big Matildas names continue to play W-League is imperative.
First off, it is important for the popularity of the league. Matildas are still a big draw within the W-League, especially for fans that are less knowledgeable about the league's non-international players.
They are also important for the competitiveness of the W-League.
Having seasoned professionals, who bring back both international level experience and international league experience only helps to enhance the level of professionalism, expectations and competitiveness within Australia.
Moreover, the more Australians come back to the W-League to play, the more the Nordic leagues could look to the W-League as a possible recruiting and development ground. Having more avenues opened to Australians all around the world will lead to greater opportunities.