It’s getting to that time of the year again: the weather's getting warmer and we’re becoming more and more impatient for the W-League to begin.
We’ve had a long break, but with the W-League's 12th season beginning in less than two months, it’s time to start getting excited.
Read below for three reasons why this season will top the rest!
The Wanderers are coming home
After three years of homelessness, the mighty Western Sydney Wanderers are set up at their new state-of-the-art Bank West Stadium.
Following a few seasons of bad luck and wooden spoons, the girls will be excited to finally be back on track at a world-class facility that they can claim as their own.
They’re not only getting a new field - newly appointed head coach Dean Heffernan is taking the wheel at the Wanderers, backed up by assistants Michael Beauchamp and Catherine Cannuli.
With the Wanderers back at Parramatta and fresh faces on board at the top, we’re sure to see some stellar football this season.
Coaching staff hitting form
It’s not only the W-League's players we've had to watch out for this year – the coaching staff across the board are a pretty talented bunch too. If all the coaches return to their teams, the 2019/20 season will be one to remember.
Sydney FC’s Ante Juric has been with the club since the 2017 season, the same amount of time as Heather Garriock has been at Canberra United.
Craig Deans has been with the Newcastle Jets since 2015, and Jeff Hopkins at the helm of Melbourne Victory for only a year less than that.
Female football Coach of the Year, Mel Andreatta, will also be going into her fourth year at Brisbane Roar.
They’ve had time to settle in and get their game plans ready, now it’s show-time.
Clubs are taking ownership of themselves
The FFA is no longer in total control of the W-League, with a new body taking over the top tiers in Australia.
This means that clubs will have more say in their own decisions, leading to greater growth of the game and higher fan engagement.
The aim is to significantly improve the commercial investment and marketing across the league, ultimately improving the quality of players and the competitiveness of the W-League.
The 2019/20 season will be the first time we see the new deal in action, so there’s plenty to look forward to!
With the draw coming out any day now and only weeks until Round 1 kicks off, the 2019/20 season of the W-League will be one you definitely don't want to miss!