W-League (Australia)

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The W-League is the main women's semi-professional football (soccer) league in Australia. Started in 2008, it has eight teams. Seven of them are partners with seven of the Australian clubs in the A-League. The eighth team is based in Canberra.[1] Because it is sponsored by the Westfield Group, the League is called the Westfield W-League.

The W-League started on 25 October 2008.[2]

One game per week is broadcast live nationwide on ABC1.[3]

The teams in the W-League have a salary cap of A$150,000 for the entire squad. By comparison, the salary cap for clubs in the men's competition, the A-League, is A2.35 million.

The league had eight teams.[4] The Central Coast Mariners had to withdraw from the 2010–11 season. This was because they did not have enough money.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Women in a league of their own". Football Federation Australia. 28 July 2008.
  2. "Girls shop to the top". FourFourTwo (Australia). 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.
  3. "Brisbane Roar v Canberra United – Saturday, 3 October at 3pm on ABC1"
  4. "W-League to debut in October". Fox Sports. 28 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-28.