Teagan Micah’s excellent performance in goal was the first thing that stood out in Melbourne City’s W-League opener against Brisbane Roar. The second thing was the big difference between the starting eleven of the defending champions in this game and the one that won last season’s grand final. In a 1-0 loss to Sydney FC in March, a series of Matildas assisted City to win the double.
Six of them were absent in the goalless draw against Roar last week.
All their services have been called upon abroad by Steph Catley (Arsenal), Lydia Williams (Arsenal), Kyah Simon (PSV), Ellie Carpenter (Olympique Lyonnais), Aivi Luik (Sevilla) and Emily van Egmond (West Ham).
Combined with Yukari Kinga (Orca Kamogawa) from Japan, which makes seven internationals. Amid many obstacles, Resilient W-League prepares to start the season | Samantha LewisContinueRead This is not especially shocking – in the 18 months since the 2019 World Cup took place in Europe, the high-profile departures have been numerous. The alarming thing about the exodus led by Sam Kerr is that Australia has produced a generation of talent and then lost all of it for little to no compensation. Yes, women’s soccer is still comparatively young, so the absurd inflation seen in men’s soccer is not in its transfer market. Nonetheless, other variables are more complex. The sheer amount of fixed-term contracts means that at the end of each season, practically all players in the league are on loan, given that Western Sydney has retained just one player from its regular squad in Courtney Nevin for 2019-20. “The problem with introducing a national transfer system is that in the A-League 60 percent of players are out of contract after this season and in the W-League 100 percent , coupled with the amateur competitions of the National Premier League,” said Kate Gill, co-chief executive of Professional Footballers Australia. “Our priority must be to professionalize our competitions. “The 2023 World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for women’s soccer. We need to build the W-League into a 12-month competition. We can’t miss this moment.
If we can give players approximately the same salaries as the major European clubs everywhere, if we have a 12-month soccer calendar, plus a strong CBA that needs strong support and funding, then the W-League will become the world’s best players’ competition of choice. The U.S. National Women’s Soccer League did not accept loans from clubs in other leagues until last year. This included the W-League and is a big explanation why so many Australian women were signed to NWSL clubs for several seasons, loaned during the US offseason to W-League clubs, and then recalled in time for the restart. This changed in 2018/19 after US and Australian discussions.
As a result, Sydney FC received a rare transfer fee, reportedly in the $40,000 and $15,000 range, for the contracted Matildas Caitlin Foord (Arsenal) and Chloe Logarzo (Bristol City). These sums are out of all proportion to the services of two regular internationals on a team ranked No. 7 in the world, especially considering that Chelsea recently signed Danish international Pernille Ha Ha We need to put ourselves in a position to decide the W-best League’s timetable and calendar – and stick to it. City coach Rado Vidosic said the W-League must become fully professional before the start of the season. “Before the start of the season, City coach Rado Vidosic said the W-League must become fully professional. ” said Vidosic. ” Vidosic said. “