A huge Sydney derby will kick-off the Westfield W-League 2018/19 season after the draw was revealed on Thursday.
Season 11 of the competition starts on Thursday, October 25 with a new-look Western Sydney Wanderers hosting crosstown rivals Sydney FC at Marconi Stadium.
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The match is sure to have some added spice with a host of former Sky Blues switching to the Red and Blacks in the off-season, as well as former Sydney FC coach Dan Barrett.
And Thursday Night Football is a feature of the new draw, with 13 of the 14 rounds to be played as stand-alone fixtures on that day of the week.
The opening round also throws up a triple-header on Sunday, October 28 with defending Premiers Brisbane Roar hosting Perth Glory, three-time Champions Melbourne City traveling to Canberra United, while Melbourne Victory does battle with Newcastle Jets.
There will also be two matches played in prime time on Friday night throughout the season, including a mouth-watering Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park in Round 3, November 16.
Another feature of the draw sees games taken to regional areas, with Morwell, Queanbeyan and Wollongong to host matches during the 14 round regular season.
“It is our desire to make the Westfield W-League the football league of choice for the best female footballers in the world and football fans,” FFA's Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O'Rourke said.
“To help achieve this, we set ourselves the goal of ensuring that all matches for the upcoming Westfield W-League season will be either broadcast or streamed in Australia, as well as introducing prime-time stand-alone fixtures to showcase the players and Clubs.
“For the first time in the history of the Westfield W-League we have included a break for the FIFA Women’s International Match window in November when the Westfield Matildas are scheduled to play Chile in Penrith and Newcastle.
“I am confident that this season of the Westfield W-League is set to be one of the best,” concluded O’Rourke.
Some other features of the draw
- Watch every match via FOX SPORTS broadcast or live stream - 57 matches in total, 54 regular season and 3 Finals Series. That's 27 more matches than last season!
- Introduction of stand-alone, prime time football on Thursday night which will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS. You can also stream this games live via www.foxsports.com.au and My Football Live app.
- All 3 Westfield W-League 2019 Finals Series matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, on SBS VICELAND and the My Football Live app.
- rebel Female Football Round – Round 4, 22-25 November 2018
- rebel Play Football Round – Westfield W-League 2019 Finals Series Week 1, 8-10 February 2019
Alternate market fixtures to expand the reach of the Westfield W-League
Round 5 – Sunday 2 December 2018: Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers FC @ Latrobe City Stadium, Morwell
Round 12 – Thursday 17 January 2019: Canberra United v Melbourne Victory @ Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan
- Round 14 – 31 January 2019: Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC @ WIN Stadium, Wollongong
- The Westfield W-League 2019 Semi-Finals will be played on the weekend of 8-10 February 2019 with the Westfield W-League 2019 Grand Final scheduled for Sunday 17 February 2019.