Football Federation Australia (FFA) has decided that the top tier for women’s football in Australia, W-League will be moved and start the 2020/21 season first in December and finish in July, which will affect players who play in both the American top competition NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) and the Australian W-League.
Up to now a W-League season has started in October/November and has been finished in January/February which has enabled lots of players to play double seasons over one year with one NWSL club in the US and for one W-League club in Australia since a normal NWSL season is being played in between March/April and September/October.
The season move, which includes also the men’s top tier in Australia, A-League, is designed to align the countries elite competitions with the international game and lower-tier competitions.
It also came after a revised broadcast agreement between the Football Federation Australia (FFA) and Fox Sports. A deal which will include rights to W-League, meanwhile ABC will continue to broadcast one match per week in W-League as before.
Both Fox Sports and the ABC will hold rights to internationals featuring the Matildas (women’s national team) and Socceroos (men’s national team).