First of its kind FIFA report benchmarks W-League against world’s best leagues

Full story first published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/first-of-its-kind-fifa-report-benchmarks-w-league-against-world-s-best-leagues Declared to be the first of its kind by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, a new benchmarking report - christened ‘Setting The Pace’ by the global governing body - has provided an overview of the elite level of the women’s game at a club and league … Continue reading First of its kind FIFA report benchmarks W-League against world’s best leagues

Josh Cavallo proof that ‘recycling’ A-League players works, Australia’s issue with referees

The unheralded yet serious threat to the Australian game, a youngster finding a home at Adelaide United, contextualising Sam Kerr's achievements and much more. It's all here in ESPN's Australian Football Wrap! Full story published for ESPN Australia and New Zealand: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league/story/4387783/josh-cavallo-proof-that-recycling-a-league-players-worksaustralias-issue-with-referees

Melbourne Victory CEO Trent Jacobs set to depart

CEO Trent Jacobs is the latest figure to depart Melbourne Victory, with the club announcing on Friday that the long-time servant and current chief executive would exit in the coming weeks. In an afternoon statement, the four-time A-League champions said that Jacobs, who has been at the club in some capacity for 13 years, had … Continue reading Melbourne Victory CEO Trent Jacobs set to depart

W-League stars convene with eyes on Tokyo Olympics and beyond

Full story first published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/w-league-stars-convene-with-eyes-on-tokyo-olympics-and-beyond Matildas’ assistant coach Melissa Andreatta and her fellow national team coaches are looking to build an arsenal that can not only challenge for a medal in Tokyo, but also fire in the years ahead. 26 of the 2020-21 W-League season’s best performers assembled in Sydney … Continue reading W-League stars convene with eyes on Tokyo Olympics and beyond

ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap: Sydney Derby brilliance needs to be the A-League norm, not the exception

Adam Le Fondre's potential impact, Sam Kerr's adjustment to life in Europe, Riku Danzaki finding his feet at Brisbane Roar, progress on a National Second Tier, and a word of temperance after a big week for A-League crowds. It's all here, and more, in the ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap! Full story published for ESPN Australia and New Zealand: … Continue reading ESPN Australia and New Zealand Football Wrap: Sydney Derby brilliance needs to be the A-League norm, not the exception

Who wins ESPN’s Hypothetical Australian Club Championship?

With the concept of a unified, club championship being floated by the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), ESPN Australia and New Zealand has done the math to figure out just who would reign supreme if such a trophy existed in 2020-21 - and beyond.  Full story published for ESPN Australia and New Zealand: https://www.espn.com.au/football/australian-a-league/story/4373090/who-wins-espns-hypothetical-australian-club-championship

The sky isn’t falling, but Matildas’ defeats offer reminders – and opportunities – for Australian football

Full story first published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/the-sky-isn-t-falling-but-matildas-defeats-offer-reminders-and-opportunities-for-australian-football The Matildas’ heavy defeats against Germany and the Netherlands represented a baptism of fire on their return to the international scene, but also provided lessons - and opportunities - for the entire Australian football ecosystem. The Matildas' inglorious return to international football continued in the … Continue reading The sky isn’t falling, but Matildas’ defeats offer reminders – and opportunities – for Australian football

Title-winning W-League outfit forge path for Victory to follow

Full story first published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/title-winning-w-league-outfit-forge-path-for-victory-to-follow Capping off their third successive finals appearance with an elusive W-League championship, Melbourne Victory’s past five years represent a remarkable journey - one that should inspire those inside their own building. The contrast, quite literally, couldn’t be greater. As Victory’s A-League side, bottom of the … Continue reading Title-winning W-League outfit forge path for Victory to follow

De Vanna’s experience makes Victory favourites for W-League GF, says Matildas legend Garriock

Matildas’ legend Heather Garriock sees mindset as key heading into this weekend’s W-League Grand Final, but believes fellow Matildas’ icon Lisa De Vanna looms as a potential difference-maker for Melbourne Victory. Full story published for SBS' The World Game: https://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/de-vanna-s-experience-makes-victory-favourites-for-w-league-gf-says-matildas-legend-garriock