Season 7 of the W-League is set to commence the weekend of 13/14 September 2014.
The seventh edition, as it has for the last two seasons, will be a 12 round competition with a two week finals series to conclude in late December.
This is only the second time that the W-League will start and finish a season in a calendar year (2009 was the other year) with a number of factors influencing the decision.
“We are in the final stages of confirming the Westfield W-League draw and will be officially announcing the schedule in mid-July,” said an FFA spokesperson.
“One of the main considerations that has affected the scheduling of the upcoming Westfield W-League season is the hosting of the AFC Asian Cup.”
As a number of the traditional W-League match venues, including the likes of McKellar Park, are set to be used as training centres for the 16 teams, the FFA considered it prudent to change the traditional October to January/February timing of the W-League.
The ABC, who were continually consulted in the development of the draw, are set to continue their association with the W-League, although the vexed question of online streaming is one that remains on the backburner.
As to the perpetual question of an increase to a full home and away season?
“At this stage, due to a number of factors, there will not be a full home and away schedule for the upcoming Westfield W-League season.”
“We will announce the number of rounds when we officially announce the Westfield W-League season draw.”
From what The Women’s Game understands, the move to a full home and away season is one that will happen next season. A full home and away season is one of a number of recommendations and outcomes to come from the soon to be released W-League Review.
Full details of the W-League season will be announced in mid July.