City kick off W-League title defence with grand final rematch

Melbourne City’s triumphant W-League team will open the new season with a grand final rematch against Perth Glory – a blockbuster start to a campaign that kicks off in late October and concludes with the grand final in mid-February.

City have been one of the heaviest investors in the women’s game and have won the title in both seasons they’ve competed.

City are looking to boost the club’s W-League profile even further by programming four of its games as broadcast double-header matches with the club’s A-League team at AAMI Park, while the other two home fixtures will be at CB Smith Reserve in Fawkner.

Melbourne Victory women’s team will open their campaign against highly regarded Canberra United before facing City in round two in early November at AAMI Park.

Victory will use AAMI Park for two matches, but it will also fixture games at Epping Stadium and Lakeside Stadium in Albert Park. Their two AAMI Park games will be as double-headers with the men’s team, the best-supported club in the A-League.

Twenty-seven W-League matches will be seen live this season on Fox Sports, 10 more than last season.

A-League and W-League boss Greg O’Rourke said the women’s league has come a long way since its inception in 2008.

“There are 25 W-League/A-League double headers throughout the season. In addition, the kick-off times during the summer months have been fixed at later times for player and spectator comfort.”

The players’ union, Professional Footballers , has been pushing for better wages and conditions in the women’s game and the pay deal announced on Monday is a testament to the fact that all involved in soccer believe that growth in women’s football is an important route to building a broader supporter base for the game.

Victory will have in total six games televised on Fox Sports (rounds 2, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13) and six as part of an A-League/W-League double header

They will play seven games on a Friday, three on a Saturday and two on a Sunday.

City will have a total of seven fixtures broadcast live on Fox with away matches against the Glory, Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers adding to the four home televised fixtures. The bulk of City’s home games will be staged on Sundays.

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