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Female football in WA moves into new era

Football West News

2020 marks a new stage in female football in Western Australia with eight teams announced for the inaugural season of the National Premier Leagues WA – Women’s Competition.

The introduction of the NPLWA – Women’s Competition forms part of the implementation of the Female Football Plan 2018-2022, which has focused on embedding the importance of female football throughout all aspects of the game, developing frameworks to support the growth of female football and establishing targeted initiatives for female coaches, players and referees.

Football West CEO James Curtis said: “A focus of our Female Football Plan was to ensure that there were strong pathways for younger players coming through in the right club environment with the support required and this competition will provide that opportunity.”

The new model for elite female football is being introduced following consultation between Football West, Football Federation Australia, clubs and other stakeholders.

The objectives of the NPLWA – Women’s Competition are:

    • Creating the strongest, most competitive women’s and girls’ competition in Western Australia

    • Bringing the women’s and girls’ game in Western Australia into the Talented Player Pathway

    • Building premier clubs by setting standards and benchmarks in areas of youth development, coaching, governance, facilities, reporting and financial responsibility

    • Implementing a sustainable competition structure which maximises opportunities for talented players

Football West Head of Development Jamie Harnwell said: “The introduction of the NPL Women’s competition will have benefits across the board for female footballers.

“As a State we need to ensure that we have the best possible structures to support our talented players development, on and off the pitch, and this competition is another strong step forward.”

Mr Curtis added: “Congratulations to the teams who have been selected, these are exciting times in the female game.

“We’d also like to recognise the clubs who were unsuccessful and their ongoing commitment to female football. Football West is committed to supporting all clubs in WA in improving development structures for female footballers and I have no doubt that there will be plenty of clubs coming through in future years to be part of the NPLWA – Women’s Competition.”

An independent assessment panel was appointed to assess the teams that will form the 2020 competition. Following the assessment process Football West has determined the successful teams are:

  • Balcatta FC

  • Curtin University FC

  • Fremantle City FC

  • Hyundai Football West NTC

  • Murdoch University FC

  • Northern Redbacks FC

  • Perth SC

  • Subiaco AFC

The Hyundai Football West NTC was automatically granted a spot as the FFA Development Program for females in WA.

The teams for the Women’s State League Competition, the underpinning league to the NPLWA – Women’s Competition, will be finalised in early December following an expression of interest process.