Sydney FC finished last year on a down note after being outclassed in the semi-finals by a rampant Perth Glory. The Sky Blues will be looking to go that little bit further in 2017/18 and reclaim the Westfield W-League title for the first time in four years.

Last Season:
W-League: 3rd
Finals: Semi-finalists  

They’ll win the league because…
Sydney boast the likes of Lisa De Vanna, Amy Harrison, Caitlin Cooper, Princess Ibini, Teresa Polias, Georgia Yeoman-Dale and Teigan Allen — all players that have worn the green and gold of Australia. As it stands the Sydneysiders have more Matildas on their books than any other club.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard about Australia’s domination of the women’s game in 2017. The experience and confidence gained from beating some of the world’s best should spill over into the Sky Blues’ locker room and with any luck rub off on the younger players.

It also gives the side that extra element of chemistry from having so many players training together before a ball has even been kicked this season. If coach Ante Juric can mix the chemistry of that core with the rest of his young team then the sky could be the limit for the women in blue.

They’ll be cellar dwellers because…
They can’t – unless something goes horribly wrong.

To be honest there’s too much class in this Sydney side for them to be cellar dwellers but that doesn’t mean they’re destined to win it either.

Back-to-back champions Melbourne City will be seen as the team to beat after another impressive season last year. The Melburnians have been slower to assemble their squad but have still managed to weaken the Sydneysiders by prying forward Kyah Simon away from her hometown club. As the Sky Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer Simon will be hard to replace.

Having knocked Sydney out of the playoffs last year it’s clear that Perth will also be a challenge. With the talented Sam Kerr leading the line Glory have a world-class player in red-hot form who will be a threat to even the league’s best defenders. If the Sky Blues want to take that extra step they’re going to have to neutralise the West Australian phenom, which has proven to be easier said than done.

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In the end Sydney FC have to show their mettle and prove they can get over that hurdle that has tripped them up in the last four seasons. With most of the team under 23 years old Sydney may just lack the experience and bottle to go the distance.

Talk around the watercooler…
The Sky Blues have been to every single finals series since the birth of the Westfield W-League but they’ve only crowned themselves champions on two of those occasions. They’ll be looking to make that three with their first title since 2013.

Key player…
Lisa De Vanna – The striker is one of the greats of Australian football and she brings a wealth of experience to a team full of youth. A mainstay in the national team De Vanna has scored 43 goals for her country in 126 caps. Domestically she’s won the W-League with Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and City and Sydney will be hoping that her winning ways continue in sky blue.

One to watch…
Remy Siemsen – The young goalscorer will be one to watch for Sydney FC this coming season. She won the league’s Young Player of the Year award in her first W-League season at just 17 and was the Sky Blue’s top goalscorer. By pairing the youngster with De Vanna Sydney will be hoping that the veteran’s experience rubs off and sees Siemsen grow into one of the league’s elite talents.

Squad list…
Sham KHAMIS, Teigen ALLEN, Caitlin COOPER, Angelique HRISTODOULOU, Amy HARRISON, Princess IBINI, Leena KHAMIS, Teresa POLIAS (c), Elizabeth RALSTON, Remy SIEMSEN, Rachael SOUTAR, Georgia YEOMAN-DALE.

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Football fan, writer, and post-grad journalism student at the University of Technology Sydney. Joined the team in 2017 to cover Sydney FC and the Central Coast Mariners.