With the women’s game in Australia growing at an exponential rate, there’s no better time to buy into the W-League than the present.

Read on for five banging reasons as to why this league should be your favourite league.

1. Sam Kerr

I could almost leave it at that but I’ll give you some background info. Kerr is one of the best female footballers in the world and we’re lucky enough to have her right here at home playing for Perth Glory.

Debuting for Australia at the age of 15, Kerr now has 67 caps for the Matildas and a stack of awards to her name. Most recently she was named the 2018 Young Australian of the Year to add to her 2017 AFC Women’s Player of the Year award.

This star striker was also awarded the 2017/18 season Julie Dolan Medal after scoring 13 goals in nine appearances for the Glory. If you’ve got no other reason to watch the W-League, watch it for the attacking runs and lethal shots of this legend.

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2. International players

A number of international players boost the quality and experience of the W-League: the majority which come from England and the United States, which are both football powerhouses in the women’s game.

But these aren’t the only internationals – players from nations such as the Netherlands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Turkey and Wales also play in the league, adding unique culture and playing styles. These players often represent their own national teams, bringing their wealth of knowledge and experience back to the W-League.

On top of this, just about every Matilda plays in the W-League, so fans are treated to both national and international talent.

 3. On the up and up

Both the Matildas’ squad and W-League competition have seen massive increases in the quality of Australian women’s football. It’s an exciting time for women’s sport with exponential growth in crowd numbers and rates of girls playing football. If you’re not behind the W-League yet, jump on the bandwagon and support our Australian sportswomen.

4. Time for the fans

The girls in the W-League are very giving of their time, especially after matches. After running around for 90 minutes, players wander over to the fans in the crowd with a smile, never refusing a selfie or autograph request.

The time these players give back to the fans is reflected through their recent major increase in popularity as well as being considered positive role models, especially for young girls in the game. The culture of the W-League brings fans and players closer together, promoting the women’s game. Next time you’re at a W-League match, stand by the edge of the field and you’re sure to catch a star player eager for a chat.

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5. No diving

When was the last time you watched a men’s football game and thought something along the lines of ‘Why are they always on the ground?’

There’s been numerous scenes in the men’s game of players grabbing at their calf in agony when a defender barely touched them. But what’s one major positive of watching the W-League in Australia? You’re going to see a lot less diving, and a lot more girls getting up and getting on with it.

No diving means the game isn’t slowed down by fake injuries and milking penalties doesn’t happen anywhere near as much. Not having to endure players limping off only to return minutes later with a miraculous recovery is one of the reasons you should be watching the W-League this season.

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Bachelor of journalism student from the University of Sydney covering Sydney FC. Passionate about writing and football.