The most improved A-League Women teams this season

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With the A-League Women season officially wrapped up, we thought it would be a good idea to recognise the teams which made the most improvements this campaign.

  1. Melbourne City

The Melbourne side had the most impressive turn around; they were in the bottom three last season but moved up five spots to finish the regular season in second-place.

They strengthened their game by perfecting last season’s flaws and displayed an experienced and youthful side to promote balance while getting results and the return of defender Rebekah Stott certainly put a skip in their step.

City narrowly missed out on a place in the grand final after a preliminary final loss to reigning champions Melbourne Victory.

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  1. Perth Glory

Alex Epakis had his second season in command, during which he took last season’s wooden spooners and led them into finals contention.

Perth finished just shy in fifth-place and collected seven wins – which was seven more than last season.

Glory’s 2021/22 season progression could be courtesy of their dynamic squad with international talent upfront, familiar ALW talent running the midfield and experienced defenders.

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  1. Adelaide United

Despite losing some of their key talent, Adelaide jumped up two places from last season to finish third, which also meant they finally qualified for a spot in the finals.

With golden boot winner Fiona Worts linking up with Chelsie Dawber, the Reds were all business this season.

Unfortunately, they could not go all the way, but their progress this season is enough to celebrate and good motivation moving forward.

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  1. Newcastle Jets

The Jets moved one spot up on the ladder from the 2020/21 season, although technically finishing eighth for both seasons – the addition of Wellington Phoenix to ALW pushed the Jets from second to third last.

While their squad featured a lot of young talent, the Jets had leading striker Tara Andrews re-sign for the club proving testament in working through lingering weaknesses to progress forward; even if only by one spot.

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  1. Melbourne Victory

The back-to-back champs ended the regular season in fourth place, actually one place down compared to the previous season where they finished third.

But Victory fought their way through the finals to beat Sydney FC, who dominated the season for a second time running.

The up-and-coming Kyra Cooney-Cross became one of Victory’s key players in their success this season along with the guidance of coach Jeff Hopkins.

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Feature Image credit: Jordan Trombetta 

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Ash Ramos
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