The growth of the Women’s A-League as women’s soccer continues to evolve

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Women’s soccer has been on a continual momentum of growth in recent years, with a number of league competitions and international competitions helping to highlight how far the sport has managed to progress in recent years.

Indeed, we have seen leagues abroad such as the Women’s Super League in England and the French Division 1 Feminine both expand and continue to attract a number of investment opportunities as they regularly attract the best female soccer stars in the game, including some of the top talents to represent the Matildas.

However, while Australia knows that it is not going to be able to compete with those leagues, it does appear that they want to provide a league that resonates and highlights the growth that has been achieved across the world but in the Down Under.

Recently, it was announced that the A-League Women’s competition will be expanding from 10 teams to 12 over the next couple of years as they look to make the sport more competitive and provide further opportunities to the nation’s stars. This will see the number of games also subsequently increase as 14 will turn into 22, thus taking them level with other competitions across the globe.

The two teams expected to enter the division are Western United who will play in the 2022-23 season that begins on 18 November this year, while Central Coast Mariners are expected to join a year later if they are able to get the required approval.

The growth in women’s football could be a huge boost for the country’s economy in the future, just as the gambling industry has managed to do so. For instance, the Joe Fortune Online Casino has been able to thrive as a result of the popularity that has been experienced. With more games to be played, as well as a big tournament on the horizon, it would not be a surprise if we were to see a lot of activity in both sectors.

Of course, there is perhaps little surprise that this type of move has taken place given the circumstances of women’s soccer within the country. Australia is set to host the next Women’s World Cup along with New Zealand next year, while they have noticed that there has been a considerable dip in the quality of the A-League as many of their homegrown stars head to Europe to play at the highest levels possible.

Indeed, with a huge tournament like the World Cup on the immediate horizon, there will likely be a lot of interest in the sport and a special focus, which is perhaps why the country will want to try and take advantage of the situation that has been presented.

Naturally, many Australians will want to be involved in a huge sporting spectacle as big as the World Cup, and with a number of opportunities available to them to do a wide range of things, their interest levels will likely be at their highest ever, while also possibly being as high as they would ever be for a generation.

Additionally, with Australia being a rather sporting nation in cultural terms, the growth of women’s soccer and the A-League was always something that is likely to happen, especially as there have been significant changes to the game in recent years to have already taken place.

For instance, Wellington Phoenix were recently added to the competition back in 2021, while there have been consultations regarding minimum pay conditions, which could potentially help to make the game more appealing to some players, as well as young girls who may look to take up the sport in the future and want to become professional as they follow in the footsteps of stars such as Sam Kerr at Chelsea.

With the upcoming Women’s A-League season still a few months away, it would not be a surprise if we were to see plenty of focus on this year’s competition, and hopefully, that will translate into a level of success that will mean we can see the sport grow even further in the years to come!

Feature image credit: Tom McCarthy

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