Working within women’s football as a sport psychologist and having played semi-professionally, I am frequently asked to comment on the differences between the men and women’s game.
The most exciting season of the W-League is heading towards what is anticipated to be an equally exciting finals series and we want to capture your excitement and the support of your team.
Victory supporting their team in the regular season | Emily Mogic/TWG
On a Tuesday night in Australia we received a piece of correspondence that would change our world. Too dramatic? Okay maybe a little bit but as the Twittersphere caught the news many Australian fans had the same reaction we did; shock, disbelief and maybe one or two tears (or three or four). Basically we went through all the stages of grief in a six hour period.
In 2012 the women’s football public said goodbye to two Matildas favourites from opposite sides of the pitch as striker Sarah Walsh and defender Thea Slatyer announced their retirements from international football.
When Jitka Klimkova was appointed in September of 2011, that that was said could have prepared us for the impact the Czech coach would have on the W-League.
Confession time. We at TWG love Lisa De Vanna…okay at least Ann really really likes Lisa (it’s a Perth thing!). Regardless of like, dislike or indifference, as a football fan no one can discount the talent of the 28 year old striker. After an indifferent 2011, she returned to her best form in 2012.
For the second straight year we are writing about the knee injuries to our best and brightest. Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuries have always been a part of women’s football and, after speaking to former Matildas, there is always a period when we have more than our fair share. However that does not comfort those who will lose a full year of their football lives.
Sam Kerr back in action after ACL rehab
After 75 internationals this was it for Matildas’ striker Sarah Walsh. Her final game against the recently crowned Olympic champions the USWNT.
Domestically and internationally, 2012 was a big year for several players. Whether shining in the W-League in a champion side, tearing it up in overseas competitions, scoring spectacular goals against the Olympic champs or marking the world's best, several senior and U20s players made their mark in 2012.
When it was announced that the Western Sydney Wanderers would join the W-League, the was a very real fear that there was not enough depth for an eight team and their inclusion could precipitate a drop in the standard of football.