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Manchester City and Western Sydney Wanderers fan here. Also have a soft spot for the crazy gang (AFC Wimbledon) and Melbourne City. There is a reason why they call the world game the beautiful game....

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Agree at the end of the day you need a good product.

How can we expose the hidden diamond that is the W-League?

Apart from the SBS and foxtel games the only other way is to actually go. But reality is most people arent able to or dont want to so we need to try and capture them. TV is the way to go.

How can we expose the hidden diamond that is the W-League?

Huge mate. The amount of kids playing the sport is phenomenal now compared to where it used to be. Swans get very good crowds. The GIants will as the new generation of kids comes through. Trust me it will be come huge and even bigger than it already is.

How can we expose the hidden diamond that is the W-League?

DO you ever stop sooking dude?
Yes the referees are doing an amazing job? Dont see the correlation? Referees arent responsible for making the game attractive? The referees arent responsible for the stale and boring league.

A-League at the cross roads

Feel free to tell us which decisions were stuff ups?

VAR critics off the mark

TBH with Bobo’s incident, i think it was a soft tap really. IT wasnt a full blooded kick and it wouldnt have hurt anyone. I think they were uncertain if it should be a yellow or red hence it was a grey area. The VAR has no authority to have a yellow card issued only a direct red card. This is the issue with VAR. Personally i think a challenge a referee sees we should leave whatever decision the referee makes. Off the ball incidents a referee doesnt see he should be allowed to issue a yellow or a red. Otherwise we have two extreme scenarios of a red or nothing which is what is causing a lot of angst.

VAR critics off the mark

Players still celebrate i think 😀

VAR critics off the mark

Fadida i just saw the McGinn challenge and yes it was a red card. Studs up and he came flying in which means it was a bit excessive. Luckily he didnt collect him in the wrong spot otherwise we are talking broken leg. Again by the letter of the law its a red. For game management i would have given that a yellow since he didnt do much damage but technically by the letter of the law it is a red and as i said with VAR u need to apply letter of the law. Without VAR the referee would have issued a yellow and that would have been that.

VAR critics off the mark

Trust me, I live in Geelong. Female soccer is booming. Geelong is a very important strategic region for Australian sports.

Geelong deserves a W League team sooner rather than later. An A league team should be here within the next 10 years but we can start almost immediately with a W League team and even a National Youth League team.

25% of the regions registered soccer participants are female…which is a very healthy number. Galaxy United are doing good things with the WNPL as well.

I dont see any other area that should have a priority for W league other than maybe Central Coast and Southern Sydney. Geelong should be one of three new teams in the W league.

Geelong is a W-League town. Let's give them a team

Good article. I think the reality is we need to look at clubs broadening their horizons beyond their normal geographical landscape. Its the only way forward. But we need to make sure it is realistic. Wellington and Canberra is a ridiculous link that will give very little return on investment. Melb City and Geelong is realistic. Northern Fury and Townsville, Darwin etc. is realistic considering they are from the northern part of Australia. I think Southern Sydney and Brisbane will be the new teams. Geelong should have one in 10 years and id say Northern Qld too. Wellington needs to be cut loose and in their place maybe a team from Canberra or a second team playing out of WA (fremantle?)

Whose (expansion) team is it anyway?

Brilliantly said

On the importance of sport

Good because that is exactly how it should be

On the importance of sport

What do you mean no evidence? City have given discounted memberships to Geelong fans, many Geelong fans have signed up to be members. City are bringing clinics and beach football to the region. Geelong kids are given match day opportunities. The next step is to bring a game to Geelong.

VIctory have not brought a home game to Geelong, they have always brought a regional game to Geelong.

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong's football passion

Unrealistic mate…the local league is nowhere near prestigious enough to warrant thousands of fans going along. A league is the ultimate in this country.

Melbourne City taking advantage of Geelong's football passion

Geelong would be a great candidate…I hope the delays in A League expansion dont put the Victoria Patriots working party off…

How a Geelong A-League team would work

Melbourne City have started really engaging with the Geelong community. Mascot opportunities for kids, discounted memberships, kids clinics and beach soccer competitions etc. Fantastic stuff

Melbourne City and Geelong - a match made in heaven

I go to a few Nemesis. Am a member of Western Sydney and Melbourne City. Been to about 7 games this year. I have also Been to every A league ground, even been to ACL games in Asia to follow the Wanderers.

You say “nearly every kid” that had a shirt. How many had a shirt????

How a Geelong A-League team would work

I admire your passion for the womens game Waz but we need to be realistic. Cant force people to like womens football. as good as it is, it doesn’t compare to the mens game overall. Its a reality everyone has to accept.

How to grow the W-League

Agree 10000% its a better atmosphere at A J Kelly field and that is great. The article pointed out that if games arent played before A league games they should be at smaller intimate venues. But still isn’t it better to have more money from bigger crowds. Ideally you’d have similar crowds that would attend Suncorp at smaller venues but you cant have it both ways. Do Brisbane Roar women still pay the same rent as the men to play at Suncorp? if that is the case its ridiculous? Seems crazy they would have to do that and your right they will lose money doing that…

Great for Brisbane Roar women to have big crowds but apart from them and Newcastle the crowds rarely get into 4 figures at other games.

I think playing W league after the A league may have merit. This can only be done when there is a 5pm A league game.

How to grow the W-League

Yeah spot on and that is because it hasn’t got a great history. Why is AFL and NRL and cricket so much more popular? it has been around for over a 100 years. It started at a different time in history when people had less other commitments. Its hard to get new leagues off the ground now due to the sheer fact people have so many other things going on in their lives. Even cricket has seen less people at games because people don’t have the time they once did to go to games.

How to grow the W-League

Thanks for pointing the W league salary cap out and the AFL womens minimum salary.
I actually thought the salary cap only went up to $150,000 last year but I stand corrected on that. My point was women are getting slightly better paid but nowhere near enough as they aren’t using the full extent of the cap. I think Melb City only used $50,000 last year when they won the league??? The problem is you need the money to pay it in the first place and that only comes from bigger crowds and bigger TV audiences to generate sponsorship revenue and bigger TV money.

Good to see the Womens AFL min salary being bigger than $5,000 🙂 glad they renegotiated that.

How to grow the W-League

“double headers need to be kept to a minimum and eliminated when broadcast restrictions permit. 4,100 in Suncorp last Sunday did not match the atmosphere created by 3,100 at Spencer Park (or indeed the 1,700 at AJ Field)”

I don’t agree about keeping double headers to a minimum. If you want bigger crowds to generate more money you need to make the games double headers, its a reality! If they don’t have double headers I agree wholeheartedly the games need to be at smaller venues creating a better atmosphere. Unfortunately cant always have it both ways. Another option is to have womens games after the mens games…play the women after the weekly Saturday A league game at 5pm?

How to grow the W-League