The fifth season of the W-League was officially launched at Sydney's Jones Bay Wharf on Tuesday with eight teams vying for supremacy.
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With the addition of debutant Western Sydney Wanderers, the 2012-2013 W-League will be two rounds longer than last season.
"The Westfield W-League is one of, if not, the world’s premier women’s football competition and this season is set to the best one yet," Head of W-League Damien De Bohun said.
"The local grounds at which the Westfield W-League is played provide a great family-friendly atmosphere, and tickets can be purchased at the gate."
The W-League commences this Saturday with champion Canberra United facing last season's runner-up Brisbane Roar at Canberra's McKellar Park and concludes with the W-League Grand Final on the Australia Day weekend - Sunday 27 January 2013.
Other key dates and features are:
:: Family-friendly AM fixtures including first AM match of the season to be played at Intiga Stadium, Inglewood in Perth (Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory – 21 October at 10.30am AWST)
:: First W-League inter-city derby with Sydney FC taking on Western Sydney Wanderers FC at Leichardt Oval (27 October at 2pm AEDT)
:: The historic first Western Sydney Wanderers FC home match at Campbelltown Stadium against Perth Glory (3 November at 2pm AEDT)
:: Sydney FC to play Perth Glory as the curtain raiser to Sydney FC’s first A-League inter-city home derby at Allianz Stadium (15 December @ 5pm AEDT)
"It's a really exciting time to be playing in the Westfield W-League this season and I can't wait to strap on the boots this weekend and hopefully bag a few goals for Sydney FC," Matildas striker and Sydney FC captain Kyah Simon said.
There would be few prouder persons of Mile Jedinak's appointment as Australia captain for the international match against Ecuador than his former A-League coach Lawrie McKinna.