Melbourne City FC (W-League)

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Melbourne City FC W-League
Melbourne City FC W-League logo.png
Full name Melbourne City Women's FC
Founded 2015; 3 years ago (2015)
Ground CB Smith Reserve (2,000)
AAMI Park (30,050)
Lakeside Stadium
Manager Rado Vidošić
League W-League
2017–18 4th (league)
Champions (finals series)
Website Club website
Current season

Melbourne City FC, also known as the Melbourne City Women or simply as City, represents Melbourne City in the W-League, the top division women's football (soccer) league in Australia. Founded in 2015, the club has its training and administration based at the City Football Academy in Melbourne and plays home games at both the CB Smith Reserve in the northern suburb of Fawkner and at AAMI Park near the Melbourne city centre. The current manager of the team is Rado Vidošić.[1]

History

Following on from their purchase of and investment into Manchester City in England, City Football Group turned their eyes to investment into the women's game as well, funding a serious overhaul of the Manchester club's female affiliate.[2] Only months after their takeover of the men's team Melbourne City FC, they followed likewise on the women's side, contacting the FFA regarding entering a team into the W-League to be affiliated to the men's Melbourne side.[3]

After a year of negotiations, their involvement was sealed with an announcement that a women's team competing under the name Melbourne City FC would compete in the W-League as of the beginning of the 2015–16 season.[3]

Foundations and immediate success

Melbourne City CEO Scott Munn revealed that his club had been in consultation with Football Federation Australia (FFA) for over 12 months regarding the introduction of a new W-League side.[4] In July 2015, Melbourne City Women's FC made Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna their first-ever signing. She is widely regarded as one of the world's best women's strikers.[5] After De Vanna, the club's next foundation signings were Laura Alleway and Brianna Davey. In September 2015, Young Matildas Larissa Crummer, Alex Chidiac, Beattie Goad and former Adelaide United defender Monique Iannella joined the club.[6] Matilda Steph Catley also signed up in September. Regarded as a Matlidas' fan favourite, Catley created history when she was voted as the first female to appear on the cover of the video game FIFA 16.[7][8]

The club created history in its inaugural 2015–16 season, winning all 12 of its regular season games to become Premiers (regular-season winners) and becoming Champions by winning the 2016 W-League Grand Final, completing a perfect season.[9] In the following season, City suffered a six-match winless run during the middle part of the season before storming back into the finals series and claiming a second successive championship in the 2017 Grand Final. This achievement meant the club was equal with several other clubs for the greatest number of championships won in the league.[10] The club then eclipsed this record the following season when it defeated Sydney FC in the 2018 W-League Grand Final.

Players

Current squad

As of 15 November 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK Lydia Williams (on loan from Seattle Reign)
2 Japan MF Yukari Kinga
3 United States DF Lauren Barnes (on loan from Seattle Reign)
4 Australia DF Chelsea Blissett
5 Australia FW Helen Cáceres
7 Australia DF Steph Catley (captain)
8 Australia MF Elise Kellond-Knight
9 England FW Jodie Taylor (guest player on loan from Seattle Reign)
10 Australia MF Nia Stamatopoulos
11 Australia FW Rhali Dobson
12 Australia FW Adriana Jones
13 New Zealand DF Rebekah Stott
No. Position Player
14 Australia FW Shelby Green
15 Australia MF Amy Jackson
16 Australia MF Sofia Sakalis
17 Australia FW Kyah Simon (on loan from Houston Dash)
18 Australia MF Aimee Medwin
19 Australia DF Tyla-Jay Vlajnic
21 Australia FW Janna Lawson
22 United States FW Jasmyne Spencer (on loan from Seattle Reign)
23 Australia GK Melissa Barbieri
24 Australia FW Whitney Knight
31 Australia MF Tameka Butt
88 Denmark DF Theresa Nielsen (on loan from Seattle Reign)

Notable former players

Below is a list of notable footballers who have played for Melbourne City. Generally, this list includes former players that have played 50 or more first-class matches for the club, have at least one senior international cap, and/or have made significant contributions to the club's history.

Managerial staff

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Rado Vidošić
Assistant Coach Australia Melissa Barbieri
Team Manager Australia Louisa Bisby

Honours

Broadcasting

For the 2018–19 season, all matches are scheduled to be broadcast on pay-TV network Fox Sports and the My Football app., with one match per week free-to-air on SBS.[11] In addition, ESPN+ will broadcast at least 17 W-League matches in the 2018-19 season. [12]

League results

Correct as of 12 February 2017

Season League Finals Series Top scorer
Pld W D L GF GA Pts Position Player(s) Goals[nb 1]
2015–16 12 12 0 0 38 4 36 1st Champions Larissa Crummer 11
2016–17 12 6 2 4 19 14 20 4th Champions Jess Fishlock 8
2017–18 12 6 2 4 20 15 20 4th Champions Jess Fishlock 8

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Includes any goals scored in finals series matches.

References

  1. ^ "Melbourne City announcne coaching restructure". thewomensgame.com.au. 19 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Manchester City aim for Women's Super League success too". BBC. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Melbourne City FC set to field W-League team in 2015". melbournecityfc.com.au. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Melbourne City to join W-League next season". SBS. 14 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Melbourne City FC signs inaugural W-League player". Football Federation Australia. 14 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Melbourne City sign four more W-League signings". Football Federation Australia. 10 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Steph Cately to be on FIFA 16 cover". Daily Mail Australia. 10 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Melbourne City signs Steph Cately for 2015/16 W-League season". Football Federation Australia. 16 September 2015.
  9. ^ "W-League grand final: Melbourne City beat Sydney FC". ABC News. 31 January 2016.
  10. ^ "W-League grand final: Melbourne City first club to win two titles in a row". ABC News. 12 February 2017.
  11. ^ Jacob Windon (6 September 2018). "Don't miss a game How to watch every Westfield W-League 2018/19 match live". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  12. ^ "ESPN+ Acquires Broadcast Rights to Westfield W-League in the United States". August 10, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.

External links

  • Official website
  • W-League official website
  • Football Federation Australia official website
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