The Westfield W-League has officially kicked off in Australia for its tenth season on Friday with big wins from Perth Glory Women and Brisbane Roar FC, and featured goals from Sam Kerr and Emily Sonnett, plus a brace from the Orlando Pride’s Rachel Hill.
— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) October 27, 2017
And while even the W-League acknowledges the “Kerr Effect” and boost from the popularity of the Matildas after increased international success and sell-out games on home soil, long-time NWSL fans will know that the W-League’s schedule has always made it an offseason favorite for American players.
Every W-League club has at least one NWSL player on its roster, giving NWSL fans plenty of reasons to follow every match.About the W-League
The Westfield W-League has nine clubs: Adelaide United, Brisbane Roar, Canberra United, Melbourne City, Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, Sydney FC and the Western Sydney Wanderers. The regular season lasts 14 rounds, followed by a postseason culminating in a grand final match.
Melbourne City has won the last two grand finals, and five Seattle Reign FC players are returning to City to defend their title, including Jess Fishlock and Lydia Williams.NWSL Players in the W-League
Nine of the 10 clubs in the NWSL are represented on W-League rosters during the offseason. Seattle leads the way with eight players heading to Australia, Portland Thorns FC has five players, and the Chicago Red Stars and Orlando Pride each have four on various W-League clubs.
Here’s the full list of every NWSL player on a W-League roster that’s been announced, by NWSL team.
Chicago Red Stars:
— Chicago Red Stars (@chicagoredstars) October 27, 2017
FC Kansas City:
North Carolina Courage:
Portland Thorns FC:
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) October 24, 2017
Seattle Reign FC:
Lauren Barnes | Melbourne City
Larissa Crummer | Melbourne City
Jessica Fishlock | Melbourne City
Haley Kopmeyer | Canberra United
Kristen McNabb | Melbourne Victory
Carson Pickett | Brisbane Roar
Rebekah Stott | Melbourne City
Lydia Williams | Melbourne City
Sky Blue FC:
— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) October 24, 2017
Tori Huster | Newcastle JetsHow to watch
There are two more games on deck for Saturday, between Melbourne Victory and Canberra United, and Newcastle Jets and Western City Wanderers before the first week of the regular season comes to a close. (Note: The W-League website also does international viewers a solid by allowing people to display match times in their own time zone.)
Fans in the U.S. and other countries outside of Australia can stream using OZ Live Sports, a new pay-per-view platform. Fans can either purchase individual game streams for $2.99 each, or subscribe to the platform on a monthly basis for $4.99 per month.