The Westfield-W League is almost underway in Australia for its 11th season. Over thirty-five NWSL players across all nine NWSL teams have been announced by W-League teams to be playing in Australia this offseason. A few of those player loans are still pending NWSL approval, and those are noted in the full list at the bottom of this post.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Sydney FC will kick the season off, followed by a full weekend of games in Round 1. The regular season includes 14 rounds, followed by the postseason’s semifinals and Grand Final match in February 2019.
Utah Royals FC defender Sydney Miramontez, midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta and Seattle Reign FC midfielder Elizabeth Addo will represent the Western Sydney Wanderers in the opening game. Sydney FC has Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, Houston Dash midfielder Sofia Huerta, Orlando Pride defender Alanna Kennedy and Thorns FC forward Caitlin Foord. On Thursday, Sydney FC released their roster for the game, and it also includes Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico. Sky Blue FC also announced on Thursday that Savannah McCaskill will be joining Sydney FC on loan.
As opening weekend continues, Chicago Red Stars forward Yuki Nagasato, Houston Dash defender Clare Polkinghorne, Orlando Pride defender Carson Pickett and forward Chioma Ubogagu, as well as Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso and midfielder Celeste Boureille, will be part of the Brisbane Roar as they face Perth Glory on Saturday night (ET). The Chicago Red Stars have four players on the Perth Glory roster; forward Sam Kerr, defender Katie Naughton, midfielder Alyssa Mautz and midfielder Nikki Stanton. Also playing for Perth Glory this season is Orlando Pride’s Rachel Hill.
The W-League’s first weekend — Round 1 — closes with two games early Sunday morning (ET). First up, Canberra United vs. Melbourne City, followed by Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United. The full W-League schedule can be found here — and fans can convert the schedule into their own time zone.
Portland Thorns defender Ellie Carpenter, Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie and North Carolina Courage midfielder Denise O’Sullivan will play for Canberra United this season. For Melbourne City, seven Seattle Reign FC players are on the roster: defenders Steph Catley, Lauren Barnes and Theresa Nielsen, midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight, forwards Jodie Taylor and Jasmyne Spencer, and goalkeeper Lydia Williams. Houston Dash midfielder Kyah Simon will also suit up for them this season. On Thursday, Sky Blue FC announced that Rebekah Stott has signed a one season contract with Melbourne City FC.
Orlando Pride midfielders Christine Nairn and Dani Weatherholt will play for Melbourne Victory along with Utah Royals FC defender Samantha Johnson, and representing Adelaide United are Utah Royals FC midfielder Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir and Houston Dash defender Amber Brooks and forward Veronica Latsko.
The Newcastle Jets have a bye in the first week and include Utah Royals FC forward Katie Stengel, Orlando Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond, Washington Spirit defender Taylor Smith and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom.
— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) October 4, 2018
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 includes 14 rounds, followed by the postseason’s semifinals and Grand Final match in February 2019.
Melbourne City has won the last three Grand Finals. Last year, Sam Kerr won her second-straight Golden Boot. She and Clare Polkinghorne both won the Julie Dolan Medal, awarded to the league’s most valuable player.
Seventeen W-League games will broadcast on ESPN+ this year, ESPN’s subscription service. More info can be found here and here. Additional info on how fans in Australia can watch the W-League can be found here.
— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) October 5, 2018
NWSL Players in the W-League
Below is a list of every NWSL player who has been announced by W-League teams to be joining their squads this season. Players whose loans are still pending NWSL approval are noted with an asterisk.
As more players are announced, this list will be updated.
Chicago Red Stars
Danielle Colaprico | Sydney FC *
Sam Kerr | Perth Glory
Alyssa Mautz | Perth Glory *
Yuki Nagasato | Brisbane Roar *
Katie Naughton | Perth Glory
Nikki Stanton | Perth Glory
Amber Brooks | Adelaide United
Sofia Huerta | Sydney FC
Veronica Latsko| Adelaide United
Clare Polkinghorne | Brisbane Roar
Kyah Simon | Melbourne City
North Carolina Courage
Denise O’Sullivan | Canberra United
Rachel Hill | Perth Glory
Alanna Kennedy | Sydney FC
Christine Nairn | Melbourne Victory
Carson Pickett | Brisbane Roar FC
Chioma Ubogagu | Brisbane Roar FC
Emily van Egmond | Newcastle Jets FC
Dani Weatherholt | Melbourne Victory
Portland Thorns FC
Celeste Boureille | Brisbane Roar FC
Ellie Carpenter | Canberra United
Britt Eckerstrom | Newcastle Jets
Caitlin Foord | Sydney FC
Hayley Raso | Brisbane Roar
Seattle Reign FC
Elizabeth Addo | Western Sydney Wanderers
Lauren Barnes | Melbourne City FC
Steph Catley | Melbourne City FC
Elise Kellond-Knight | Melbourne City FC
Theresa Nielsen | Melbourne City FC
Jasmyne Spencer | Melbourne City FC
Jodie Taylor | Melbourne City FC
Lydia Williams | Melbourne City FC
Sky Blue FC
Savannah McCaskill | Sydney FC
Rebekah Stott | Melbourne City FC
Utah Royals FC
Rachel Corsie | Canberra United
Samantha Johnson | Melbourne Victory
Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir | Adelaide United
Lo’eau LaBonta | Western Sydney Wanderers
Sydney Miramontez | Western Sydney Wanderers
Katie Stengel | Newcastle Jets
Aubrey Bledsoe | Sydney FC
Taylor Smith | Newcastle Jets
* = Pending NWSL approval