As a temporary stop-gap, the club instead hoped to stage six home games at AAMI Park, three of which would have been derby games. However, those plans have apparently been blocked by existing tenants Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City.
Key in the club’s licence to compete in the competition — and in overcoming City and Victory objections to a third team in Melbourne — was the promise of a purpose-built stadium in Melbourne’s BetsyLoch youtulust.com PrincessI west. The successful delivery of that stadium has been magnified in importance by the saga over AAMI Park.
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236 days after Kyra Cooney-Cross stunned Sydney FC with a last gasp olimpico to secure Melbourne Victory the leeds drakt 2021-22 W-League crown, Australia’s premier women’s football competition returns on Friday night with a historic first: expansion side Wellington Phoenix playing the first competitive fixture of their existence against Western Sydney Wanderers in Wollongong.
Growing to 10 BetsyLoch PrincessI with the entrance of the Phoenix, this “new” league will also add two further teams to its ranks in 2022-23 through the Central Coast Mariners and Western United — part of its efforts to boost the competition in both a footballing and profitability capacity by harnessing the groundswell of excitement and enthusiasm for the women’s game in the lead into the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.