EXCLUSIVE: PFA to announce new W-League model

Professional Footballers Australia are set to release their model for a revamped W-League that the organisation believes could revolutionise the women’s game in Australia.

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W-League players at the launch of the 2016/17 season Source: Getty Images

The PFA are expected to make the announcement of their vision for the W-League at a press conference on Tuesday.

The ambitious plan by the players' union is expected to outline how the sport can develop a professional pathway for female footballers in Australia and help push the Matildas to further international success.

W-League reform has been mooted for some time with Football Federation Australia's much-publicised W-League "working party" formed last year.

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There has yet to be any movement on that front and with the FFA currently grappling with governance issues any W-League reforms will be put on the back burner.

In a statement last Thursday, FFA chief executive David Gallop said the governing body was committed to developing new A-League and W-League models with input from clubs, but warned the process would not be quick or simple.

"There are many forms that the model could take, but whatever is ultimately adopted must take into consideration the funding requirements of all levels of the game," Gallop said.

"The process to a new model for the A-League and W-League cannot be achieved in a single meeting. Months of detailed work will be necessary and we look forward to doing this with the clubs."




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Published 20 February 2017 at 2:02pm
By Vitor Sobral