• HISTORIC W-LEAGUE/A-LEAGUE SYDNEY DERBY DOUBLE-HEADER CONFIRMED FOR ANZ STADIUM

11 Sep 2017

  • The first ever Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League Sydney Derby double-header will be played at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 9 December;
  • This event will be one of 3 W-League/A-League double-headers the Western Sydney Wanderers will host at ANZ Stadium this season;
  • The historic W-League/A-League Sydney Derby double-header is expected to set new all-time crowd records for both the women’s and men’s competition.

Julian Keith

THE Western Sydney Wanderers will host three Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double-headers at ANZ Stadium in the 2017/18 season, including the first ever Sydney Derby double-header in the lead-up to Christmas.

FFA Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke, released the 10th edition of the Westfield W-League Season draw in Sydney today.

It was announced that 25 Westfield W-League/Hyundai A-League double-headers will be played this season, with the Wanderers’ W-League team sharing the billing with the A-League team on three of the biggest days of the season at ANZ Stadium.

The W-League/A-League double-headers will be played at ANZ Stadium on:

  • Saturday 9 December: Sydney Derby - Wanderers v Sydney FC;
  • Monday 1 January: New Year’s Day showdown – Wanderers v Melbourne City;
  • Friday 19 January: Wanderers v Melbourne Victory.

The full Hyundai A-League draw is here

The full Westfield W-League draw is here

The historic Sydney Derby double-header is tipped to smash the all-time A-League crowd. The current benchmark is the 61,880 fans who packed in to ANZ Stadium to see Wanderers v Sydney FC last October.

The Hyundai A-League competition kicks off on October 8-10. The Westfield W-League competition kicks off on 27-29 October.

Last year’s record Sydney Derby at ANZ Stadium opened the A-League season but its scheduling on Saturday 9 December in the lead-up to Christmas this season is expected to drive an even higher attendance – as is the scheduling of the historic W-League/A-League double-header.

The scheduling of the W-League game on the biggest Sydney Derby day of the year is further evidence that women’s football has arrived in Australia.

Australia’s national women’s team the Matildas are ranked 6th in the FIFA world rankings. FFA and the Australian Government have announced their intention to bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Almost 250,000 women and young girls participate in women’s football in Australia.

One of the rising stars of the W-League is the Wanderers’ 17-year-old goalkeeper Jada Whyman, a proud young indigenous player who hails from Wagga Wagga and is now completing her schooling at the famed Westfields Sports High School in Sydney’s west.

“It will be so cool to play in a Sydney Derby double-header in front of a massive crowd at ANZ Stadium. We can't wait. It will be a very exciting day for the W-League,” said Whyman. 

ANZ Stadium Members are entitled to attend all A-League and W-League matches at ANZ Stadium – and EVERY. SINGLE. GAME in all codes including NRL Grand Final, State of Origin, Bledisloe Cup and the Socceroos’ World Cup Qualifiers – as part of their Membership. ANZ Stadium Membership enquiries here.

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