The show goes on for women’s soccer in Australia
Missing football? Australian soccer continues amid Coronavirus outbreak.
The Australian Westfield W-League The Australian Westfield W-League reached its dramatic finale this weekend (21-22 March 2020) as Melbourne City beat Sydney FC 1-0 in the Grand Final.
The league’s official website had published a list to tell fans outside of Australia where they could enjoy watching the Westfield W-League Grand Final.
There have been fourteen rounds and two Semi-Final matches leading up to the main event, the battle to be crowned the Westfield W-League Champions for the 2019/20 Season.
The finalists Melbourne City and Sydney FC had won a record three titles in the league’s history, so this weekend saw Melbourne City FC become the first team to lift the trophy for a fourth time!
Melbourne City FC Women capped a dominant 2019/20 season remaining undefeated with a hard-fought win against last year’s Champions. Steph Catley scored the only goal of the game as her shot was fumbled into the own net by Sky Blue’s keeper Aubrey Bledsoe.
Despite the continuation of the women’s football league, other soccer events in Australia have been affected by COVID-19, with the Football Federation Australia (FFA) announcing on Wednesday, 18 March 2020 that its nine State and Territory Member Federations and assessment of developments today, sanctioned grassroots football competitions and associated training for the next four weeks. You can take a look at Australia betting sites to get an insight into what other sporting action is still in progress.
On an international level Australia Westfield Matildas recently booked their place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games; their fourth Olympic women’s football tournament to date. At the time of writing, the Olympic Games is still set to go ahead, starting on 24 July and running through to 9 August.
The Matildas were undefeated in their qualifying campaign which spanned five matches to seal a ticket at the main event this year, having missed out in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Australia earned a convincing 7-1 aggregate triumph over Vietnam in the AFC play-off.
Australia’s confirmed opponents so far at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games include the hosts Japan, as well as Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, USA and Zambia.
There are still places up for grabs though as Cameroon will contest a two-legged intercontinental play-off match against Chile, who were runners-up in CONMEBOL’s qualifying tournament.
This play-off match has been postponed and is set to be rescheduled in due course.
Korea Republic and China PR are also still in with a chance of qualifying for the women’s football tournament at the Olympic Games. They will go head to head in a two-legged play-off match on 4 and 9 June.
Can Australia Westfiled Matildas beat their best ever finish at an Olympic Women’s football tournament by progressing beyond the quarter finals for the first time in their history.
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