The W-League, Australia’s women’s professional soccer, will be having its’ two semi-final games this first weekend in February. The season is compact, starting in November and then quickly moving to the final in February.
This women’s league represents one out of about 20 women’s professional soccer leagues throughout the world. Most of the leagues are from countries one would expect. Some of the countries that have women’s leagues are German, England, France, and Italy. These are all countries with long and proud soccer history.
However, one of the things that makes the W-League interesting for American fans is that many NWSL players transfer there in the off season. This allows the players to continue training, competing and gaining experience for their clubs back in the states. Not to mention make some money since it’s nearly impossible to make a living off the salaries.
The four teams that will be in the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday are; Perth Glory, Sydney FC, Canberra United and Melbourne FC. Sham Khamis is the only goalkeeper that appears to have a connection with the NWSL. She has played for Sky Blue. She is definitely one of the goalkeepers to watch.
Looking at the W-League website there is no indication who the starting keepers are or have been. Regardless of who earns the right to be in the starting 11 any goalkeeper at this level is fun to watch. So enjoy your weekend by watching top level keepers at work.