CANBERRA UNITED...Reigning W-League champions
FOOTBALL Federation Australia today committed itself to the W-League for next season despite fears for its future.
Perth Glory owner Tony Sage has warned he may pull the plug on the WA women's team and the National Youth League side to cut his losses next season, despite that breaching his FFA licence.
Central Coast Mariners have already pulled out of the W-League and there were doubts over the Newcastle Jets women's team too.
Today though FFA leagues supremo Lyall Gorman said the W-League still had the full support of the governing body and was a vital part of the "unlimited potential" of the women's game in Australia.
“Football Federation Australia remains firmly committed to an elite pathway for women’s football in Australia and this includes the Westfield W-League,” he said.
“We are proud to run one of the few women’s leagues in the world that has a free-to-air broadcast partner and a blue-chip naming rights partner.
"Work on next season is well underway and the fundamental blocks are in place to build the already impressive brand profile of the Westfield W-League.
“On March 29 we have a planning day scheduled where some of the smartest minds in Australian football and business will be in attendance to discuss the strategy for women’s football.
“This is an exciting project because the potential is almost unlimited for women’s football in Australia."
He added: “The negative commentary in recent days is in stark contrast to our plans for the future of the women’s game. We see blue sky, not storm clouds.
"Anyone who understands Australian football would know the growth rates in women’s participation are one of our great success stories.
“FFA makes significant investment each year for the development of women’s football including funding for travel, match officials, special purpose grants to each club and the associated costs involved with the management and administration of the league.
"This investment will continue because it’s strategically important for the ongoing growth of the game.”