In a massive boost for the Newcastle Jets and the W-League, every game of the 2018/19 season will be televised live on Fox Sports, SBS and the My Football Live app, as well as broadcasting rights being sold to the United States and United Kingdom.
That’s not the only positive that’s emerged from the competition’s official draw announcement – there’s also been a 16 per cent bump of the salary cap, up to $350,000 for each W-League club.
That means players in the league are set to receive approximately $17,500 for the 16 week competition, with a floor commitment of $12,287 also installed in the new league-wide cap.
These moves have been made with a desire to make the W-League “the football league of choice” when it comes to following female footballers around the globe, FFA’s Head of Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, Greg O’Rourke said, and hopes the boost to the competition can create a perfect lead-in to the upcoming Women’s World Cup.
“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in France next year, all players, Australian and International, will be looking to impress in the lead up to the tournament,” O’Rourke said. “Our expectations are that the on-field quality will continue to deliver thrilling moments for the fans.”
“I am confident that this season of the Westfield W-League is set to be one of the best.”
For Newcastle, the season will take a week longer to return, as the Jets have drawn the opening round bye to start their campaign.
After the first week off, the ladies in red and blue are set to joining south to face off against Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium on Thursday, November 1.
Their staggered start to the 2018/19 trail then continues with an international break – the first of four being implemented into the W-League season from this year – before they play their first home fixture at No.2 Sportsground against Canberra United on Saturday, November 17.
While the league is also looking to package more double headers into the draw to combine the A-League and W-League success, the Jets have taken a step away from dual-matches at McDonald Jones Stadium, with only two games to be played at Newcastle’s biggest sporting arena.
The first will come in round 6 against Melbourne City on Sunday, December 9, and then again three weeks later when they face Adelaide United on Sunday, December 30.
Newcastle will also have a chance at revenge against their grand final rivals Sydney FC just once in the 2018/19 season, as they come face to face in a travelling fixture in Wollongong on Friday, January 4. The match will be played at Jubilee Stadium.
Full fixture list for the 2018/19 W-League season available online here.