Sydney FC W-League stars Remy Siemsen and Nat Tobin have expressed their excitement at today’s news from APL regarding a planned expansion of the league and more.
The APL has revealed three new teams are slated to join the competition ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, alongside a revamp of the league’s Finals Series with a Preliminary Final now introduced.
With the Wellington Phoenix, Western United and the Central Coast Mariners in line to be included in the competition, W-League Captain Nat Tobin heralded the announcement as a change in the right direction.
“I think it’s really exciting seeing the expansion of the W-League take place,” Tobin said.
“It has been something that has been talked about for a number of years now and to see it actioned in the lead up to the 2023 World Cup taking place in Australia is a step in the right direction.
“With the increase in teams I think all players within the league are hopeful of an increase in the duration of the competition which again, is another area of the league that has been a talking point for a few years.”
Star striker Remy Siemsen added that the expansion will also provide more opportunities for young players coming into the league.
“I am so excited that the W-League has finally expanded, it will give the league the importance it deserves and bring a greater focus on an international level,” she said.
“The new teams will also add opportunities for more girls to play football at an elite level in a competition that is becoming more and more competitive.
“The finals format will give teams more opportunity to showcase their talent in a competitive and exciting arena too,” she added.
Siemsen also said the move would be great for Members and fans, especially in the lead up to the 2023 World Cup, while Tobin also said the move would help the W-League rival established competitions such as the NWSL in America and European competitions.
“It gives fans more opportunities to see their favourite teams and players at their home stadiums,” Siemsen said.
“It’ll help grow awareness of the world game for females and aspiring players before the exciting event of the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held right here on our doorstep.”
“With the expansion we are hopeful that the depth and experience within the league continues to grow and rival the leagues in America and Europe as well,” Tobin added.
Sydney FC’s W-League squad is nearing completion ahead of scheduled season start date in November. Visit sydneyfc.com for more W-League news and updates.