Expert: Time not right for W-League expansion

Expert: Time not right for W-League expansion

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Women’s football expert Cheryl Downes believes Football Federation Australia (FFA)’s decision to delay Central Coast Mariners’ entry into the W-League is the correct decision.

The Mariners had been plotting to introduce a W-League team ready for the 2017-18 season, but FFA knocked the move on the head on Thursday.

The competition will remain as a nine-team league, though FFA said it would reconsider the Mariners’ bid for the 2018-19 season.

Speaking on Friday’s Daily Football Show, The Women’s Game commentator Downes declared there were bigger issues at stake, such as expanding the league beyond 14 matchdays.

“I actually think it’s a good thing to keep the number of teams to where it is at the moment,” she said.

“I know that FFA have been working together with the PFA as well just to look at the way the W-League is set up, but the No.1 thing on the agenda that I can see is we need to have a full home and away season.

“If you look at it the way it is structured at the moment, bringing on another team just probably leaves to some more imbalance around who might play who in the rounds.

“It’s a good decision I think. I also think it’s great that there’s been plenty of competitions for the clubs around just to get a team into the W-League.

“This is the sort of thing that we want and we also want to see that the clubs out there that already have licences, they do a really good job with the teams that we have so far and they probably haven’t hit the right level yet in terms of the quality or their real focus on it.

“There’s a little way to go.”

LISTEN to the FULL chat with Cheryl Downes and plenty more on Friday’s Daily Football Show HERE

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