A-League Women fixture announced

Melbourne Victory’s Liberty A-League Women title defence will commence on November 19 against Western United, with the season fixture unveiled this morning.

AAMI Park double-headers for U-Nite Multicultural Round and Pride Cup headline an exciting season for the back-to-back defending Champions.

Saturday, November 19Western UnitedMelbourne Victory 3:00PMCity Vista Recreation Reserve
Saturday, 26 November 2022Sydney FCMelbourne Victory 3:00PMTBC
Sunday, 4 December 2022Melbourne VictoryWellington Phoenix 4:00PMTBC
Sunday, 11 December 2022Perth GloryMelbourne Victory7:00pmMacedonia Park
Sunday, 18 December 2022Melbourne VictoryNewcastle Jets 4:00PMTBC
Saturday, 31 December 2022Melbourne VictoryCanberra United 3:00pmCB Smith Reserve
Friday, 6 January 2023Melbourne VictoryPerth Glory 3:00PMAAMI Park
Saturday, 14 January 2023Melbourne CityMelbourne Victory 3:00PMCasey Fields
Wednesday, 18 January 2023Western Sydney Wanderers Melbourne Victory 6:00PMWanderers Football Park
Saturday, 21 January 2023Adelaide UnitedMelbourne Victory 4:00PMServiceFM Stadium
Thursday, 26 January 2023Melbourne VictorySydney FC 4:10PMAAMI Park
Saturday, 4 February 2023Melbourne VictoryWestern Sydney Wanderers 3:00pmCB Smith Reserve
Saturday, 11 February 2023Brisbane RoarMelbourne Victory 3:00pmPerry Park
Sunday, 26 February 2023Melbourne VictoryAdelaide United 5:35pmAAMI Park
Monday, 13 March 2023Melbourne VictoryMelbourne City 3:25PMAAMI Park
Saturday, 18 March 2023Canberra UnitedMelbourne Victory 3:00PMMcKellar Park
Sunday, 26 March 2023Melbourne VictoryBrisbane Roar 4:00PMCB Smith Reserve
Saturday, April 1 2023Wellington PhoenixMelbourne Victory10:25amSky Stadium

A slew of measures to drive engagement with an expanded competition have been unveiled by the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), building on feedback from fans and players in the lead-up to the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The fixture schedule for the competition has been released, featuring the majority of games at family-friendly kick off times and many based at boutique venues in a deliberate effort to build atmosphere.

For the first time ever, all registered junior players across the country, boys and girls, will be welcome for free at Liberty A-League games* – offering young fans the chance to see current and future Matildas every week as excitement grows ahead of the World Cup.

After consulting with fans and players in the off-season, APL has moved to consolidate kick-off times to make games as accessible to families as possible.

The APL is also announcing its investment in an innovative broadcast format designed to give fans a compelling live experience every week.

As well as showing every game of the Liberty A-League live and free on 10 Play and on Paramount+, the Saturday afternoon games will feature in a new ‘goal rush’-style show, switching from game to game as the action unfolds and with the host and experts having a two-way live conversation with the audience during the simultaneous games.

Australian Professional Leagues’ Chief Executive Officer, Danny Townsend said: “87,000 fans watched the UEFA Women’s Final in July and the English FA Women’s Super League Clubs immediately reported memberships going through the roof. In the year that the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, we are orienting our business to capitalise upon that opportunity and ensure a lasting legacy for women’s football.

“This year, we have every single Liberty A-League Women game available live and free for the first time ever, and free access for every participant under season to watch the games in person. We know how our fans are consuming sport and we are better serving that growing audience of young, digitally connected fans.”

Commenting on the Liberty Pass, Liberty’s Chief Executive Officer James Boyle, said: “We’re looking forward to another electric season of Liberty A-League and are delighted to be introducing the Liberty Pass to young football fans, keen to experience the passion and quality of women’s professional football. The Liberty Pass will make football even more accessible, allowing freethinking families to enjoy an exciting live sporting experience at games throughout the season.”

The drive to reimagine the experience for both fans at the games and viewers comes as Western United joins as the competition’s 11th team, adding more games for fans and more match minutes for players.

APL has previously announced that Central Coast Mariners will join the competition next season, taking it to 12 teams with a full home and away fixture list – providing players with the same match minutes as the benchmark women’s leagues in Europe.

The players will also enter the second season of a five-year collective bargaining agreement (CBA) which mandates the same standards for men and women across areas such as hotels, sports science and training facilities, as part of APL’s sustained and extensive investment in growing women’s football.