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2014 W-League draw released

Melbourne Victory celebrate their W-League title
Melbourne Victory celebrate their W-League title
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The 2014-15 W-League season draw has been released and for the first time will see the entire season condensed to one calendar year.

As a result it will be the first time two W-League Champions are crowned in one calendar year with the W-League Grand Final being played on Sunday 21st December.

The decision to have an early finish to the W-League season comes as a result of Australia hosting the AFC Asian Cup in January, and as a result of ground availability Football Federation Australia made the decision to conclude the season before Christmas.

Despite that decision, the season will not be condensed as there will still be a full 12 round season as the season will begin in September, much earlier than previous years.

The season will open on the 13th of September 2014 in Magic Park, Broadmeadow as Newcastle Jets welcome the defending champions, Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon.

The first Sydney derby will take place in the third round as Western Sydney host Sydney FC at Marconi Stadium on the 27th of September.

The first A-League, W-League double-header will take place on the 12th of October as Brisbane Roar play Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium as a curtain raiser to Brisbane’s A-League match. Brisbane Roar will be playing most of their matches at Suncorp Stadium, proving as warm-up matches for the A-League and should ensure a crowd.

The Grand Final replay will take place in Round Six as Brisbane Roar host Melbourne Victory on the 19th of October at Perry Park.

Melbourne’s return leg of the Grand Final replay will be in Round 10 as they host Brisbane on the 16th of November at South Melbourne’s Lakeside Stadium, the penultimate round of the season, which could well make it a crucial match of the season.

Western Sydney Wanderers will host the last match of the season, again as an A-League curtain raiser as they return the favor to Brisbane Roar on the 7th of December.

The top four teams will advance to the finals with the team top of the table hosting fourth and second hosting third on the 13th and 14th of December before the winners advance to the final on the 21st.