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Australian W-League forms plans to dovetail with American NWSL

Change is coming to the W-League as league chiefs consider a raft of reforms aimed at bolstering Australia's women's domestic competition and the national team.

The biggest impact for fans could be the missing stars -- led by Australian skipper and striker Sam Kerr -- who is likely to test her talents for Chelsea in England's Women's Super League.

Both head office and Perth Glory have privately given up hope of keeping Kerr for the W-League's 11th season.

"It looks unlikely that she'll return to...

Head of national performance Luke Casserly joins FFA exodus

Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.

The exodus of leading members of Australian football's governing body has widened with FFA head of national performance Luke Casserly to leave the position after six years in the role.

The FFA confirmed on Monday the 45-year-old would depart the organisation "in the coming weeks."

Casserly is the latest high-profile departure from FFA following head of women's football Emma Highwood's departure in July, while chief executive David Gallop has already announced he's leaving the role in December.

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Van Egmond switches Orlando Pride for Melbourne City

Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.
On the eve of her third World Cup, Sam Kerr has her eyes firmly set on glory, taking down the US and what success would mean for women's sport back home.

Emily van Egmond has joined Melbourne City for the upcoming W-League season.

The 26-year-old Matildas midfielder joins City on a one-year deal from American NWSL team Orlando Pride, having confirmed earlier this month that she would not be returning to hometown club Newcastle Jets.

"I'm very excited to begin my journey at Melbourne City. The club is extremely professional, second to none, and I'm just super excited to be here," Van Egmond said in a statement.

- Salisbury to be Matildas' first Hall...

Salisbury to be Matildas' first Hall of Famer

Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.

Former Australia captain and the country's most capped player, Cheryl Salisbury, will become the first female footballer to be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame next month.

Widely considered the pioneer of women's football in Australia, Salisbury will receive one of the highest laurels in sports in the country on Oct. 10 when she is inducted as an Athlete Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

The 45-year-old played 151 games for Australia -- the highest across genders -- and captained...

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Australia star Sam Kerr at home in NWSL, but for how long?

Matildas captain and star striker Sam Kerr sits down with ESPN to share her journey from Aussie rules to soccer and what coming home to Perth truly means.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A little more than two years before she cradled the World Cup trophy in the same stadium, Alex Morgan attempted a quieter exit in Lyon. Minutes after playing the second leg of a Champions League semifinal with Olympique Lyonnais, she walked through the mixed zone oblivious to the surrounding interviews in French. Her eyes were locked instead on a phone as she watched the beginning of her husband's MLS game several thousand miles away.

Family, friends and everything familiar were...