Canberra United is set to play a match in Queanbeyan this season as the release of the draw for season 11 of the W-league on Thursday afternoon (6 September) brought many surprises.
United will move one of their six home matches from their usual ground at McKellar park to Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan when they face Melbourne Victory in round 12 and for the first time ever, United fans will be able to watch all their side’s matches live.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced all 57 matches of the new W-League Season will be broadcast or streamed live on Fox Sports, SBS Viceland and the My Football Live app, which is 27 more matches than last season.
The 2018/19 season will also see the introduction of Thursday night football with Canberra set to play two Thursday night fixtures at McKellar Park in prime-time, broadcasted live on Fox Sports and live streamed on the My Football Live app.
The Thursday night fixtures are a first for the W-League and United head coach Heather Garriock praised FFA for their role in getting them off the ground.
“To now have Thursday night fixtures is exceptional and shows how far women’s football has come,” Garriock said.
“I’d like to say well done to FFA for setting these fixtures up and putting the W-League front and centre in a prime slot. For us to be able to promote women’s football as the priority is great.”
Garriock also said the move to play in Queanbeyan was an important step to embrace the entire football community and to show the surrounding region that a pathway is available.
“It’s really exciting for us to be taking a game to Seiffert Oval,” Garriock said. “Canberra United has a role to play for young women not just in Canberra but in the surrounding region, and this helps us to realise that.
“McKellar Park will always be our home, but it is important that we embrace all of the community here and we’re excited to play in front of both our loyal fans and fans from the Queanbeyan region.”
Canberra United Season
Round 1: Sunday, 28 October, Canberra United vs Melbourne City, FC at McKellar Park 4:00 pm kickoff
Round 2: Sunday, 4 November, Canberra United vs Perth Glory, McKellar Park 4:00 pm kickoff
Round 3: Saturday, 17 November, Newcastle Jets vs Canberra United, No.2 Sportsground 7:30 pm kickoff
Round 4: Thursday, 22 November, Adelaide United vs Canberra United, Coopers Stadium 7:30 pm
Round 5: Sunday, 2 December, Canberra United vs Sydney FC, McKellar Park 4:00 pm kickoff
Round 6: Friday, 7 December, Western Sydney Wanderers FC vs Canberra United, Spotless Stadium 5:20 pm kickoff
Round 7: BYE
Round 8: Saturday, 22 December, Melbourne City FC vs Canberra United, AAMI Park 5:00 pm kickoff
Round 9: Thursday, 27 December, Canberra United vs Brisbane Roar FC, McKellar Park 7:30 pm kickoff
Round 10: Thursday, 3 January, Perth Glory vs Canberra United, Dorrien Gardens 8:30 pm
Round 11: Sunday, 13 January, Canberra United vs Adelaide United, McKellar Park 4:00 pm kickoff
Round 12: Thursday, 17 January, Canberra United vs Melbourne Victory, Seiffert Oval 7:30 pm kickoff
Round 13: Friday, 25 January, Brisbane Roar FC vs Canberra United, Suncorp Stadium 5:20 pm kickoff
Round 14: BYE