Fox Sports commentator and General Manager of women’s football Sarah Walsh believes the WNPL is the “backbone of women’s football” and must be strengthened nationwide.
Walsh praised the WNPL’s progress and its ability to act as a pathway for players into the W-League, but says the standard of both leagues must improve for the game to progress.
“If we want to raise the standard of the W-League we have to raise the standard of the WNPL across all states,” Walsh said.
Walsh also praised how players and other stakeholders in women’s football have “walk[ed] the talk” this season in improving the standard.
Walsh told Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra this morning one of the FFA’s priorities will be ensuring every state has a WNPL competition a act as pathway into the W-League.
In addition, Walsh said for the league to be recognised as World Class the season must be prolonged despite some players preferring a shorter season.
“Do we want to be a World Class league or a second-tier league to provide homes for players?” Walsh said.
Football Extra airs daily from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here