Australian Footballer Sam Kerr Says Quality Of W-League Almost Level With NWSL
Matildas striker Sam Kerr said that the standard of Australia's W-League is "close to drawing level" with the National Women's Soccer League, according to Scott Bailey of the AAP. Kerr last week added to last season's W-League MVP award by "claiming its U.S. equivalent," after she "shot to the top" of the NWSL's all-time goal-scoring lists with Sky Blue FC this season. Kerr on Friday "returned home to help kick off" the 10th W-League season for Perth in a grand final rematch against defending champions Melbourne City. Kerr said of the W-League, "The only difference is that everyone is full-time professional in the (U.S.) national league which obviously gives the quality a bit of a boost. But I think the quality here is right there." The W-League "inched closer" to professionalism this year with its first CBA for players, "ensuring minimum season payments" of A$10,000 ($7,800) (AAP, 10/23).