Adelaide United FC (W-League)
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Adelaide United FC W-League

Adelaide United Women
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Full nameAdelaide United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Reds, Lady Reds
Founded2008; 12 years ago (2008)
GroundMarden Sports Complex, Adelaide
ChairmanPiet van Der Pol
Head CoachIvan Karlovi?
2018-19W-League, 6th of 9
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Adelaide United Football Club is an Australian women's soccer team team based in Adelaide, South Australia. Founded in 2008, it is the affiliated women's team of Adelaide United. The team competes in the country's premier women's soccer competition, the W-League, under licence from Football Federation Australia.



Adelaide United's women's team was formed in 2008 with the inception of the W-League, becoming one of the founding eight teams.[1] The inaugural set up saw North Eastern MetroStars coach Michael Barnett take charge[2] with ex-Adelaide United player Richie Alagich take up the assistant coach role and Matildas stalwart Dianne Alagich named as captain.[3]


Adelaide's first game was on 25 October 2008 against Queensland Roar at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, which ended in a 4-1 loss with Sharon Black getting the consolation goal.[4] The first win came in Round 2 against the Newcastle Jets at Hindmarsh Stadium, a hard fought 3-2 win thanks to a hat-trick from Sandra Scalzi.[5] The Reds followed this up with another 3-2 win over Sydney FC before failing to win any of their next seven league games, finished last in the eight-team competition in their inaugural season.

After a disappointing inaugural season drastic changes were made to the playing staff including the retirement of experienced campaigners Sharon Black and Dianne Alagich to create a youthful team for the 2009 season.[6][7] Despite the new look squad Adelaide continued to struggle in the league failing to win any of the first 5 games which included a record equaling defeat against Sydney FC on 1 November 2009.[8] The first goal of the 2009 season was scored by Tenneille Boaler against Newcastle Jets in the round 6 clash at the Wanderers Oval the game ended in a 3 - 3 draw handing Adelaide its second point of the year.[9] The season didn't get any better for Adelaide as they failed to win a single game in the second season but thanks to an unlikely 2 all draw with power house team Brisbane Roar they finished the season in 7th place their best ever finish to date.[10] Most Valuable player for 2009 season Racheal Quigley.

The 2010-11 season was even worse for Reds as they lost all ten of their W-League matches. They only scored four goals and finished with a disappointing -32 goal differential; they tied their worst defeat with a -1 loss to Newcastle in round nine. Coach Michael Barnett was let go at the end of the disappointing season, and was replaced by David Edmondson.

Adelaide continued to struggle through most of the 2011-12 season as they opened the campaign with six more losses, scoring four goals during that time while letting twenty-one in. This was better pace than the previous season, though, and the Reds showed significant improvement in on-field play versus 2010-2011, cited as being "unlucky" to not come away with at least a point on multiple occasions. They finally snapped their winless and losing streaks, at 34 and 18 games respectively, with a 1-0 defeat of the Perth Glory in round eight, taking them off the bottom of the table for the first time since November 2009.[]

Following Adelaide United taking control of the women's team, their first move was signing Mark Jones as the head coach.[11]


Adelaide United WFC used to play their home games at Hindmarsh Stadium where they sometimes play a curtain-raiser to A-League games. As of the 2017/18 season, they play their home games at Marden Sports Complex. In the 2016/17 season, Hindmarsh Stadium was questioned about having portable change rooms for the women's team when there is a double header with the A-League side. This resulted in Adelaide WFC having no matches scheduled during the next season.[12][13]


First-team squad

As of 11 November 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Former players

For notable current and former players, see Category:Adelaide United FC (W-League) players.


Current technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach Australia Ivan Karlovi? [14]
Assistant Coach Australia Travis Dodd [15]
Goalkeeper Coach Australia TBA
Conditioning Coach Australia Damian Maynard

Australia Andrew Maynard

Doctor Australia James Ilic
Physiotherapist Australia Jason Collins
Team Manager Australia Roberto Muscio

Manager history

As of end of 2018-19 season
Name From To Games Won  Drawn Lost
Australia Michael Barnett 1 July 2008 30 June 2011 30 2 4 24
England David Edmondson 1 September 2011 4 February 2013 22 3 0 19
Australia Ross Aloisi 22 August 2013 30 June 2015 24 6 5 13
Australia Jamie Harnwell 1 July 2015 30 June 2016 12 3 4 5
Australia Mark Jones 7 September 2016 22 September 2016 0 0 0 0
Australia Hussein Skenderovic 5 October 2016 30 June 2017 12 3 5 4
Australia Ivan Karlovi? 1 July 2017 -- 24 8 4 12

Colours and badge

Since its inception Adelaide United has played in a predominantly all-red home kit. For the inaugural season the away kit consisted of a white top and socks and red shorts; during the 2009 season the away kit changed to a black top with red shorts and socks. The badge is heavily based on the Adelaide United men's team, with the logo being encased in a W-League shield; as is the case with every other W-League club.


For the 2018-19 season, all matches are scheduled to be broadcast on pay-TV network Fox Sports and the My Football app., with one match per week free-to-air on SBS.[16] In addition, ESPN+ will broadcast at least 17 W-League matches in the 2018-19 season.[17]


Season League/Division Teams League Play-offs Top scorers Head Coach
2008-09 W-League 8 8 - Australia Balomenos Australia Scalzi - 4 Australia Barnett
2009 W-League 8 7 - Australia Quigley - 5 Australia Barnett
2010-11 W-League 7 7 - Australia Gorry United States Gunning Australia Kuralay Australia Quigley - 1 Australia Barnett

Last updated 18 December 2011

See also


  1. ^ "Westfield W-League officially launched". A-League. 20 October 2008. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2009.
  2. ^ "MetroStars Coaches". MetroStars. 14 January 2009. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ "Former Matilda named as Reds' W-League Captain". Adelaide United. 10 September 2008. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ Forsaith, Rob (25 October 2008). "Roar fires early". A-League. Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 2009.
  5. ^ "Scalzi fires United home". A-League. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Lady Reds to take off against Jets in Westfield W-League". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  7. ^ "Di Alagich ends amazing career in football". Adelaide United. 30 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 March 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  8. ^ Ormond, Aiden (1 November 2009). "Sydney destroys Adelaide". A-League. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2009.
  9. ^ Hughes, Mark (7 November 2009). "Goals galore for Jets, Reds". A-League. Archived from the original on 7 November 2010. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ Guoth, Nick (5 December 2009). "Adelaide United Women go down to Canberra United". Adelaide United. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "Mark Jones to lead Adelaide United in 2016/17". The Women's Game. 7 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Adelaide-United'-W-League-side-has-taken-games-away-from-the-dog-track-to-the-eastern-suburbs". The Advertiser. Adelaide. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ "W-League: Reds come home". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. 30 October 2008. Retrieved 2009.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Reds re-sign Westfield Matilda Chidiac". 20 August 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ "Reds legend joins Westfield W-League coaching staff". Football Federation Australia. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ Windon, Jacob (6 September 2018). "Don't miss a game How to watch every Westfield W-League 2018/19 match live". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ "ESPN+ Acquires Broadcast Rights to Westfield W-League in the United States". 10 August 2018. Retrieved 2018.

External links

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