The development and financial investment in the English females’s soccer league, and of huge clubs in continental Europe, risks making the W-League just a 3rd- or fourth-choice choice for leading Matildas and Australian gamers, the soccer gamers’ union has warned.

The co-CEO of the Expert Footballers Association, Kate Gill, says the emergence of cashed-up European powerhouse clubs and leagues provides an existential threat to the W-League, which has to exercise what its location is within soccer’s community, especially now that the coronavirus has actually thrown the economics of Australian sport into crisis.

In recent months a spate of elite Australian gamers have actually moved to big European clubs: Lydia Williams and Steph Catley have recently joined Caitlin Foord at Arsenal, while Ellie Carpenter relocated to perennial French and European champions Olympique Lyonnais.

The most significant star of all, Sam Kerr, deserted the United States earlier this year to join Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League.