Women’s sport is returning to Australia! Netball starts in August, basketball in November, the rugby league and your summer of cricket will start in September. Rugby union are working on a plan and football is also expected to return in October.
Women’s leagues around the world are also returning, the NWSL in the United States will be the first professional American sport to return.
[Updated 24 June 2020]
Netball: Super Netball
- Season start: Saturday 1 August 2020
- Season length: Full season of 60 games
- Fixtures: TBC
“Our guiding principles throughout this process have never changed, those being the health and wellbeing of the community alongside the financial viability of our sport.” – Chris Symington, Super Netball CEO
- Season start: Friday 20 November 2020
- Season length: 21 regular-season games per team plus finals series
- Fixtures: TBC
“To enable the league and clubs to operate their businesses accordingly and to give fans and broadcasters clarity over the new season, we are prepared to start the 2020-21 Chemist Warehouse WNBL season without fans should current COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings remain in place.
“Should restrictions ease over the coming months, we will adapt accordingly with the view to our passionate members and fans being able to attend games when it’s safe and viable to do so.” – Lauren Jackson, Basketball Australia Head of Women in Basketball
Women’s T20 Series v New Zealand
- First T20: Sunday 27 September 2020, North Sydney Oval
- Second T20: Tuesday 29 September 2020, North Sydney Oval
- Third T20: Thursday 1 October 2020, North Sydney Oval
Women’s ODI Series v New Zealand
- First ODI: Monday 5 October 2020, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
- Second ODI: Wednesday 7 October 2020, Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns
- Third ODI: Saturday 10 October 2020, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Women’s ODI Series v India
- First ODI: Friday 22 January 2021, Manuka Oval, Canberra
- Second ODI: Monday 25 January 2021, Junction Oval, Melbourne
- Third ODI: Thursday 28 January 2021, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Rugby union: Super W | Uni 7s | Internationals
“There’s quite a lot to work through to make sure women’s rugby, and the progress we’ve made in particular over the past five years, can continue” – Jilly Collins, General Manager of Women’s Rugby.
The Aussie 7s squad is back to training. Many of the national XVs players should be getting back to club rugby next month and there’s a slim possibility for a Wallaroos call-up before the end of the year.
Rugby Australia is undertaking a review this month with players, coaches and stakeholders involved in the women’s game, and having discussions around what a schedule would need to look like over the coming 12 to 15 months.
Women’s Rugby Looks to a Post-Covid Plan – Jill Scanlon for Siren
The Super W finals, scheduled for March and then postponed until May, have been cancelled.
This year’s four-leg Uni 7s Series has been cancelled in its planned format, with the review to look at state-based options and potential alternative formats that could replace it between October and December.
The Sevens World Series has been put on hold with hopes it can resume in October in Hong Kong.
This year’s Wallaroos Tests, two against New Zealand and one against Canada, are likely to be cancelled.
Rugby league: NRLW
The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has approved the continuation of the women’s elite competition (NRLW) for the 2020 season, commencing in September.
The NRLW will remain a four team competition in 2020 with the Grand Final to be played on the same day as the NRL Grand Final on Sunday October 25.
Rugby league: State of Origin
A stand-alone Women’s State of Origin match is planned for Friday 13 November 2020.
Melbourne Stars general manager Nick Cummins we can expect to have a “better understanding” of what the next WBBL season would look like in the coming months.
Cricket Australia had been considering reducing the season length as part of cost-cutting measures but that now appears unlikely.
“FFA’s intent remains for the W-League 2020-21 season to return in and around its usual season window (October),” an FFA spokesperson said on 6 June.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our competition design planning and finalisation timelines for the 2020-21 season and we are not in a position to confirm any further details at the moment. However, we absolutely remain committed to continuing to professionalise, grow and showcase the women’s game in Australia and the W-League remains a key element in that commitment.”
On the 29th June, the ABC reported the W-League will start the 2020/21 season in December and finish in July. Which sounds less like fact and more like a journalist lumping it in with the A-League. The W-League runs for 3 months, not 6.
So, we don’t know for sure. There hasn’t been an on the W-League website since March.
Aussie rules: AFLW
The 2021 season should commence in February, with a nine-week home and away season, before a three-week finals series.
Ice hockey: AWIHL
The AWIHL hopes to return in October as usual.
International women’s sport
Of the seven major women’s leagues in Europe, just three — Sweden, Norway and Germany — have returned or will return to action, while competitions in England, Spain, France and Italy have been cancelled altogether. Via Samantha Lewis for the ABC.
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