13/08/2022
Sydney FC hasn't yet missed finals in the history of the A-League Women competition. Will this be the year they do, or will the Sky Blues bounce back from last year's grand final loss?

Last Season: 1st (runner-up)

Sydney FC finished in first place during the regular season after starting the season undefeated through their first six games, with a heart-breaking loss to Brisbane Roar on Valentine’s Day ending their hopes of an undefeated season.

The Sky Blues also fell just short of the Championship in an epic grand final against Melbourne Victory which took a last minute extra time goal to decide the result.

Biggest in:

The biggest in for Sydney FC is Chilean international María José Rojas.

Having spent last season at Adelaide United, as well as a stint at Canberra United in 2018, Rojas has prior A-League Women experience, as well as plenty of club football experience from all around the world.

She’s played club football in Chile, the USA, Germany, Lithuania, Japan, and the Czech Republic, a true globe trotter.

With great pace, a good first touch, as well as scoring ability, expect Rojas to feature heavily in the Sky Blues campaign as they drive toward another A-League Women’s title.

Rojas most recently featured in the NPL South Australia competition with Salisbury Inter, where she scored 27 goals across 21 matches. This included two hat tricks and five braces.

A solid mention here also goes to Natalie Tobin who had signed with Perth Glory, but after the planned move did not work out, she re-signed with Sydney FC and was later announced the new captain of the Sky Blues.

Biggest out:

The biggest departure which leaves a massive hole in the middle of the park is the loss of long-time Sky Blues captain, Teresa Polias.

Polias, who made 108 appearances for Sydney FC between 2010 and 2021, has taken a break from football in order to concentrate on starting a family.

Expect players like Mackenzie Hawkesby, Rachel Lowe, and Taylor Ray to take their games to another level to replace what Polias brought to the team.

More A-League Women Season Previews:

2021/22 A-League Women Season Preview: Newcastle Jets fueling up for better-placed season

2021/22 A-League Women Season Preview: Wellington Phoenix are the new kids in the comp

2021/22 A-League Women Season Preview: Perth Glory reinforced and ready

What to expect:

Sydney FC has never missed the finals in the history of the competition, and in keeping most of the same squad as last season, expect the Sky Blues to continue that streak.

They have the ability to finish top of the table again, and a strong start with games against the Newcastle Jets, the Western Sydney Wanderers (twice), and the debuting Wellington Phoenix (twice).

The fixture before the start of 2022 could very well see Sydney have an undefeated start to the season in consecutive years as it aims to exercise the demons from last season.

Predicted XI:

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