23/04/2024

Last season's Sky Blues in action against Melbourne City. (Photo: Izhar Khan; Design: Will Cuckson)

In another season of long awaited expansion of the A-League Women, Sydney FC will aim to remain one of the top teams in the competition in 2022/23.

Last season:

First (11 wins, two draws, one loss)

After falling pain-stakingly short in extra time of the Grand Final in the 2020/21 season against the Melbourne Victory after winning the premiership, Sydney FC were looking to go one better in 2021/22.

Unfortunately for Ante Juric’s side, it was groundhog day as they fell short once again in the Grand Final at the same ground to the same opposition, losing for the fourth time in five straight grand finals.

Sydney FC will be looking to bounce back and do what they did in the 2018/19 season and win the championship.

Biggest in: 

The biggest in for the Sky Blues might be one who does not see a lot of game time, but one who brings a very dynamic style of play with goal scoring prowess in Abbey Lemon.

A disciplined midfielder who isn’t afraid to move with the ball at her feet, she can also create opportunities at the drop of a hat.

She was a stand out for a Blacktown Spartans side who were riddled with injuries and international call-ups during the NPL NSW Women’s season, playing in 14 of a possible 22 games.

Lemon will compliment her new side very nicely, bringing some international experience from the U20 Women’s World Cup. She joins a side that is stacked with players who either have international experience or are on the precipice of getting such experience.

Someone else who could be considered for biggest in was in last year’s squad, and that is Charlie Rule. She could very well find herself playing in the forward line for the Sky Blues this year as a striking option, a position she does have prior experience in.

Biggest out: 

The departure of Ally Green at left-back is going to be massive loss for the Sky Blues. As defenders often do, her performances went a little under the radar at times, but she was always a consistent contributor.

Sydney would be hoping for big things from her potential replacement, as they have swapped one A. Green for another, bringing in Anna Green.

Former Perth Glory player Deborah-Anne De la Harpe could also be an option at left back if needed to help the side deal with Ally Green’s absence.

What to expect:

With an extended A-League Women competition on the way for 2022/23 and the core of the squad and coaching staff back, the Sky Blues will look to go one better and claim that championship which has eluded them for three straight years.

Expect the side to dominate the competition in a similar manner to the last two seasons.

They’ll likely be potent scorers once again thanks to players like Cortnee Vine and Princess Ibini, while conceding very little at the other end.

The Sky Blues still boast a strong defensive group, with captain Natalie Tobin at the back and bright young goalkeeper Jada Whyman.

We expect Sydney to be right at the business end of the season once again, with another finals campaign likely on the horizon.

Starting XI:

The Inner Sanctum’s predicted starting XI for Sydney FC. (Design: Will Cuckson)

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