MELBOURNE : Australia has unified its men's and women's top flight soccer competitions under the 'A-League' brand in a move intended to boost the profile and reach of women's football.
The W-League has been re-branded 'A-League Women', with the men's competition tweaked to 'A-League Men'.
The leagues would also move to unifie social media channels over coming months and share a website, officials said.
"It's not men's football, or women's football, it's just football," A-Leagues managing director Danny Townsend said in a statement.
"We’re committed to growing the game in Australia - for everyone."
Australia's top junior competition, the Y-League, will also be rebranded "A-League Youth".
A-League Men's 2021/22 season starts on Nov. 19, while the women's league starts on Dec. 3.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)