After seven years of a joint venture relationship with Football Federation Victoria, Melbourne Victory Football Club is pleased to announce it will assume all management responsibilities of its Westfield W-League team operations for the upcoming 2015/16 season.
In making the announcement, Melbourne Victory CEO Ian Robson said the integration of the W-League team into the club's whole-of-football environment was a positive step forward.
"The prominence of women's football is growing all the time and we are thrilled to be able to bring the team under our care and help to further enhance the profile of the Melbourne Victory players and women's football in general," Robson said.
"Given our commitment to the development of players within our elite football program at all levels, we believe the decision to manage the W-League team operation is a pivotal one for the club.
"It is also wonderful to welcome Dave Edmondson back as head coach. Dave was at the helm for the successful W-League Championship campaign in 2013/14 and, in conjunction with Dave, we look forward to announcing our 2015/16 squad shortly.
"I would like to express our sincere thanks to Football Federation Victoria for our working relationship, the manner in which they have managed the team operations and also grown the identity of Melbourne Victory's W-League team since 2008."
Melbourne Victory's W-League team played in two consecutive Grand Finals in 2013 and 2014, winning the club's only Championship in 2014 after defeating Brisbane Roar at Lakeside Stadium.
The club will announce the Melbourne Victory W-League squad on Monday, October 5.