"Normal" has taken on a whole new meaning for New Zealand star Rebekah Stott, after undergoing tests which revealed Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
Teigan Collister and Hana Lowry both shone for their respective clubs, but it was off-field issues that once again blighted the W-League weekend.
Sydney FC stalwart Teresa Polias is in such good form that an Olympics call-up surely beckons. PLUS: Larissa Crummer's emotional return from injury.
Just when Sydney looked certain to become Premiers, Brisbane reminded everyone of their class. As always, it's brilliantly chaotic in the W-League.
Katrina Gorry has delivered exactly the kind of good-news story W-League fans have been craving, while the word "dynasty" feels right for Sydney FC.
Catherine Zimmerman was brilliant but, once again, it was off-field drama - the infamous "Tuba Guy" incident - that dominated the W-League weekend.
The Roar trounced Victory, but the main takeaway from the W-League weekend was simple: Football doesn't exist in a cultural or political vacuum.
Alex Chidiac's move to Atletico Madrid and back to Melbourne City is a cautionary tale for Matildas tempted by the allure of European football.
The W-League has spent years fostering a safe, inclusive atmosphere. So what needs to be said about those losers that marred the Melbourne Derby?
Melbourne City have signed Norwegian midfielder Noor Eckhoff as they attempt to turn around their stuttering start to the W-League season.
Lisa De Vanna and Katrina Gorry caught the eye this W-League weekend, but Melbourne City are struggling after a horror show vs. Victory.
Lisa De Vanna has played a starring role in Melbourne Victory's stunning 6-0 W-League derby win over crosstown rivals Melbourne City.
Canberra United are the early W-League frontrunners, but it's the performances of two Western Sydney starlets that caught the eye this weekend.
Michelle Heyman continued her scoring form with a goal in the 2-1 win over Melbourne City to send Canberra United top of the W-League.
The opening round of W-League action served up more than enough brand-new storylines, exciting characters and gasp-inducing moments.
Matildas goalkeeper Teagan Micah marked her W-League debut for Melbourne City with a clean sheet to deny Brisbane Roar in the season opener.
Ahead of the 2020-21 season, the leaders of each A- and W-League team sat down with ESPN to discuss the culture of Australia's top-flight clubs.
At the close of one of the women game's most challenging and most transformative years, ESPN previews the upcoming 2020-21 W-League season.
Melbourne City have bolstered their W-League title defence by signing Japan international Chinatsu Kira for the upcoming season.
The W-League season faces a hectic start with eight games to be played in as many days over the New Year period.
United States defender Samantha Johnson has come out of retirement to join W-League club Melbourne City.
Rebekah Stott is one of a number of Australia and New Zealand internationals to make the move to Europe recently.
Matildas veteran Lydia Williams and young gun Indiah-Paige Riley talk to ESPN about the growing number of players choosing Europe over Australia.
Part 3 of ESPN's Next Steps series assesses if the W-League's wisest option is to remain what it has been for a long time: a development league.
Part 2 of ESPN's series on the future of Australian women's football assesses possibility of the W-League becoming a standalone, competitive league.