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Australian Women's Sport Calendar 2021

While last year, 2020, was a bit of a wash in terms of meets and events getting cancelled, women's sport continues to grow at a rapid rate. With everyone involved in all facets of the sporting world hopeful that 2021 will see a return to uninterrupted sporting action, we've put together a round-up of every major Aussie women's event and competition expected to be played this calendar year. Sport by sport, this is your schedule for women's sporting events in Australia, plus some events to watch out for on TV going on overseas!


Due to the uncertain nature of scheduling in the last 12 months, we can't guarantee that every event on this list will go ahead. Make sure you keep checking the official sites for each event!

Netball: Super Netball

With over 1.2 million participants, netball is Australia's most popular team sport, and Aussie netball fans have a lot to look forward to. With the new season of Suncorp Super Netball due to kick off on the 1st of May 2021, The league has also signed a new broadcasting deal starting from nest year which should see significant financial backing added to what is already one of Australia's most successful women's sporting competitions. 

Cricket: WBBL

The Women's Big Bash League is expected to be played in the last quarter of 2021 as we head into the summer cricket season. It's an exciting time for women's cricket, with player salaries at the highest they've ever been and continuing to rise, plus a plethora of promising young talent mixing it with career pros at the highest level. If last season is anything to go by, the rapidly improving women's game is looking to produce some high quality sporting action, and it's only getting better.

Football/Soccer: W-League

At the time of writing, Australia's premier women's footballing (soccer) competition is in full swing, with the finals expected to be played in March or April of 2021. While a number of high-profile talents have been lost to overseas teams in the last couple of seasons, it's proven a fantastic opportunity for many of the W-League's coaches to field teams with more home-grown talent. Due to reduced crowds and the run-on effects of COVID, the league isn't at it's most glamorous at the moment, but that also means that the grass-roots feel of pure footballing competition is on full display here. Also worth noting: the women don't dive anywhere near as much as the fellas!

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Basketball: WNBL

Women's basketball is a sport that has historically suffered at the hands its more popular cousin, netball, but continues to grow in popularity alongside the astronomical global growth of the NBA and WNBA in the US. Based on last year's competition, the 2021 WNBL season should tip off late this year, with a November start probable, and promises to deliver some awesome elite-level action. Unlike last season, which was played in a compacted schedule with no international import players, this year should see more of a return to normalcy with organisers hopeful of some overseas players filtering over by the end of the year.

Athletics: Australian Athletics Championships

Sydney will play host to the Australian track and field championships this year, with the event running from 12-21 April. The 'Nationals' are a big deal in the athletics calendar as they determine the very best athletes in Australia, and are usually where the representatives for Australian Olympic, Commonwealth Games and World Championships are selected from. This year being an Olympic year (though admittedly in a different way than usual), the stakes are high going into this competition. Keep an eye out for superstars in the making at this one!


The AFLW is a fairly new addition to the Australian women's sporting landscape, with its inaugural season only played in 2017. Since then, the league has 'kicked on' fantastically well, drawing larger and larger crowds (pre-COVID) and raising the profile of the sport of AFL for women and girls of all ages immensely. With the 2021 season already underway at the time of writing, and the grand final expected to be played on the 18th or 19th of April, this will be one to watch for anyone who favours 'footie' with an oval-shaped ball...

Don't forget!

YHA has conveniently located and ultra-affordable accommodation in every major city in Australia, so if you're following your favourite team to a game, book a room with us and let YHA take the stress out of finding a place to stay!

But wait, there's more! There's some huge sporting events featuring women going on in other countries this year. Here's the main ones to watch out for:

May 16Women's UEFA Champions League Final, Gothenburg, Sweden

May 29 – June 5 Invictus Games - The Hague, Netherlands

May 30 – June 12 - 2021 French Open - Paris, France

June 26 – 30 October - W Series (all-women racing championship, partnered with Formula 1)

June 28 – July 11 - Wimbledon - London, UK

Jul 23 – Aug 8 - Summer Olympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

Aug 24 – Sep 5 - Paralympic Games - Tokyo, Japan

Aug 30 – Sep 12 - (TBC) US Open - New York, USA

Sep 18 – Oct 16 - Rugby Womens World Cup - Auckland/Whangārei, New Zealand

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