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A-League Women to welcome Western United as 11th team in 2022/23 season

Western United fans will have an ALW team to support next season. (AAP: Scott Barbour)

Western United have received an A-League Women (ALW) licence and will enter a team in the 2022/23 season.

The ALW will expand to 11 teams with United's entry, a season after Wellington Phoenix joined.

Victoria-based United announced the news at a club function on Thursday ahead of their A-League Men team's elimination final.

"This is a special day in the history of our club. This is one of those days that will stick out on the timeline when you look back 10, 20, 30 years from now," club chairman Jason Sourasis said.

"For Western United to enter the league, just in time as the Women's World Cup comes to Australia next year, is massive.

"Everyone at the club is excited about this next step in our journey and we are all committed to bringing success on the pitch with our women's pathway."

Melbourne Victory will have a new local rival to contend with when they defend their championship. (Getty Images: Mark Metcalfe)

United's entry is expected to tie in with an extension of the ALW season length ahead of the Women's World Cup, with the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) set to make further announcements in the coming months.

The ALW newcomers, who have an established partnership with National Premier Leagues Women's team Calder United, will soon appoint coaching and football department staff and begin compiling their inaugural squad.

Central Coast Mariners were also originally expected to join for the upcoming season.

The Mariners want to have an ALW team again — for the first time since 2009 — and are still presenting their proposal to the APL and Football Australia, amid Anytime Fitness co-founder Richard Peil recently buying into the club.

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