Canberra United players Nicole Sykes and Ellie Brush with the 2012 W-League trophy. Despite the team being 2013-14 premiers, the W-League has no formal recognition for winning the round robin portion of the competition. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Canberra United has called for Football Federation Australia to introduce a trophy for the W-League minor premier to ensure ''parity'' with the A-League.
At present, the A-League minor premier receives the Premiers Plate, while the grand final winner gets the A-League Trophy.
That's not the case for the W-League, where only the grand final winner gets any recognition.
The FFA's double standard is believed to be a cost-cutting measure for the women's league.
Changing that would also bring the W-League in line with Australia's two main football codes, the AFL and NRL, where the minor premiers receive the McClelland Trophy and J.J. Giltinan Shield respectively.
United was crowned premier this season after finishing the regular season on top, but Brisbane Roar knocked it out of the finals race on Saturday.
After the loss, Canberra coach Elisabeth Migchelsen said she felt her team had been left with ''nothing'' despite being the best team during the regular season.
That's not surprising given it actually won't get anything.
Migchelsen is Dutch, where there are no finals to decide who's champion - that's decided by whoever finishes on top of at the end of the regular season.
But Canberra United chief executive Heather Reid felt the W-League minor premiers, past and present, should receive some recognition for their achievements.
''This is not just because we won the premiership, it's about equity,'' Reid said. ''It's an anomaly in relation to the parity between the W-League and the A-League.''
While Reid was happy with the current finals set-up, where it's first against fourth and second against third for a spot in the grand final, she believed the W-League season should be extended by two weeks to allow all eight teams to play each other at home and away.
But, with the Asian Cup coming to Australia next summer, she didn't think it would happen next season. All national leagues are set to be suspended while the Asian Cup is on during January 2015.
Reid was hoping to bring all coaching and playing staff back for the 2014-15 season.
Migchelsen said the loss to Brisbane was still too raw to make a decision about returning yet, but Reid wants her back, along with assistant coach Raeanne Dower.
She also wants to bring back the three US imports - Kendall Fletcher, Lori Lindsey and Stephanie Ochs.