The show must go on

The Westfield W-League season finished with a bang but can the women's game expand internationally similarly to the mens?

The fans have gone home, the confetti cleared away, the trophy dispatched to a new home and the curtain drawn on Season Four of the Westfield W-League.

The Championship decider was a fitting finale. Supporters at a sold-out McKellar Park full of signs and songs, were rewarded with a five-goal thriller as perennial bridesmaids Canberra finally captured the crown.

The excitement continued as pictures of the grand final featured in news bulletins around the country, the twittersphere remained alight with support for the women-s game and even the newspapers managed more than 100 words.

ABC Television recorded its largest audience of the season, Canberra United their biggest crowd and it was for female football the best ever advertisement.

So what happens now?

It-s critical that the momentum gained during a season is not lost, and maintaining a profile in a long break is no mean feat.

Registration is underway for the new club season at amateur level and the fastest growing women-s sport in Australia is set to post its highest enrolment figures yet.

The days of girls having to play in boys teams just to get a game are well on the way to becoming a memory.

The W-League delivered a pathway for girls to make, if not yet a living playing football, then at least a future as an elite player.

As a result, more Australian women than ever before have been snapped up by overseas clubs, with players headed to England, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the USA.

But how can we make sure the waves the girls make overseas create much more than just a ripple back home before any given W-League season kicks off again?

In the men-s game, the Asian Champions League is slowly gaining traction here and keeps the interest for fans alive past the final whistle of the domestic season.

While it-s not a quick fix, (and realistically some way off) at some stage an Asian Women-s Champions League must be considered.

For "traditional" football countries overseas, this competition has been a natural progression with both UEFA and CONMEBOL embracing the women-s version of the Champions League.

However, given the logistical and financial hurdles that must first be overcome for such a competition, perhaps an interim measure would be to approach Japan and South Korea who have already established the Japan and South Korea Women-s League Championship.

This was instigated two years ago with a view to expanding to an Asian Champions League. Geographically Australia is well placed to take part and as it takes place in March, it fits into the post W-League void on the calendar.

Imagine McKellar Park, sold out once more, hosting Japanese Champions INAC Leonessa, a side that contains no less than seven World Cup-winning players - what an advertisement for Canberra United and the Capital.

A just reward for the team that lifts the trophy and a panacea for those of us who just want the show to go on.