Matildas captain Sam Kerr is set to head overseas, leaving the women soccer league without its biggest name.
Miss Kerr told officials she is heading to Europe to pursue a contract outside Australia this summer.
The 26-year-old was named Australian captain in the lead-up to last year’s World Cup in France.
She has been a staple of the W-League since her debut with Perth in 2009.
The opportunity to develop new skills appears to be the motivating factor for Kerr.
She benefited substantially from the FFA’s marquee player allowance last season.
As part of the agreement, the league used Kerr heavily, leveraging her name to promote the sport to boys and girls.