A-League unveil blockbuster 39-day draw

The A-League is set to return with an incredible extravaganza of 32 games in 39 days for football-starved fans when the season resumes in a fortnight.

It will have been 115 days between drinks when the competition is reignited with a Melbourne derby between Victory and Western United on July 16, kicking off an unprecedented bonanza of action.

After extensive negotiations, times and dates for all fixtures have been locked in – with the grand final set to take place on August 23.

However the glaring omissions from the fixture list released on Wednesday is that of venues throughout.

A New South Wales hub will host the vast majority of games, with the season reopening Melbourne derby – set to be played at AAMI Park – a rare exception.

The remaining 27 games of the regular season will be squeezed into a 28-day period, with just one football-free day.

Further, United will again be in action on July 20 – four days after their first derby – against Melbourne City, again likely at AAMI Park before the three Victorian clubs head to NSW to complete their season due to border and quarantine implications caused by COVID-19.

Leaders Sydney FC are set to host Wellington Phoenix, currently in quarantine in NSW, on July 17.

Sydney FC currently sit in top spot on the 2019/20 A-League ladder.Source:Getty Images

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The Phoenix and Perth Glory will play the remainder of their matches in NSW, with the Glory set to restart their campaign on July 18 against Central Coast Mariners.

Brisbane Roar will host Adelaide United on July 19, possibly at Gold Coast venue Cbus Super Stadium rather than Suncorp Stadium, before both teams head to NSW to finish their season.

The schedule will remain fluid and be subject to change.

“FFA is continuing to monitor developments in all states and we will remain agile in our response to the development of the schedule as required,” a Football Federation Australia spokesman said.


July 16: Melbourne Victory vs Western United

July 17: Sydney FC vs Wellington Phoenix

July 18: Perth Glory vs Central Coast Mariners

July 19: Brisbane Roar vs Adelaide United

July 20: Western United vs Melbourne City

July 21: Sydney FC vs Newcastle Jets

July 22: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne Victory

July 23: Perth Glory vs Wellington Phoenix

July 24: Central Coast Mariners vs Newcastle Jets

July 25: Sydney FC v Western United

July 26: Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United

July 27: Central Coast Mariners v Western Sydney Wanderers

July 28: Melbourne Victory v Brisbane Roar

July 30: Adelaide United v Perth Glory

July 31: Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix

August 1: Melbourne City v Sydney FC

August 2: Newcastle Jets v Western United

August 3: Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners

August 4: Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory

August 5: Wellington Phoenix v Brisbane Roar

August 6: Adelaide United v Sydney FC

August 7: Western United v Western Sydney Wanderers

August 8: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory

August 9: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix

August 10: Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC

August 11: Melbourne City v Adelaide United

August 12: Perth Glory v Western United

Elimination finals

August 15: Team 4 v Team 5 or Team 3 v Team 6

August 16: Team 4 v Team 5 or Team 3 v Team 6


August 19: 1 v Lowest Ranked EF Winner or 2 v Highest Ranked EF Winner

August 20: 1 v Lowest Ranked EF Winner or 2 v Highest Ranked EF Winner

Grand Final

August 23: Winners Semi-Final v Winner Semi-Final 2

It will have been 115 days between drinks when the competition is reignited.Source:Getty Images

Meanwhile, John Didulica has cited family reasons for his decision to stand down from his role as CEO of players’ union Professional Footballers Australia.

“It is an incredible honour to work in football and to serve footballers as chief executive of the PFA, but everybody who works in the sport knows how all-consuming it is,” Didulica said.

“After so many consecutive years involved, I really want to step back and spend more time with my wonderful wife and daughters.

“I am so proud of the work the PFA has done in recent years and, more recently, the institutional strength we demonstrated to preserve our entire staff to service players during the unprecedented professional and wellbeing challenges presented by COVID-19.

“We have built a great team and I have no doubt they will continue to steward the business to ensure we continue supporting the players and building the game.”

PFA president Alex Wilkinson said the departing Didulica had “galvanised the players and staff and pushed the organisation to new heights”.

— News Corp Australia Network

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