Football Federation Australia have released the new season fixture list for the A-League with earlier kick off times in bid to bring back fans...but still no free to air TV deal yet.
Adelaide United will host the season opener against Sydney at Coopers Stadium on Friday 11 October with a Melbourne derby blockbuster at Marvel Stadium the following day.
With the A-League debut of Western United, clubs will play 26 matches (13 home & 13 away) over 29 rounds with three byes throughout the season.
The Finals will start on the weekend of May 1 to 3 with the 2020 Grand Final held on the weekend of May 16-17.
FFA Head of Leagues Greg O’Rourke today said he was excited to release the draw.
“The Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season draw is all about accessibility for fans whether at the ground or through our broadcast partners,” said O’Rourke.
“This is the product of genuine collaboration of all stakeholders of the game. The outcome is a draw that delivers the best games, at the best grounds, at the best times for our fans.
“You will also see that we have moved match kick-off times earlier to encourage better fan engagement across the league.
“Along with all the traditional derbies and rivalries, we will see the welcome return of the Western Sydney Wanderers to Bankwest Stadium and with the addition of Western United to the competition we are confident that new rivalries will emerge.
“One particular feature worth mentioning will be the rebel Play Football Round (Round 18) which will be a bona fide blockbuster round with a Melbourne Derby, Sydney Derby and an F3 Derby on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
“Our discussions with potential free to air broadcasters are ongoing and we hope to have a positive announcement before the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season commences.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hyundai A-League clubs, PFA and FOX SPORTS for their valuable input and support to produce what we believe is the optimal competition format for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season.
“With the clubs recruiting well during the off-season, I know that I speak for all fans when I say I am genuinely excited about the start of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season on 11 October,” concluded O’Rourke.
29 Rounds (13 Home + 13 Away matches per club - 3 Byes per club)
Round 1: 11-13 October 2019
No break for FIFA International dates
No Split Rounds (Bye preference for 3 clubs participating in the AFC Champions League 2020)
Round 29: 24-26 April 2020
Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series structure remains the same (Elimination Finals (3v6 & 4v5), Semi-Finals (1 v lowest ranked winner from Elimination Finals, 2 v highest ranked winner from Elimination Finals,) and the Grand Final)
Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series – commences weekend 1-3 May 2020
Hyundai A-League 2020 Grand Final – weekend of 16-17 May 2020
Grand Final Re-Match (Perth Glory v Sydney FC) in Round 7 (Saturday, 23 November 2019 @ HBF Park)
Sydney Derbies (Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC)
Round 3 (Saturday 26 October 2019 @ Bankwest Stadium)
Round 18 (Saturday 8 February 2020 @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium)
Round 24 (Saturday 21 March 2020 @ Bankwest Stadium)
Melbourne Derbies (Melbourne City FC v Melbourne Victory)
Round 1 (Saturday 12 October 2019 @ Marvel Stadium)
Round 11 (Saturday 21 December 2019 @ AAMI Park)
Round 18 (Friday 7 February 2020 @ AAMI Park)
F3 Derbies (Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets)
Round 2 (Saturday 19 October 2019 @ Central Coast Stadium)
Round 18 (Sunday 9 February 2020 @ McDonald Jones Stadium)
Round 25 (Saturday 28 March 2020 @ Central Coast Stadium)
Big Blue (Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC)
Round 6 (Saturday 16 November 2019 @ Netstrata Jubilee Stadium)
Round 16 (Friday 24 January 2020 @ AAMI Park)
Round 22 (Saturday 7 March 2020 @ Marvel Stadium)
Original Rivalry: Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory
Round 7 (Saturday 23 November 2019 @ Coopers Stadium)
Round 15 (Friday 17 January 2020 @ Coopers Stadium)
Round 21 (Saturday 29 February 2020 @ Marvel Stadium)
Fixtures played outside Home Cities
Round 9 - Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers FC @ Eden Park, Auckland - Saturday, 7 December 2019
Round 19 - Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City FC @ Eden Park, Auckland - Saturday, 15 February 2020
Round 12 - Western United FC v Wellington Phoenix @ Mars Stadium, Ballarat - Saturday, 28 December 2019
Round 19 - Western United FC v Brisbane Roar FC @ Mars Stadium, Ballarat - Sunday, 16 February 2020
Round 25 - Western United FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC @ Mars Stadium, Ballarat - Sunday, 29 March 2020
Round 6 - Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne City FC @ Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe - Sunday, 17 November 2019
Round 20 - Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory @ Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe - Sunday, 23 February 2020
Round 27 - Brisbane Roar FC v Newcastle Jets @ Dolphin Stadium, Redcliffe - Sunday, 12 April 2020
Remembrance Round – Round 5 (8-10 November 2019)
rebel Play Football Round – Round 18 (14-16 February 2020)
rebel Female Football Round – Round 23 (13-15 March 2020)
Anzac Day Fixtures:
Round 29 - Brisbane Roar FC v Adelaide United @ Suncorp Stadium – Saturday, 25 April 2020
Round 29 - Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Wellington Phoenix @ Bankwest Stadium – Saturday, 25 April 2020