EVERY A-League match in the 2013/14 season will have live coverage on ABC Radio, Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Tuesday.
Under an historic four-year agreement, all 127 Regular Season matches and five Finals Series matches this season will have start-to-finish, uninterrupted live commentary.
FFA CEO David Gallop hailed the new agreement as another sign of football’s breakthrough into the mainstream of Australian society.
“Live sports on ABC Radio have long been a staple of Australian life and I’m delighted that hundreds of hours of A-League action will be on the radio this season,” Gallop said.
“The national radio broadcaster adds significantly to our reach at a time when audiences for the A-League are booming and there’s a massive surge in interest in football.
“The ABC is a great supporter of the game, including the live TV coverage of the Westfield W-League, and I know the new partnership will be a major boost to our growth story.”
ABC Radio has broadcast Socceroos FIFA World Cup qualifiers and major internationals over the past 30 years and coverage of the Hyundai A-League has grown steadily since the league’s inception in 2005.
“The ABC looks forward to taking our partnership with the FFA to a whole new level,” said Kate Dundas, Director ABC Radio.
“Under a new four year agreement we have committed to call each game of A-League football live via the ABC Radio mobile App and online streaming via the Grandstand website.
“After such a stellar 2012 season, we’re confident this significant investment will help grow the A-League and deliver a great game to new audiences across the country.”
ABC Radio will also broadcast matches on ABC Local Radio and on Grandstand Digital Radio.
The opening round of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League Season will be covered as follows:
Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets, 1930 (Local), 702 ABC Sydney/ 1233 ABC Newcastle
Mariners v Wanderers, 1730 (Local), ABC Central Coast 92.5/702 ABC Sydney
Victory v Heart, 1930 (Local), 774 ABC Melbourne
Phoenix v Roar, 1700 (Local), NZ/612 ABC Brisbane
Adelaide United v Glory, 1630 (Local), 720 ABC Perth /891 ABC Adelaide