The A-League and W-League seasons have been postponed by three weeks, with the A-League to kick off on November 19 and W-League to kick off on the 3rd of December.
The opening fixture of the A-League will see Melbourne City FC take on Brisbane Roar FC and will also see the fiery derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC.
The women’s league will commence with the first ever fixture of Wellington Phoenix’s W-League side, where they take on the Western Sydney Wanderers in the first of a series of doubleheaders.
The initial six rounds of the A-League and first four of the W-League will be based as a conference system with the five NSW-based clubs plus both of the Phoenix’s sides will play each other in one half of the split with the other games to be played in Victoria.
These fixtures have been prepared in accordance with the Federal Government’s national COVID-19 transition plan.
“Football is back and we can’t wait to get started,” said APL Leagues Commissioner
“We’ve got more football than ever before, with both an expanded finals series and the addition of Wellington Phoenix to the women’s league.
“We’ve already seen some incredible young talent coming through the League and on to the Olympics, and with those players now more established, we are going to see even more great football stories.
“Importantly, together with Network 10, we’re going to be able to bring fans closer to the action than ever before as we enter a new era for football in Australia.”
Adam Cush, Network 10’s Director of Sport Production, said: “10 ViacomCBS is excited to partner with the APL to bring an innovative fans first approach to broadcasting live football in Australia on free-to-air television and our brand new streaming service Paramount+.”
The season will finish with the men’s Grand Final schedule for the 28th of May