Every key derby date for Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season

There is so much to unpack when a new Season Draw drops. That's why we have done the hard work for you!

Here you can find the dates and times of all of the big clashes, heated rivalries, themed rounds and, of course, that much-anticipated Grand Final rematch.

So, read on, get out your diaries, and let the anticipation for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season grow.

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The Melbourne Derby

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC

Round 1 — Saturday 12 October 2019
Marvel Stadium
Kick off: 7.30pm AEDT

Round 11 — Saturday 21 December 2019
AAMI Park
Kick off: 7.30pm AEDT

Round 18 — Friday 7 February 2020 
AAMI Park
Kick off: 7.30pm AEDT

The Melbourne Derby has a fresh feel to it heading into 2019/20 with two new head coaches vying for supremacy in Victoria's capital.

Marco Kurz is able field a new-look Victory attack featuring Caltex Socceroos stars Andrew Nabbout and Robbie Kruse, while City chief Erick Mombaerts has promised an all-new positive outlook to banish the memories of last season's goal-shy side.

Despite City's struggles in 2018/19, Victory were unable to secure a win over their neighbours. The German and the French tacticians will be eager to bring the local bragging rights to their new clubs and endear themselves to the passionate Melbournian supporters.

Click here for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City's full draws.

 


The Sydney Derby

Western Sydney Wanderers FC v Sydney FC

Round 3 — Saturday 26 October 2019
Bankwest Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

Round 18 — Saturday 8 February 2020
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 5.15pm AEDT

Round 24 — Saturday 21 March 2020
Bankwest Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

The first-ever Sydney derby at the brand new Bankwest Stadium is certainly going to be a spicy one. 

Markus Babbel’s Western Sydney Wanderers FC will be desperate to create some lasting memories at the new Wanderland, having not recorded a win over their Harbour City rivals in their three contests last season.

Michael Zullo has already vowed that the derby is ‘going to be even better this year’ and Sydney FC will be hellbent on leaving their mark on enemy territory. 

Add in the mix that former Red and Black favourite Alex Baumjohann will be pulling on a Sky Blue jersey. That should make for an intense atmosphere in the Parramatta cauldron.

Click here for Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC's full draws.

 

The Big Blue

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory

Round 6 — Saturday 16 November 2019
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium
Kick-off: 5.15pm AEDT

Round 16 — Friday 24 January 2020
AAMI Park
Kick off: 7.30pm AEDT

Round 22 — Saturday 7 March 2020
Marvel Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

All eyes are going to be on one player when Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory meet for the Big Blue in 2019/20.

Kosta Barbarouses racked up 41 goals in 127 Hyundai A-League matches in the navy jersey of Victory, but the Kiwi frontman crosses the Big Blue divide to pull on Sky Blue colours in 2019/20.

Melbourne supporters are likely still having nightmares about the last time these teams met in the 6-1 Semi Final humbling at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

That was the last Victory fans saw of club icon Kevin Muscat. New head coach Kurz will be desperate to start his Big Blue legacy in a less embarrassing manner when these fierce rivals meet in Round 6.

Click here for Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory’s full draws.

The F3 Derby

Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets

Round 2 — Saturday 19 October 2019
Central Coast Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

Round 18 — Sunday 9 February 2020
McDonald Jones Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm AEDT

Round 25 — Saturday 28 March 2020
Central Coast Stadium
Kick-off: 5.15pm AEDT
 

The Central Coast Mariners thought they had hit rock bottom following an 8-2 home thumping by Wellington Phoenix in March. 

Enter new head coach Alen Stajcic, who captured the hearts of the Yellow and Blue supporters from day one when the basement dwellers turned over their adversaries from up the F3, 3-2, in the Jets' own backyard.

With that run to the 2018 Grand Final still flickering in the memories of the Newcastle faithful, Ernie Merrick's charges will be aiming to launch a bounce-back season and extract a measure of revenge over the double wooden spooners in Round 2. 

These New South Wales rivals will believe that coming out on top of this battle will go a long way to addressing their recent struggles in 2019/20.

Click here for Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners' full draws.

The Original Rivalry

Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory

Round 7 — Saturday 23 November 2019
Coopers Stadium
Kick-off: 7pm ACDT, 7.30pm AEDT

Round 15 — Friday 17 January 2020
Coopers Stadium
Kick-off: 7pm ACDT, 7.30pm AEDT

Round 21 — Saturday 29 February 2020
Marvel Stadium
 
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEDT

New Melbourne Victory coach Kurz does not seem like a bitter man but it would be hard to believe the German would not enjoy a taste of schadenfreude against his former employers. 

The FFA Cup 2018 winners were a penalty shootout away from the 2018/19 Grand Final under Kurz's stewardship, but the decision had already been made by the South Australians to let their leader walk away at the end of the campaign.

Kurz will know the strengths and weaknesses of his former club inside out, but new head coach Gertjan Verbeek will be seeking to take the Reds to another level - following promises they will play like Ajax.

New signings Riley McGree, Michael Maria and Kristan Opseth should help the Dutchman's cause in a brand new chapter of the Original Rivalry. 

Click here for Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United's full draws.

Grand Final rematch

Perth Glory v  Sydney FC

Round 7 — Saturday 23 November 2019
HBF Park
Kick-off: 6.45pm AWST, 9.45pm AEDT


The Hyundai A-League Premiers were left shattered after a Grand Final penalty shootout loss on their own territory consigned head coach Tony Popovic to his fourth straight defeat in Australian football's biggest match.

The Perth Glory supremo will not need much additional ammunition for his motivational speech ahead of the Round 7 encounter against the 2018/19 Champions Sydney FC.

Corica's men will be striving to break Western Australian spirits once again on their own turf in what is a sure-fire bet to be an absolute humdinger.

Click here for Sydney FC and Perth Glory’s full draws.

Western United play three games in Ballarat

Western United v Wellington Phoenix
Round 12 — Saturday 28 December 2019
Mars Stadium
Kick-off: 5.15pm AEDT

Western United v Brisbane Roar FC
Round 19 — Sunday 16 February 2020
Mars Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm AEDT

Western United v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Round 25 — Sunday 29 March 2020
Mars Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm AEDT

Not only will Western United be determined to make their mark on the pitch in their maiden campaign, but they will be also aiming to win over as many supporters as possible off it.

That's why Mark Rudan's side will take three matches away from their regular home ground in Geelong to Ballarat as they write their names into Hyundai A-League history. 

Click here for Western United's full draw.

Wellington Phoenix play two games in Auckland

Wellington Phoenix v Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Round 9 — Saturday 7 December 2019
Eden Park
Kick-off: 7.15pm NZDT, 5.15pm AEDT

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne City FC
Round 19 — Saturday 15 February 2020
Eden Park
Kick-off: 7.15pm NZDT, 5.15pm AEDT

The Kiwi club have a phenomenal record in their nation's largest city. Nine times the Nix have taken Hyundai A-League football to Eden Park and they have only been beaten once. 

Ufuk Talay's side double down with two matches in Auckland in 2019/20 and the new head coach will be determined to win over even more hearts in the land of long white cloud.

Click here for Wellington Phoenix’s full draw.

Brisbane Roar FC play three games in Redcliffe

Brisbane Roar FC v Melbourne City FC
Round 6 — Sunday 17 November 2019
Dolphin Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm AEST, 4pm AEDT

Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory
Round 20 — Sunday 23 February 2020
Dolphin Stadium
Kick-off: 3pm AEST, 4pm AEDT

Brisbane Roar FC v Newcastle Jets
Round 27 — Sunday 12 April 2020
Dolphin Stadium
Kick-off: 4pm AEST

Robbie Fowler's side take Hyundai A-League football north to the newly-developed Dolphin Stadium for the first time in 2019/20.

A regular home for the Roar's Westfield W-League side, the boutique Redcliffe venue did host an FFA Cup Round of 32 clash between Brisbane and Melbourne City last season.

On that night, Bruno Fornaroli snatched an extra-time winner for the visitors. The same two teams meet with points at stake in Round 6.

Click here for Brisbane Roar FC’s full draw.

Themed Rounds

Remembrance Round
Friday 8 November to Sunday 10 November

Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League is devoted to acknowledging the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed services during times of war.

A pre-match ceremony will be observed at all five matches over the weekend of November 8-10 ahead of Remembrance Day on Monday 11 November.

There are three matches in Victoria in Remembrance Round. Melbourne City host Central Coast on Friday, Western Sydney Wanderers go to Western United on Saturday and Melbourne Victory face Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

rebel Play Football Round
Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February

The Hyundai A-League will celebrate Play Football Round in Round 18 of the 2019/20 Season.

The round – played from Friday 14 February to Sunday 16 February is used to promote football registrations around Australia for the upcoming grassroots season.

There is a derby theme this rebel Play Football Round, with the Melbourne Derby kicking it off on the Friday, the Sydney Derby headlining the Saturday and the F3 Derby between Newcastle Jets and Central Coast Mariners wrapping up the weekend on Sunday.

rebel Female Football Round
Friday 13 March to Sunday 15 March

Round 23 celebrates women in football and the extensive impact they play at all levels of the game, to coincide with Female Football Week.

A key objective of Female Football Round is to drive female participation, while also acknowledging the large number of women who are currently actively involved in the game in any capacity.

The round follows International Women's Day, which is on Sunday 8 March, and features an encounter between the Champions, Sydney FC, and the Premiers, Perth Glory, at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on the Saturday.