Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season Draw Revealed
The Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season Draw has been officially released today with Adelaide United hosting the season opener against Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium on Friday 11 October.
Following the introduction of Western United FC into the Hyundai A-League, clubs will play 26 matches (13 home & 13 Away) over 29 Rounds with 3 byes throughout the season.
The Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series will start on the weekend of 1-3 May 2020 with the Hyundai A-League 2020 Grand Final to be held on the weekend 16-17 May.
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FFA Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke, is excited to release the latest edition of the Hyundai A-League 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,” said O’Rourke.
Key Points for the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season
- 11 Clubs
- 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 (Sunday 17 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
- Themed Rounds
- 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
- FOX SPORTS will broadcast and stream on www.foxsports.com.au every match of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season and the Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series live.
- Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) will stream all matches of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 Season and Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series live.
- All Hyundai A-League 2019/20 and Hyundai A-League 2020 Finals Series matches will also be available on the MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers
For all membership, ticketing, news and match information including exclusive behind-the-scenes content on the Hyundai A-League visit www.a-league.com.au.