Hyundai A-League's sizzling summer of football

The ‘Summer of Football’ is always a major feature of the Hyundai A-League season and in 2017/18 it’s even bigger!

CONFIRMED: Hyundai A-League season draw

GUIDE: Club-by-club early season fixtures

As the weather heats up around Australia, so will the action on the pitch with an incredible 25 games over 25 days between December 21 and January 14.

There’s no better way to celebrate the festive period than a calendar jam-packed with football and A-League fans are in for a treat from Rounds 12-16.

All 25 matches could have a huge bearing on how your club is positioned heading into the second half of the season, with a few standout clashes to look out for.

SUMMER OF FOOTBALL FEATURE MATCHES

Round 12 – Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park, Saturday December 23

Ivan Franjic on the ball during City's 2-1 loss to Victory on Saturday night.

Round 12 – Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium, Boxing Day

Round 13 – Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix at Central Coast Stadium, New Year’s Eve

Michael McGlinchey's goal proved decisive as Wellington Phoenix downed Central Coast Mariners 1-0 at Westpac Stadium.

Round 13 – Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City at ANZ Stadium, New Year’s Day

Round 15 – Brisbane Roar v Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium, Monday, January 8

Roar v Sydney FC

Round 15 – Newcastle Jets v Central Coast Mariners at McDonald Jones Stadium, Tuesday, January 9

Round 16 – Adelaide United v Sydney FC at Coopers Stadium, Sunday January 14

#SYDvADL - Adelaide United is undefeated in their last five regular-season Hyundai A-League trips to Sydney FC, keeping a clean sheet on every occasion.

So there’s plenty to look forward to during the Hyundai A-League this summer.

As temperatures rise, so will the intensity on the pitch. The Summer of Football begins on Thursday, December 21.