The 2020/21 A-League season will kick off on Sunday December 27th, the FFA has announced, and will begin the same day as the W-League in a historic first for Australian football.
For the first time in the competition’s history, the two league will begin on the same date in summer, meaning the majority of the season will be played concurrently with the grassroots football season.
The men’s season will be played over 23 weeks, with the Grand Final set for June, while the women’s season is set for an April finish.
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The December kick-off date will also usher in the arrival of the A-League’s 12th club, Macarthur FC, who will compete in their inaugural season just a year after Victoria’s Western United’s addition.
“This year’s calendar sees us kicking off two seasons of Australia’s best football on the same day, right in the middle of summer,” head of leagues Greg O’Rourke said.
”The men’s competition now features 12 teams, including three in Sydney and three in Melbourne, meaning more derbies, more intensity and more fans.
“With families at home together during the holiday season, great weather, and games broadcast live on multiple platforms, there are so many ways for fans to be close to the action, at home or in the stadium.”