A-League to restart on Friday

Monday 13 July, 2020
Anna Harrington

The A-League will restart on Friday when Sydney FC play Wellington Phoenix at Jubilee Stadium.

Melbourne Victory and Western United were originally scheduled to play on Thursday but due to the three Victorian clubs' 14-day quarantine, that game has been postponed.

The rest of the weekend's matches are unchanged and the full fixture list will be released on Tuesday, with the finals series to be pushed back six days.

The grand final was initially scheduled for August 23 but has been pushed back to August 30.

"The season will start on Friday 15 July with the scheduled Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix game," FFA head of leagues Greg O'Rourke told AAP.

"It will require the season length to be extended by some six calendar days but it will allow us to finish by August 30.

"Importantly, when were were planning the first schedule, we left ourselves one week's spacing if we were to get a problem.

"We (originally) set the finals series to complete on August 23 - now it's going to be on August 29."

In June, the FFA, the A-League clubs and the PFA signed off on an extension of the season through to August 31.

Pushing the finals series back allows the Melbourne clubs - especially Western United, who have six games remaining - to have a reasonable turnaround between matches.

While Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City and Western United have an exemption to train during their quarantine, they are unable to play any games - including against each other - until it is complete.

Otherwise, the league has aimed to minimise changes to the fixture.

"It is our intention when we release the draw tomorrow that the minimum amount of fixtures are affected," O'Rourke said.

Elsewhere in the opening weekend, Perth will play Central Coast in Gosford on Saturday evening and Brisbane will host Adelaide United on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.

The Glory are set to travel to their NSW hub on Friday ahead of their opening match.

Fans are able to attend select games in line with government regulations - with a limited number of tickets available for members and fans at Jubilee Stadium on Friday night and Central Coast Stadium on Saturday.