Football Federation Australia (FFA) today released the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season Draw.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) today released the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season Draw showcasing 30 weeks of top-class football that will reinforce the competition-s position as Australian sports fastest growing success story.
Melbourne City FC will kick off the 2014/15 season with an away clash at Allianz Stadium against Sydney FC on Saturday 11 October in Round 1, while City fans can enjoy 13 home matches throughout the campaign at AAMI Park, with the first home match of the season in Round 2 against Newcastle Jets, on Sunday 19 October at 3pm.
The first Melbourne Derby will be held in Round 3 at Etihad Stadium on Saturday 25 October, kicking off at 7.45pm.
Foundation broadcast partner Fox Sports will show all matches of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 Season and Hyundai A-League 2015 Finals Series exclusively live, with the Friday night matches once again shared with SBS. SBS will also broadcast the Hyundai A-League 2015 Finals Series on a one-hour delay.
Melbourne City have five matches scheduled on Friday nights during the 2014/15 season.
Speaking at today-s announcement, the Head of the Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun, was proud to unveil the 10th edition of the Hyundai A-League draw.
“This has been the most challenging draw to produce in the history of the competition,” said de Bohun.
“We have taken into consideration an unprecedented number of factors which include the AFC Asian Cup 2015, Westfield FFA Cup and AFC Champions League.
“With all things considered, we believe we have created a fair and equitable draw which will excite the growing legion of members and fans across the Hyundai A-League.
“During the off-season we have already seen a number of fantastic signings by Hyundai A-League clubs, none bigger than Spanish International and World Cup winner David Villa who will be playing for Melbourne City.
“With more significant signings to follow, I am genuinely excited about the upcoming season and the quality of football that will be on offer,” continued de Bohun.
The key features of the Season Draw include:
• Melbourne City will play their first Hyundai A-League match of the 2014/15 season against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Round 1
• Melbourne City to play their first home match in their new home strip in Round 2
• Melbourne City will host the ‘Christmas Derby- in Round 12 at AAMI Park;
o Melbourne Derby (Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory) – Rounds 3, 12 and 17
• Round 9 to be a split round to be played mid-week from 3 December 2014 – Wednesday 25 March 2015
• First of the Thursday Night Football matches to be played in Round 10 with other Thursday Night Football matches scheduled for Rounds 14, 22 and 25
• There will be no Sunday match in Round 11 due to the scheduling of the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup Final on Tuesday 16 December 2014
• “The Summer of Football” calendar will see 21 matches played over 22 days (from 19 December to 8 January), including
o Boxing Day – Melbourne City v Perth Glory at AAMI Park & Sydney FC v Adelaide United @ Allianz Stadium
• Break for the AFC Asian Cup 2015 (9 January – 31 January 2015)
• Hyundai A-League 2015 Finals Series will be begin on the weekend of 24-26 April 2015
• Hyundai A-League 2015 Grand Final will be played on Sunday 10 May 2015
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