2017-18 A-League draw revealed: Big Blue to highlight Round 1

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    The 2017-18 A-League season will kick off on October 6 in Brisbane, with a blockbuster round to get things underway.

    While the season will begin when the Brisbane Roar take on Melbourne City in a Friday night clash, the game of the opening round is the grand final rematch between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Etihad Stadium.

    » See the full A-League draw here

    The first round of the year will also see an F3 derby between the Newcastle Jets, as well as matches between the Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United in New Zealand and the Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium

    A Melbourne derby between the Victory and City will follow in Round 2, while the two Sydney clubs, FC and the Wanderers, will meet for the first time in Round 3 on a weekend that will also see rivals the Victory and Adelaide meet at the Adelaide Oval.

    Each team will play each other twice – one home and one away fixture – by Round 18, while the final nine rounds of the year will see each side play one match against all other clubs in the competition.

    Rounds 20 and 22 will both be split across two weekends to accommodate the clubs competing in the Asian Champions League.

    “Developing this draw has been a challenging process to accommodate the preferences of the clubs, venue availability and also the AFC Champions League 2018,” said A-League boss Greg O’Rourke.

    “We have added a new feature to this season’s draw with all clubs playing each other twice between rounds 1 to 18. The remaining nine rounds will see each club play each other once in the lead-up to the Hyundai A-League 2018 Finals Series.”

    The 2017-18 season will be the first edition of the A-League played under the new broadcast deal, with Network Ten to broadcast one Saturday night match each week and all the finals live on free-to-air TV. Each side will play at least one game shown on free-to-air TV throughout the season.

    Fox Sports will once again show every game of the season live on pay TV and their streaming services.

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    • June 28th 2017 @ 12:34pm
      Dan said | June 28th 2017 @ 12:34pm | ! Report

      I think they have done a good job I like the changes and good to see games in Melbourne during the aussie open.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 28th 2017 @ 12:39pm
        Waz said | June 28th 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

        Not so well received in Brisbane. Not that it’s anyone’s fault other than the lack of stadiums in BNE and Sydney.

    • Roar Rookie

      June 28th 2017 @ 12:40pm
      Waz said | June 28th 2017 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

      Club message this morning:

      As a club, we are very excited about the upcoming season and we look forward to creating many more special memories for all those that attend games in the months to come.

      Last year, our attendances grew by 8%, outstripping the League average and we will be working hard to build on that growth and I believe that with your continued support and enthusiasm we will.

      For some time now, we have been working with the FFA to provide a draw that works well for the team and our supporters, however due to stadium availability we have been unable to achieve our collective goals.

      Major events such as the Rugby League World Cup, Global 10’s and the Commonwealth Games have led to significant block out periods. This on top of three concerts and essential rail maintenance work has given us many hurdles, most of which we have not been able to overcome.

      We are not the only club affected by these types of events, but it is fair to say that we have been impacted the most.

      In early December we will welcome Wellington FC to CBUS Stadium in Robina. The Gold Coast has not hosted a Hyundai A League game for many years and despite having to move away from our regular home ground, with so many Kiwis living in the region, it will be exciting to see the interest that this fixture creates.

      Our events team are working hard on building on the incredible match day atmosphere that you all create, as it has been your support that drives the boys on throughout the 90 minutes and often beyond.

      Over the past 12 months we have been speaking to government at Local, State and Federal level about the need for a second stadium in Brisbane and the current issues that we face only emphasise that need. There has been much talk around a second Hyundai A League side coming to Brisbane and we at the Roar certainly want that, however the stadium issue will need to be resolved to facilitate it. We will continue working towards this goal as it has been evidenced by the success of the MLS following the introduction of more appropriate stadia, that Football in Australia needs these venues to evolve.

      Brisbane Roar and the FFA have worked closely on this draw and I thank Greg O’Rourke and his team for their support. It is certainly not the outcome that we would have preferred, but now we must move on and enjoy 2017/18 Season and work hard to going one step further than last year.

      Once again, I thank you for your support, you are the reason that we do what we do.

      Kind regards,

      Mark Kingsman
      Managing Director BRFC

      • June 28th 2017 @ 1:01pm
        Jordan said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

        Not the club’s fault, I’ll be roadtripping down to GC. Brisbane needs a 2nd stadium.

        • Roar Rookie

          June 28th 2017 @ 1:06pm
          Waz said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

          Agree and agreed. Turns out Roar can’t play at Suncorp during the commonwealth games period either so it’s amazing there’s only one home game away from home.

          • June 28th 2017 @ 1:10pm
            Jordan said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

            Go to every game and love it, but until BRFC get out Suncorp they won’t reach anywhere near their potential IMO Their mention of working with Government about stadium development is intriguing…

            • June 28th 2017 @ 2:22pm
              Realfootball said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

              Agree 100%. Suncorp has done huge damage to the Roar.

              A millstone around the club’s neck.

      • June 28th 2017 @ 6:17pm
        Caltex Ten & SBS support Australian Football said | June 28th 2017 @ 6:17pm | ! Report

        Well it has made one Football fan happy. I’ll be looking forward to watching HAL live again at Robina. I haven’t been to a live game since the demise of GCU.. Not that I’ll switch over to supporting the Roar but as a SFC supporter and a lover of football this is good news for me.

        • Roar Rookie

          June 28th 2017 @ 9:19pm
          Waz said | June 28th 2017 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

          I’m actually not that bothered about the GC game, better than Cairns. And there are thousand of fans down there.

          The stadium unavailability though is massive this year and they’ve had to force fit SFC and WSW into a 72 hour window and then there’s weeks where there’s nothing.

          It is what it is – the answer is a new stadium.

    • June 28th 2017 @ 1:01pm
      Midfielder said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:01pm | ! Report

      Best draw the Mariners have had in years … not perfect but a good draw.

      Interesting we have a lot of Sunday 7:00 PM games … must be a new time but excellent for summer as those 15:00 games were way to hard on players…

      From the Mariners … well done whoever put it together…

      Our draw

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      • Roar Rookie

        June 28th 2017 @ 2:09pm
        Brendo51 said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

        It is a interesting timeslot. Good time for kids and as you say summer sport.

      • June 28th 2017 @ 2:13pm
        Swanny said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

        Looking forward to ccm v jets round 1

    • June 28th 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Jordan said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      Any games in Geelong, Hobart, Sunshine Coast, Wooloongong or South Melbourne? Shouldn’t they be testing the appetite

      • Roar Rookie

        June 28th 2017 @ 2:07pm
        Brendo51 said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

        Geelong have one, Victory v Central Coast on the 06 Jan

        • June 28th 2017 @ 2:23pm
          Realfootball said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:23pm | ! Report

          Everyone farms out Wellington and CCM.

      • June 28th 2017 @ 8:16pm
        Rolland said | June 28th 2017 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

        I was thinking the Same Wollongong have win stadium that sits empty during the summer last time Sydney fc played there we had 11,000 at the ground .guess David Gallop Ian interested in expansion

    • June 28th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      Midfielder said | June 28th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      This seems to be 10’s schedule.

      Melbourne Victory V Sydney FC
      Melbourne Victory V Melbourne City FC
      Sydney FC Western V Sydney Wanderers FC
      Newcastle Jets V Wellington Phoenix
      Melbourne Victory V Brisbane Roar FC
      Sydney FC V Newcastle Jets
      Sydney FC V Brisbane Roar FC
      Newcastle Jets V Melbourne City FC
      Western Sydney Wanderers V FC Sydney FC
      Central Coast Mariners V Western Sydney Wanderers FC
      Melbourne City FC V Melbourne Victory
      Sydney FC V Perth Glory
      Melbourne City FC V Wellington Phoenix
      Melbourne Victory V Perth Glory
      Sydney FC V Central Coast Mariners
      Central Coast Mariners V Brisbane Roar FC
      Adelaide United V Perth Glory
      Melbourne City V FC Sydney FC
      Melbourne Victory V Adelaide United
      Western Sydney Wanderers FC V Wellington Phoenix
      Sydney FC V Brisbane Roar FC
      Melbourne City FC V Western Sydney Wanderers FC

      • June 28th 2017 @ 2:24pm
        Realfootball said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

        Three Phoenix games. Surprised to see any, to be frank.

      • June 28th 2017 @ 2:34pm
        Nemesis said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

        Middy you seem to only have 22 matches.

        I count 28 matches (Rd 22 split round gets 2 Saturday night matches) scheduled on Saturday evenings at 7:50 pm for Simulcast on Ten.

        1 Melbourne Victory V Sydney FC
        2 Melbourne Victory V Melbourne City FC
        3 Sydney FC V Western Sydney Wanderers FC
        4 Adelaide United V Melbourne City FC
        5 Newcastle Jets V Wellington Phoenix
        6 Melbourne Victory V Brisbane Roar FC
        7 Sydney FC V Newcastle Jets
        8 Sydney FC V Brisbane Roar FC
        9 Newcastle Jets V Melbourne City FC
        10 Western Sydney Wanderers FC V Sydney FC
        11 Central Coast Mariners V Western Sydney Wanderers FC
        12 Melbourne City FC V Melbourne Victory
        13 Sydney FC V Perth Glory
        14 Melbourne City FC V Wellington Phoenix
        16 Melbourne Victory V Perth Glory
        17 Sydney FC V Central Coast Mariners
        18 Central Coast Mariners V Brisbane Roar FC
        19 Adelaide United V Perth Glory
        20 Melbourne City FC V Sydney FC
        20 Adelaide United V Central Coast Mariners
        21 Melbourne Victory V Adelaide United
        22 Western Sydney Wanderers FC V Wellington Phoenix
        22 Brisbane Roar FC V Adelaide United
        23 Sydney FC V Brisbane Roar FC
        24 Melbourne City FC V Western Sydney Wanderers FC
        25 Melbourne Victory V Western Sydney Wanderers FC
        26 Melbourne City FC V Central Coast Mariners
        27 Sydney FC V Melbourne Victory

        • June 28th 2017 @ 2:35pm
          Nemesis said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

          All 10 teams get exposure on Saturday night

          Syd FC = 10
          City, Victory = 8
          WSW = 6
          AUFC, BRI, CCM = 5
          Perth, Jets, Nix = 3

          • June 28th 2017 @ 3:58pm
            jamesb said | June 28th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

            That’s not too bad. I was expecting Sydney FC and Victory to be around 12 or 13 games, while the Nix have none.

      • June 28th 2017 @ 2:39pm
        mattq said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

        any confirmation whether ONE will go HD?

    • June 28th 2017 @ 2:35pm
      CG2430 said | June 28th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

      “We have added a new feature to this season’s draw with all clubs playing each other twice between rounds 1 to 18. The remaining nine rounds will see each club play each other once in the lead-up to the Hyundai A-League 2018 Finals Series.”

      Wow. Slow clap for the FFA…

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