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The night old soccer came home

Last Saturday night in Sydney, Heartbeat of Football – a fundraising organisation founded and driven by well-known football identity Andy Paschalidis – hosted the first ever reunion of players, coaches and identities from the National Soccer League.

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To the spoilers goes the Victory

Melbourne Victory’s fourth A-League title in Saturday’s grand final was achieved by a side that has done it the hard way, coming from fourth place to claim the championship, the first time a team from outside the top two has lifted the A-League trophy.

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The goal that kicked off a mad finals week

As often as Riley McGree’s incredible scorpion goal last Friday night has been viewed (well over a million times just on the Newcastle Jets website alone), Fox Sports commentator Brenton Speed’s call of the Jets player’s goal against Melbourne City in that semi final will surely go down in folklore too.

The Eels sellout was the first event of any kind at the stadium. It received massive publicity and was always going to be full, whether tickets were sold or given away (I’m not suggesting there were loads of freebies, I don’t know) The next home game will most surely sell out, being the Sydney derby.

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

He’s Australian!

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

The biggest talking point: There is no A League fantasy competition! Fox Sports, who seem to care less about the A League every season, have stopped running the one they had going, so is there a fantasy league out there, anywhere? Roar…?

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

You might have missed the pun.

Going to games is more important than marketing campaigns

Goalkeeping is a dirty deed, done dirt cheap.

Going to games is more important than marketing campaigns

Agreed, Simon should have been awarded a penalty, don’t know how the referee missed that.

We need to talk about Matt Simon

Nemesis

Is that really how the 6 extra rounds will be decided? That’s…ridiculous. I’m not sure whether there are other football leagues that play uneven numbers of games but it certainly happens in the two other codes here in Australia. I think the NRL determines its extra rounds based on a formula around the final placements of teams the previous season.

It's the most important A-League season ever - so let's see a fixture list

I am completely nonplussed as to why the A League is SHORTENING the season by one round despite adding a new team. 11 teams equals 30 games with everyone playing each other three times. This negates the messy tinkering needed to make an 11 team competition play 26 rounds. It can’t be that hard to add 3 rounds into the competition. After all, there have been 12 teams in the league in the past.

It's the most important A-League season ever - so let's see a fixture list

They certainly did, Macca. Vince Savoca was there, looking as fit as ever.

The night old soccer came home

Hi JB
Andrew’s son Steve was at the function, it was great to catch up with him too.

The night old soccer came home

I’m suggesting it. Only because Mark Rudan virtually admitted it in his post-match press conference.

Does form count for anything going into the A-League finals?

I’ll mention it every minute if we get a Grand Final like that one!

Does form count for anything going into the A-League finals?

Nowhere in the article did I say this is an issue for the broadcaster. Rather, it is a logistical issue for the league organisers.

How the A-League’s finals format creates a scheduling nightmare

Sorry, that’s incorrect. Under the old system, as soon as the finals series begins, there is only a need to have two grounds reserved, because the Grand Final was always hosted by one of the top 2. And the grand final venue is known a fortnight ahead of time. Under the new system, in Week One, it is still logically possible for the Grand Final to be hosted by any of the sides who finish 1st to 5th so that’s 5 grounds in Week One, 3 grounds in Week Two and only one week before confirming the grand final venue.

How the A-League’s finals format creates a scheduling nightmare

Punter
There may be some confusion about the EPL and “English football” though. As a long-time admirer of English football, I just wonder how many of the players in those 4 teams that have made Champions League quarter finals are English. I also wonder what effect Brexit will have on the EPL…?

Most A-League players can't compete in Asia. Why shoot the messenger?

Good point, thanks for clarifying.

Why the Mariners may be the most important club in the A-League

I’m sure I’ve heard that somewhere else…

Can the NPL and A-League ever be friends?

There sure is. And he’s a really good player.

Can the NPL and A-League ever be friends?

Your argument appears to be a little circular. BBL crowds have dropped by more than 20% in 2 seasons. BBL is mass vacation care with some bats and balls.

A million fans, stacks of stats and the embarrassing Mariners

People attend professional wrestling and circuses in big numbers too.

A million fans, stacks of stats and the embarrassing Mariners

Buddy
I agree. The Mariners should never be moved to another region. If and when that region is ready, they should be in the A League on their own merits. Moving franchises around the country might work in the United States for American Football but I think it would be a disaster here.

Why the Mariners may be the most important club in the A-League

Slightly revisionist history…

Why the Mariners may be the most important club in the A-League

Waz
The reason I used the term “needs” is due to the FFA having the region to themselves. It might not necessarily be the Mariners in their current form, but abandoning the region would be incredibly foolish. As to Mulvey contacting Lawrie McKinna, it had more to do with community engagement than anything else. Mulvey moved to the region and seemed to be seeking out advice about what works best. I don’t think that’s a stupid thing to do.

Why the Mariners may be the most important club in the A-League

500? That’s optimistic!

Why the NPL beats the A-League

But not testing…?

Would Chris Ikonomidis be nothing more than an also-ran in the NSL?