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    A-League Season 2014/15 Draw Released


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    Football Federation Australia has released the draw for the 2014/15 A-League Season, kicking off the season

    with a blockbuster Friday night match at Etihad Stadium between the Wanderers and Melbourne Victory.

     

    Update: The FFA announced several changes to the draw in late September which may render elements of the following article no longer valid.

     

    The Western Sydney Wanderers will be fighting on three fronts this season, the inaugural FFA Cup, the A-League and also Asian Champions League.

     

    There are 120 days (3 months, 28 days) until the 10th of October when the opening match of the season will kick off. The Wanderers will play Melbourne Victory in the season opener at Etihad Stadium. The Wanderers and Melbourne Victory each won 1 game over the other last season while splitting the points in one of the games of the season late in December last year.

     

    Western Sydney will contest the Asian Champions League quarter-final against Guangzhou Evergrande over two legs, the home leg on the 20th of August and the away trip on the 27th. The Asian Champions League 2015/16 group stage, which the Wanderers are very likely to be entered into having finished second place in the A-League last season, will start towards the end of the season.

     

    The Football Federation Cup Round of 32 match has been rescheduled to a yet to be determined date, as it clashed with the ACL first leg. The FFA Cup final will be played on the 16th of December.

     

    The other matches in Round 1 see an F3 Derby between the Mariners & Newcastle to kick off on Saturday, with Sydney FC hosting Melbourne City at the Sydney Football Stadium in the late game. The "Distance Derby" between Wellington & Perth is the early Sunday game, and the round concludes with the Roar vs Adelaide at Suncorp.

     

    The Sydney Derby will be another series of highlights on the Australian sporting calendar. This season the Wanderers will host two derby matches at Parramatta Stadium, with the lone away match at the SFS being in Round 2. The two home derbies will be played in Round 8 (29th of November) & Round 20 (28 February). Other blockbuster fixtures include the Wanderers facing the newly coined Melbourne City for the first time in Round 11 on the 13th of December at Parramatta Stadium, and their Grand Final opponents from last season, the Brisbane Roar, in Round 4 at Parramatta Stadium.

     

    The A-League Premiership season will finish on the 19th of April with Perth vs Melbourne City. The Wanderers close their Premiership campaign with a match against Adelaide United at Parramatta Stadium on the 18th of April. The Finals Series will start on the 24th of April and finish with the Grand Final on the 10th of May.

     

    The Asian Cup, the premier international tournament for the Asian Football Confederation will begin on the 9th of January with Australia vs Kuwait and end with the Asian Cup Final on the 31st. The A-League is affected by the Cup, and as such the Wanderers will have a break of matches from the 6th of January until the 1st of February.

     

    Wanderers supporters can look forward to 17 games in New South Wales, which includes 1 in Gosford, 1 at the Sydney Football Stadium, 1 in Newcastle, 13 at Parramatta Stadium and 1 game at a to be determined location in Round 9 against Perth Glory.

     

    As always there are a number of matches scheduled outside the usual days, and these include the Wanderers Round 14 clash against the Mariners, which is being held on New Year's Day 2015 at Parramatta Stadium. Round 15 is on Tuesday the 6th of January against Melbourne Victory.

     

    A full schedule can be seen here.

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    I don't think they didn't care.

     

    I think Ante is on the money, they probably didnt even consider it a possibility. Very disappointing.

     

    - Putting the Melbourne Derby on the same night as the first leg they shot themselves in the foot re ratings and just general buzz around the fixture both in the lead up and following it.

    - Giving us Wellington followed by Perth following the second leg. Even if the second leg was at home, those two fixtures in consecutive rounds are outrageous.

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    I don't think they didn't care.

     

    I think Ante is on the money, they probably didnt even consider it a possibility. Very disappointing.

     

    - Putting the Melbourne Derby on the same night as the first leg they shot themselves in the foot re ratings and just general buzz around the fixture both in the lead up and following it.

    - Giving us Wellington followed by Perth following the second leg. Even if the second leg was at home, those two fixtures in consecutive rounds are outrageous.

    Agreed. Ridiculous on both counts. Surely you schedule for all possibilities, remote or otherwise?

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    I don't think they didn't care.

     

    I think Ante is on the money, they probably didnt even consider it a possibility. Very disappointing.

     

    - Putting the Melbourne Derby on the same night as the first leg they shot themselves in the foot re ratings and just general buzz around the fixture both in the lead up and following it.

    - Giving us Wellington followed by Perth following the second leg. Even if the second leg was at home, those two fixtures in consecutive rounds are outrageous.

    Agreed. Ridiculous on both counts. Surely you schedule for all possibilities, remote or otherwise?

    Exactly!

     

    I can't believe there is more outrage around people not receiving their membership packs (some stickers and a hat) than this absolute mess of a schedule.

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    Two home games in three days?! I only just realised this. They are taking the piss.

    Might as well play both games back to back before muscle soreness sets in, make changes to the lineup as necessary at full time

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    by my calculation these are our fixtures after we come back from the Asian Cup break in Jan. it's not pretty, i'm going to be tired just watching the games :lazy: . expect to see more trifiro and appiah, i know that's going to make all of you happy :good:  :rofl:  :cheeky: .

                                                                                               Local  AEDT
    Round 15 Sun  1 Feb Melbourne City           v Western Sydney Wanderers AAMI Park          7.30pm 7.30pm
    Round 16 Sun  8 Feb Western Sydney Wanderers v Wellington Phoenix       Penrith Stadium    5.00pm 5.00pm
    Round 17 Sat 14 Feb Newcastle Jets           v Western Sydney Wanderers Hunter Stadium     5.00pm 5.00pm
    Round 18 Sat 21 Feb Adelaide United          v Western Sydney Wanderers Coopers Stadium    7.30pm 8.00pm
    ACL  MD1  24-25 Feb (away?*)
    Round 19 Sat 28 Feb Western Sydney Wanderers v Sydney FC                Parramatta Stadium 7.30pm 7.30pm
    
    ACL  MD2    3-4 Mar (home?*)
    Round 20 Sun  8 Mar Brisbane Roar            v Western Sydney Wanderers Suncorp Stadium    4.00pm 5.00pm
    Round 10#Wed 11 Mar Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City           Parramatta Stadium 7.30pm 7.30pm
    Round 21 Fri 13 Mar Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne Victory        Parramatta Stadium 7.40pm 7.40pm
    ACL  MD3  17-18 Mar (away?*)
    Round 22 Sat 21 Mar Western Sydney Wanderers v Newcastle Jets           Parramatta Stadium 5.00pm 5.00pm
    Round 11#Wed 25 Mar Brisbane Roar            v Western Sydney Wanderers Suncorp Stadium    7.30pm 8.00pm
    Round 23 Sat 28 Mar Perth Glory              v Western Sydney Wanderers NIB Stadium        6.45pm 9.45pm
    
    Round 24 Fri  3 Apr Western Sydney Wanderers v Melbourne City           Parramatta Stadium 7.40pm 7.40pm
    ACL  MD4    7-8 Apr (home?*)
    Round 25 Sat 11 Apr Central Coast Mariners   v Western Sydney Wanderers Central Coast Stad 7.30pm
    Round 26 Sat 18 Apr Western Sydney Wanderers v Adelaide United          Parramatta Stadium 5.00pm
    ACL  MD5  21-22 Apr (home?*)
    Round 27 Sat 25 Apr Western Sydney Wanderers v Perth Glory              Parramatta Stadium 5.00pm
    
    Elim Finals 1-3 May
    ACL  MD6    5-6 May (away?*)
    Semi Finals 8-10May
    Grand Final  17 May Sunday 4.00pm
    
    ACL R16.1 19-20 May
    ACL R16.2 26-27 May
    

    *ACL home/away fixtures: my educated guess based on another guess of us being seeded 2nd in our group, or if we are seeded 1st then as another educated guess it would be the opposite for each MD. the ACL 2015 draw is on thurs 11 dec so we'll know more then.
    #A-League catch-up games

    -for 5 weeks in a row from 21 feb(round 18) to 28 mar(round 23) we have 2 games a week, so 11 games in 5 weeks
    -for 7 out of 9 weeks from 21 feb(round 18) to 25 apr(round 27) we have 2 games a week, so 17 games in 9 weeks (one saving grace is there are only 4 interstate games of the 12 a-league games during this period)

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    Bloody ESFC get the first derby right before our ACL final and the last derby between two ACL midweek group matches. Lucky bastards.

    Edited by Davo

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    Bloody ESFC get the first derby right before our ACL final and the last derby between two ACL midweek group matches. Lucky bastards.

    Arnold will still try to find a way to whinge about something

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    Bloody ESFC get the first derby right before our ACL final and the last derby between two ACL midweek group matches. Lucky bastards.

     

    Arnold will still try to find a way to whinge about something
    Wouldn't have it any other way, yes can see GA complaining about a congested schedule or having to travel too much, there will be something!

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    GA complained about playing on a Saturday night at home and then playing 3 days later at home again. That sure sounds like hard work!

     

    Imagine playing in the grand final and then playing in another country 48 hours later in the first leg of a knockout round.

     

    Oh wait...

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    Wed games should never be followed by a Friday game. ******* stupid.

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    big blue is on again in 2 weeks time, didnt they play only 2-3 weeks ago?

    sydney derby on twice in 6-7 weeks

    some teams have played each other 2 times already and are yet to play of other teams

     

    tell me again why i should be backing or give my support to De baboon and david flop?

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    big blue is on again in 2 weeks time, didnt they play only 2-3 weeks ago?

    sydney derby on twice in 6-7 weeks

    some teams have played each other 2 times already and are yet to play of other teams

     

    tell me again why i should be backing or give my support to De baboon and david flop?

    whether you agree with it or not the following is one reason...if you want a big $ tv deal then these are some of the things the ffa has to agree to

     

    http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/blog/2014/11/10/league-presented-window-opportunity

    Half of the A-League's aggregate attendance and television audience comes in the first 10 weeks of the season between October and mid-December and FFA understandably won't halt the competition in that period. The clubs, fans and broadcasters would not want that.

     

    The front-end loading of the season with big fixtures in the 'clean air' between the Australian football and rugby league and cricket seasons is working brilliantly. Since Season 7, when the league first kicked off in October, crowds have gone from an 8400 average in Season 6 to an average of 13,250 in Season 9. Television ratings (pay TV only) went from 44,000 to 84,000. Membership has gone from 51,000 to 96,000.

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