Football Australia has been forced to radically restructure the 2020-2021 A-League and W-League matches due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the beaches in northern Sydney.
Instead of the games being postponed, all clubs outside of NSW will only play among themselves during the opening month of the competition – which is scheduled to start on Sunday – while all clubs in NSW will only play matches with each other.
The draw for the new look means the A-League and W-League seasons will begin on the same day for the first time in history.
The Western Sydney Wanderers face Sydney FC at Bankwest Stadium in the W-League, before the Wanderers clash with expansion club Macarthur FC at the same A-League venue.
Football Australia league chief Greg O’Rourke said the governing body was in a much better position to tackle the pandemic at the end of the 2019-20 season.
“We have gained a significant amount of knowledge through the organization of the 2019-20 season, which has allowed us to act quickly and respond to these latest changes,” said O’Rourke.
“We have planned for next month in light of the latest restrictions, and our goal remains to provide the best possible football experience for each of our 218 games by June 2021.
“We are five days from the start of a historic season and we are all ready for the start of the football summer.”