The fixtures for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season have been announced with some blockbuster clashes scheduled to kick off the new season. But how did your club fare? We examine the draw for all ten clubs…
It’s an exciting start to the season for the Reds as champions and fierce rivals Melbourne Victory come to Adelaide Oval in the opening round.
It’s the first of six games the Reds have in the City of Churches over the first 10 weeks, making it imperative they get off to a strong start.
Josep Gombau’s men host big-drawing Sydney FC twice and there’s a Boxing Day treat for home fans as Wellington Phoenix come to Coopers Stadium.
They round out the festive period on New Year’s Day away in Sydney against the Wanderers.
While they spend most of the early part of the campaign at home it means three of the last four are away, including a final round trip to AAMI Park against Melbourne City.
John Aloisi’s reign at Roar gets underway against good mate Tony Popovic as Brisbane travel to Pirtek to take on the Wanderers in the first match of the season.
In fact Brisbane opens the campaign against two of last year’s real strugglers.
The new boss’ first home match is a week later against his former club Central Coast Mariners.
It’s the first of 14 home games Roar will play in the upcoming campaign.
Roar is taking one of their home games to Cairns, a December 12 clash against Wellington Phoenix at Cazaly’s Stadium.
There will be plenty of football for Brisbane fans to watch around Christmas and the New Year as Roar host Melbourne City (Dec 27) and Perth Glory (Jan 2) over the holiday period.
It’s looming as a Jumbo January for the club as they play Victory, Adelaide and Sydney FC in a three week period.
They also take on champions Victory twice in the final five rounds, including away on the final weekend of the regular season.
Central Coast Mariners
The Mariners kick-off their season at home to Perth, the first of three big home games over the first five rounds.
The club is desperate to turn their home ground into a fortress again and have some big clashes for home fans to look forward to, including two home games against both the Jets and Sydney FC.
Overall the Mariners have 14 home matches, although they are taking one of those – against Victory – to Simonds Stadium in Geelong in January.
It’s going to be a cracking festive period for the club, which includes a bumper Boxing Day clash against the Sky Blues in Sydney.
And the club has won back their coveted New Year’s Eve fixture in Gosford, taking on Wellington Phoenix to bring down the curtain on 2015.
Melbourne City FC
For the second season in a row, City opens their season at Allianz Stadium against Sydney FC.
It’s the start of a blockbuster opening fortnight for the club, which includes the derby the following weekend at Etihad Stadium.
After the two Melbourne rivals met in the finals last season, the derby’s take even greater significance this year and City have two at ‘home’ at AAMI Park this season.
They don’t come up against former boss John Aloisi until round 7 when they head north to take on Brisbane Roar.
The festive schedule sees them travel to Roar again on December 27 before returning home to take on the Sky Blues on January 2.
John van ‘t Schip’s side have a good end to the season with four of six matches on their home turf, including a final round clash with Adelaide United.
What an exciting start for all Victory players, coaches and supporters to look forward to.
A tough trip to Adelaide opens the season for the defending champions before the derby the following week, not to mention a Grand Final replay against Sydney FC in round 6.
The lead-in to Christmas sees the second derby take centre-stage less than a week before Santa arrives.
A home match against Perth Glory just after Christmas is something for the fans to look forward to, while Kevin Muscat takes his side to Newcastle early in the New Year.
It promises to be a fantastic February for the club as well with four blockbuster matches against Wanderers, City, Adelaide and Sydney FC.
They finish the regular season at home to Roar.
The Scott Miller revolution at the Jets will be given a stern examination as the Hunter club faces a tricky – but exciting – start to the season.
They head across the ditch to play Wellington Phoenix on the opening weekend before back-to-back home games against two big guns – bogey-side Sydney FC and champions Melbourne Victory.
The first F3 derby of the season soon follows in round 6 at Hunter Stadium.
A Christmas Eve clash is also a feature of the Jets draw as they take on the Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium, while they host Victory in their first home match of 2016.
They play four of their last six games on the road, including a final round derby which could have the potential of being a season-defining clash for one or both clubs.
Glory will be hoping to quickly move on from the disappointment of last season and their new era starts on the Central Coast before a home clash against Phoenix in round 2.
They host Victory in round 5 which is always a big game for the club and the supporters.
Back-to-back home clashes against the Mariners and Wanderers in mid-December will be important before they travel to tackle the Victory again on December 27.
Kenny Lowe’s troops have tough long trips to Wellington this season, both coming in the space of six weeks in rounds 18 and 24.
Glory host Melbourne City FC in the penultimate round before heading to Allianz Stadium to tackle the Sky Blues in round 27.
The Sky Blues start with games against Melbourne City and the Jets but all eyes will be on round 3 and the derby at Allianz Stadium.
It’s the first of two derby’s in front of their home fans for the season, with the one clash at ‘Wanderland’ coming on January 16.
Sydney FC has the luxury of not having too much travel in the first part of the season, only leaving NSW once in the first nine rounds.
A grand final replay against Victory at Allianz in round 6 will be a beauty while the club is also taking a home match to ANZ Stadium.
That clash will be against the Jets on January 9, the second time the Sky Blues have hosted a clash at the venue after the 2-1 win over Glory in 2012.
Graham Arnold’s side finishes the regular season with back-to-back home games against Adelaide United and Perth.
The Phoenix will be out to build on a superb 2014-15 season and kick off the new campaign at home to Newcastle Jets.
The club is spreading the love again this season, taking two of their home matches to other parts of New Zealand.
The first of those is at QBE Stadium in Auckland against Melbourne Victory on December 5, before taking on the Mariners at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on January 30.
Home fans won’t get the opportunity to see their side though between Christmas and the New Year though as Ernie Merrick’s outfit is away to Adelaide (Boxing Day) and the Mariners (New Year’s Eve).
Phoenix does have the bonus of just the one long trip to Perth this season and they get that out of the way in round 2.
There are also five of the last seven matches at Westpac Stadium to help build momentum towards the finals, with the Wanderers heading to town on the last weekend.
Western Sydney Wanderers FC
The Wanderers are part of the season’s opening fixture for a second straight season, with John Aloisi’s Roar heading to ‘Wanderland’ on a Thursday night.
Unlike last year though there should be a lot less travel for the club with no Asian Champions League football to contend with.
It doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of big games though.
The first of those is the Sydney derby in round 3, while back-to-back home games against Roar and Victory (round 9 and 10) will be huge drawcards for Wanderers fans.
A Christmas Eve fixture against the Jets at Pirtek is an exciting clash, while the club is also at home on New Year’s Day against Adelaide United.